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From: Karen Kerns
Date: 2001-08-12 21:14:00 UTC
Subject: Re: [Ferret-Health-list] kittens and ferrets

Only one of my cats, my youngest, has ever caused problems
with the ferrets, and that is only beause he plays too hard. (
Does so witht he other cats, too.) The rest of the cats more
or less ignore the ferrets. Though Isis, my little girl
ferret, has made it her life goal to torment Rufus, my
MainCoon. When ever he comes into the room while they are
playing, she will chase him all over the place. Even climed
the cat perch one day to get to him, and he has never tired to
hurt her, even though you can tell he just wants her to leave
him alone. I think he may be scared of her, as she has
managed to chase him out of the room several times. She will
even crouch in frount of him to stare him down.

It is very very funny to see an 18 pound cat being pushed
around by a little 1 pound ferret.

I think they both know that they battle for the numero uno
place in my heart and she is trying to show him who's boss.

Karen Kerns

"All of the best people have bad chests and bone disease.
It's all frightfully romantic."
-Heavenly Creatures-
----- Original Message -----
Sent: Sunday, August 12, 2001 2:24 PM

I dont want any harm to come to my furrbutts as this kitty
may just be a temp situation...thanks

Marla Meiko Artey, Cinnamon Fro(who is doing much much
better and is

If they are introduced properly and you watch the reactions,
they should be
okay. My Mom has two cats and two large dogs. My four
ferrets and they all
get along well together. (either at her house, or when I'm
babysitting the
cats/dogs...) The younger dog is the only one I would trust
unsupervised with
my ferrets. The older one is 14 yrs old (that's old for a
used to be 90 lb
dog) and has cushings disease, cancer..... She's is a crabby
old fart and
will bark at them. She will lay there and watch them, and
she can smell them
but, they can't smell her. My ferrets have learned to sniff
from a distance
and leave her alone. When both cats are at my place, both
will tolerate the
ferrets, and the female will play with them. When the
ferrets are visiting
Mom's, the female will play, and the male wants nothing to
do with them. If
the ferrets are under the covers on the bed, the male will
strike at them
with claws out. The female always keeps her claws in. (this
is when the cats
are trying to sleep and the ferrets get up on the bed)

The main thing I would say is to watch the claws. They can
scratch the eyes
or face. If the kitten is tolerating the bitting and playing
then I think
things are fine. Just watch to see if the claws are being
kept in.

Amy and the boys
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