Date: 2009-12-07 18:57:06 UTC
Subject: [ferrethealth] Re: Ferrets, cold temps, and health
> As long as they've got lots of blankets to cuddle in when they choose, they'll be fine. I seem to remember reading they can tolerate cold down to about -20 fairly well, if they've got an insulated sleeping box.
This poster sent a private note last night that the
number actually were different than remembered
Now, temps in the 50s as the original person who
was asking are fine, but there are limits.
Below a certain point (especially for ferrets who
are not acclimated) can cause frostbite, difficulty
breathing, and can even kill.
Below a certain point and water will freeze. Not having
access to water at least every few hours is animal abuse,
plain and simple. Getting water less often is not only
uncomfortable but can become painful, can cause dehydration
and downward spiral from that, and can damage kidneys.
Ferrets need protection for extremes of temperature,
from the elements, from bird droppings (which can carry
a number of diseases) and other animal droppings (ditto),
and from predatory animals.
I am sure that others will be able to add to that list. Not
taking those things into consideration is simply unfair and
too often is cruel.
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