Message Number: FHL12771 | New FHL Archives Search
From: "SukieC"
Date: 2011-01-22 17:04:45 UTC
Subject: [ferrethealth] Re: Freddie marking himself

--- In, "ANITA" <amb5890@...> wrote:
> It started when I had an un neutered
> ferret temporarily in my house.

Okay, it could certainly be medical and if the vet is uncertain
then a TN Panel can be done, or if you are outside the U.S.
I guess the vet could at least in part try to fake that by having
a few hormonal levels checked.
is the TN Panel and DEFINITELY have it sent by the hospital
directly to the people at U TN because some of the intermediate
labs wind up about doubling the total cost just to act as middle men,
so you will have to pay the vet for the test cost, special shipping,
the blood draw, the needle disposal, the vet time, and so forth,
of course, but you won't have to trust a lab in the middle to not
mess up the specimen and also pay it through the nose to mail the
specimen out.

That said, what you say above is IMPORTANT and any vet should
know about that. You could be seeing a behavioral change if
the ferret is feeling a need for more scent or for scent marking.

And now, THAT said, adrenal disease may still be more likely
so, please give more details:
age of ferret
if the behavior has worsened over time
appearance of ferret (is the ferret pear shaped, does the ferret
have thinning fur, etc.)
and more

I have also heard of people having ferrets urinating everywhere
when their people decide to clean up with ammonia.

We are currently still dealing with some fecal marking behavior by
the wonderful new sliding glass door Anderson Renewal put in.
Thank goodness they can't reach the windows to mark them, too.
Suddenly we have a door that does not leak so it smells different,
and there is silicon sealant so they might still smell that a few
weeks later. Ferrets do place waste around more when they figure
that they need to mark their territory, and sometimes they want to
stink to impress a potential mate.

This ferret is not whole, right?

While ear tattoos are usually a reliable indicator that a ferret has
been neutered not all of the farms which neuter ferrets use
tattoos, and there have been a few times in the past when the
origin of ferrets was faked by pet stores which also sold from
"backyard breeders" (a term which means the same as puppy mill)
so some people in such situations have even on other lists described
"bad tattoos" which disappeared and were probably marker. The
reason that I mention those is because a number of them were not
neutered and whole male ferrets do mark themselves and their
places if their bodies feel that it is time (and if the lights are on
a lot it will seem like it is time).

If you covered all the rest of the missing details in other posts
I apologize but I did not have time to look them up. You can
look up your own past posts by going to
then just look for posts from your address and leave the other
two boxes empty. Then just click open the right ones and copy
and paste those URLs into your post and people will have the
details at their fingertips.


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