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From: "Ann Withun"
Date: 2009-04-29 13:26:27 UTC
Subject: [ferrethealth] Darkness requirements? Re: What should I do?

I'm a new ferret owner (January) so this is a pretty elementary
question, but... What do you really *mean* by "providing darkness" -
nuts and bolts-wise? Just wondering what is sufficient, so here are my
thousand questions:

How many hours of darkess would be a good goal to shoot for, and how
dark does it have to be (is moonlight from a window a problem?)

Is it enough to provide the *opportunity* for darkness (I have several
thick sleep sacks), or should I be *ensuring* they get darkness, such as
ensuring the entire room is completely darkened?

Captain Dan definitely prefers to sleep in the open while in his cage
and rarely burrows inside a sleep sack or hammock (but sleeps under the
bookshelf when he's out). Tumble-ina and Pandora more frequently burrow
inside one of the sacks/hammocks. Should I be trying to find a nesting
box or some other option that would encourage Dan to seek out darkness,
or do they have their own kind of sense about this?

Their cage is in my home office, and they are in there at night and when
we're not home. There are no lights on in there unless I'm in there
spending time with them at nighttime. There is one window, so it
currently is only getting as dark as it is outside. My PC is also in
there - I generally just let the monitor "time out" rather than shutting
it off - would there be a benefit to actually shutting it off? I see a
reference to "equipment lights" and not sure what that means exactly.

Thanks to everyone for all the helpful advice on this list!

Ann & Captain Dan, Tumble-ina, and Pandora


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