Date: 2011-04-22 13:24:08 UTC
Subject: Re: [ferrethealth] help wandering ferret found
Good for you for trying to help the ferret out!
A ferret that has been outside wandering around is probably going to be very hungry or thirsty. A good quality dry cat food or ferret kibble would be a good start. The ferret should be given continuous access to food and water. You can use a small bowl for the water.
The ferret is either lost or was set free by someone who didn't care anymore. If the ferret is lost, there will likely be a distraught owner out there somewhere, and every effort should be made to find the owner. Contact animal control where you live and see if anyone has reported a missing ferret. Also, search online and see if there are any ferret clubs or rescue organizations in your area. You can contact them to see if anyone has reported a missing ferret, and they also may be able to assist you with advice or medical care if the ferret is in need of any treatment. Look at the lost and found section of Craigslist and local newspapers for your area.
Health issues are a concern with any animal that has not had access to good food and clean water for a period of time. How does the ferret seem to you? Is the ferret lively and curious about people and its surroundings? Does it seem weak or lethargic? Can it walk OK? Ferrets will normally sleep 18 or more hours a day, but when they are awake, they should be at least somewhat curious about you and your house. Normal behavior would include a desire to explore any areas the ferret can get into. The ferret may even try to engage you in play by war dancing or trying to get you to chase it. If, while awake, the ferret seems weak, lethargic, has any difficulty walking, has "staring episodes", or seems "depressed", there may be serious medical issues that require the immediate attention of a veterinarian.
Let us know where you live and perhaps we can point you towards a club or rescue that can provide more assistance locally.
On Apr 21, 2011, at 11:44 PM, shybutspunky1 wrote:
> I just got a call from a friend, a ferret was found on the door step seem malnourished I;m not sure the best approach to take to help the little guy out and not sure where else I could ask for help thank you
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