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From: Sukie Crandall
Date: 2001-07-15 22:49:00 UTC
Subject: Re: getting lazy and fat

>I have a 3-4 yr. old female ferret, Chiana, who has been acting
>strange for the past couple of months. She sleeps much more than she
>used to, and often I will find her passed out in the middle of the
>floor. It's as if she was on her way somewhere and just wasn't
>motivated enough so she may as well lay down and go to sleep. When
>she is up she doesn't play very often, just sits around or is flat
>ferreting. She doesn't seem to be feeling unwell or have any symptoms
>of anything, but because of her inactivity she is getting fat!! I
>think it first started out that she was mourning another ferret that
>we had put to sleep but she doesn't seem depressed anymore, just
>lazy! Should I be concerned?

The only way to know is with a medical exam. Two things we check
with those symptoms are blood sugar and heart function, though many
things can cuase exhaustion. At her age an insulinoma certainly is
among possibilities. Please, make an appointment to be safe.