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From: Betty
Date: 2001-04-18 10:39:00 UTC
Subject: Re: Nocturnalism / Otomax / Baby Food

Sorry, I can't recall who asked the question initially, but in terms of
my household, the ferrets are up at irregular intervals day and night. I
find that there are some nights when the ferrets just get up to go pee
or have a quick bite and then off to bed again until morning when they
are more interested in play. There are times when the ferrets like to
sleep away part of the day and more awake at night even though I am here
with them all day. The nights that a whole group of them wants to dance
on our faces or play with all the noisy toys in the house, and fight
with each other under our sheets, are the nights we boot them all out,
and close the bedroom door, but not before calling them all sorts of
names that we would never dream of saying when we have plenty of rest
behind us. We've had our share of sleepless nights due to a certain
level of activity but for the most part, we get enough sleep with a
minimum of interruption. At breakfast, we never see the same ferrets two
days in a row to get their treat of chicken gravy. Some mornings there
are 12 ferrets, and other mornings there are only 1 or 2. I like the
fact that they all seem to do what they want when they want to.

I was given a small tube of Otomax to try when Spaz had rashes that
would not clear up. I was told to use it sparingly and in reality only
used it a handful of times. It always managed to clear the rash up
within a few days. I have never used it orally but would have
discontinued use immediately if Spaz showed any intention of licking it
off. I know I still have a lot of it still left, and I am not even sure
about its shelf life. I have to admit that I did not even realize it
contained gentamyacin.

In terms of how long baby food can be left out, there are a number of
factors to consider: The temperature of the area where it is being left,
when the food was initially mixed, what the added ingredients contain
and whether or not they need to be refrigerated after opening, etc. In a
cool situation where the baby food is not mixed with products that will
go bad if not refrigerated, the food *may* last the day. My ferrets like
it warm, and won't eat the baby food cold. The odd time I have left a
plate out for any length of time, it does not get touched at all by the
ferrets and actually gets wasted. But that's why the cats are the clean
up crew.

Betty and Her Blur O'Fur