Message Number: YG4671 | New FHL Archives Search
Date: 2001-06-18 13:52:00 UTC
Subject: Re: [Ferret-Health-list] Trouble maker need advice

In a message dated 6/18/01 1:10:48 PM Eastern Daylight Time,
allaboutferrets@y... writes:

> somehow I start to
> believe there isn't something right into her head.. at
> this moment she isn't even able to stay with other
> ferrets anymore she is keeping attacking them.
> Also she is attacking us, waiting for us if we pass by
> she graps us even through the cage.. she won't let go

Hi Carmen

I can only offer some suggestions as to her changes in behavior:

False pregnancy is a possibility (if she is not spayed).

Adrenal gland disease is always a possibility, as it does mimic a return to
sexual behavior.

Neurological problems could also cause the sudden change, as could
tumors/scar tissue of the brain, but I believe that these are almost unheard
of in ferrets.

Its been my experience that *something* triggers the change in temperament -
we just don't know what it is yet. It could even be an allergic reaction to
something new in her environment. Be patient with her and continue to talk
calmly to her, no sudden movements, no loud noises. I would also clearly mark
her cage as a biter and for no one to approach.

I'm not a vet, either so this is just my 2c thrown in...the docs here are
much more likely to accurately diagnose her for right now, I
can only offer you the hope that she will revert back to her normal self
soon. Keep the gloves on and ferretone handy..good luck to you both.

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