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From: Sukie Crandall
Date: 2010-11-10 23:13:38 UTC
Subject: [ferrethealth] I am wondering: Tasting differences and garbage belly?
To: fhl <>, fg <>, Ferret Mailing List <ferret-l@LISTSERV.FERRETMAILINGLIST.ORG>

I noticed today that all three of the ferrets Steve and I can recall
who used to try to get into spicy foods all gradually developed
intestinal problems that became serious over the years. Now, I do NOT
think that the spicy foods are to blame because we tried to keep them
away from those ferrets. What I am wondering is if all were garbage
bellies who would eat things they should not like dropped cereal,
dropped nuts, dropped veggies, etc. . We know for sure that Hubble
was inclined to grab what he should not but luckily did not block due
to them. He always had a terrible garbage belly. It has been some
time since we had the other two who did not reject spicy foods.
Perhaps some ferrets have messed up taste abilities and are more prone
to eating things they should not? I am wondering if that might be
genetic at least at times or always behavioral. Has anyone seen
certain genetic lines more likely to eat what they should not? BTW,
there does seem to be one taste difference which is genetic. Ferrets
who have complete white mitts and complete white bibs are far more
likely to be interested in peppermint things like candies than any
others. That was a topic on Ferret-Genetics in the past. Maybe there
is more than one tasting difference which is genetic in ferrets.
Certainly, other people have noticed that ferrets with garbage belly
are more likely to develop intestinal problems; that has been an FHL
discussion within the last few years at least once.

Sukie (not a vet)

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