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From: "Tressie"
Date: 2009-02-21 22:59:09 UTC
Subject: [ferrethealth] Re: Jak-Jak has new sister, need intro advice

Hi Kathy,

A 7 year-old ferret is an extreme senior and is not likely to accept
another ferret, especially a kit. At seven a ferret is slowing down,
sleeping more, wanting one-on-one quiet time with their human and
doesn't generally want to be bothered with another ferret unless its
a long-standing bonded companion. He is far too old for her and she
is far too young for him. Putting them together will stress both of

Has he ever had a companion before? If yes, a ferret closer to his
age MIGHT work, although a 7 year-old is not likely to want a new
companion. Whereas she is a baby, full of energy and should have a
companion who is a few years younger. 1 - 3 years old might work
out, or another kit closer to her age. Although a more mature ferret
(i.e., young adult) would teach her things.

You say Jak-Jak doesn't have adrenal disease - has this been
confirmed with the Tennessee Panel and/or biopsy of an adrenal
gland? A 7 year-old dragging off a youngster seems a little extreme
unless he's never had a companion before; or is too old to accept a
new ferret or he has adrenal disease that is causing aggressive

I would check with your local ferret shelter to see if they might
have a more suitable companion for your new baby. As for Jak-Jak if
he's never had a companion before, he is not likely to accept another
ferret and at his age he would probably not even want one.



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