Message Number: YG3884 | New FHL Archives Search
Date: 2001-05-22 07:50:00 UTC
Subject: Questions on mating behavior - possible causes?

I never thought that I could ever find a reason to do it, but here goes...

I've got (2) 2 year old neutered male ferrets that are exhibiting mating
behavior. The 'girl' of the pair has had to be separated from his cagemate
due to the bite wounds from the 'boy'. These ferrets were released to the
shelter and she said that they fight a lot in the cage. This isn't fighting,
the sable scruffs, mounts and 'mates' (as best as a neutered male can to
another male) with the panda.

Both have been thoroughly examined by my vet, as I was concerned that we had
a possible cryptorchid causing all of the problems. He couldn't find one on
either ferret, so we gave the sable a lupron shot and took blood for a
Tennessee Panel, just in case we have an unusual adrenal case going on. The
only other thing that is unusual is the sable did have what looked like hob
rings around his eyes, but have since faded. We have nothing else to look
for, so I thought I would toss this out to the collective experts....we
should have the results of the panel back next week. Any ideas other than
exploratory surgery? That is basically our last card to play.

Lisa Leidig, Head Ferret
The Ferret Haven "By-the-Sea"