Message Number: FHL10413 | New FHL Archives Search
From: "Velvet Dreams"
Date: 2009-12-04 12:04:20 UTC
Subject: [ferrethealth] New Member - Question

I run into a constant dilemma with our ferrets. I want them to always have available warm, comfortable, soft places to curl into. The issue is that sometimes they love to scratch at the cloth and materials and then there's a bunch of stringy fluffy fuzz. If they throw it on the floor I clean it up. But I know that it is possible for them to ingest it.

Some of the items that we have: Cotton cloth hammocks & tubes, Comf-E Cube, Cuddle Cup, Funnels, Marshalls Sleep Tent, Marshalls Fleece Sleep sack, Petsmart sleep sack, and marshalls fleece hammock raised up on a stand. Most of these items are made out of cotton, have some sewing machine stitching, fleece, white fluffy fleece, and the hooks.

My concern is that any intake of these thread-like materials could get stuck in the tummy of one of our ferrets

We feed our ferrets Laxatone 2-3 times a week. But sometimes even with that - one or two of them will have a persistent cough. ///
I have read that some vets want to take immediate X-Rays, have a full exam, and possibly go right into surgery to pull out any threads or cushiony material that may have gotten into the ferret. /// Do I take the ferrets into the vet and spend $1200 every time one of them is coughing too much? /// Do I take away all of the warm, well cushioned sleeping items they have? /// Does anyone have any suggestions, ideas or help that you can send my way? It would be really helpful.

Thanks, Jules /


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