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From: J Clark
Date: 2012-01-12 20:21:32 UTC
Subject: Re: [ferrethealth] Fat Ferret


Do your ferrets not have kibble to nibble in between raw feedings?  This is not good.  I have a girl who has a hugs appetite and has fat pads on her neck and is the chubbiest ferret out of my 5.  She doesn't eat anymore than the others and actually is the most jumpy, active running ferret of them all but it has never changed her body type or weight.  She has been to the vet and has a clean bill of health.  If you don't live in California like me, you could take your chubby one out on a leash in the garden or walk her around the block for exercise instead of relying on face to face in house play to keep her active. 

Ferrets will succumb to lethargy if there is no play opportunity.  I have a a collection of boxes with holes to tunnel through, all taped together and an industrial heavy duty clear plastic tubing I tape to the top of our stairs and let it fall down the stairs and now alll my ferrets use it like a slide to get down to their garage to
romp and climb and finally snooze in any of the various boxes in our cabinets withblankets for sleeping are tucked.  It's a weasle wonderland down there......nice and dark and completely enclosed and ferret proofed.

Thank about some way to engage your chubby ferret and I think she'll respond to your efforts.

Jilli +5

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