Message Number: YG11505 | New FHL Archives Search
From: Barbara Carlson
Date: 2002-02-26 08:45:00 UTC
Subject: Re: Blind & deaf ferret

> Hello everyone, One of my ferrets, who is almost 6 years old, has
> gone blind. Other than not moving things around, can anyone share
> suggestions? Thank you...
> Ronnie
> P.S. I just posted asking for advice on a ferret who has gone blind, but
> I forgot to mention that he has been deaf all his life. His sense of
> smell is incredible (he will wake from a deep sleep if he smells
> something he likes).

I have a ferret who is apparently deaf and at least mostly blind. I noticed
that if I didn't let him know I was there before picking him up, he was
startled (and tried to bite). Now, I wave my hand back and forth in front
of him before I pick him up and he seems okay with that. He's either seeing
the light/dark (he has obvious cataracts) or smelling me. Neither
disability seems to bother him in the least.