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Hey!! I hope you enjoy snoopin' around my Moblog, these pictures will give you an insight into my day-to-day activities, adventures and discoveries, well, just my life really, Enjoy!

:: The 411 ::
Name: Arnold
Nickname(s): Button Nose · Arnie Barnie
Year of Birth: 2001
Breed: Holland Lop
Nationality: British
Hobbies: Playing Football · People Watching · Walking
Likes: Sleeping · Playtime · Soft Towels · Gettin’ loads of attention · Eating
Dislikes: My ears being touched · Going to the Vet · Loud Noises
Favourite Food: Carrots · Grapes · Cucumber · Strawberries
Personality: I’m very mischievous and I love to explore, I’m incredibly caring and gentle and never bite, unless I’m provoked. I’m extremely intelligent and am well trained. I’m a born leader, am not easily scared but I can be easily agitated.

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I want Ferrets!!!

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So damn cute!!!
Does anyone here own a Ferret(s)?
I want to know everything!!!

Actually, I've decided no matter how cute other pets may be, I still prefer rabbits...I'm so excited about getting a new pet (I've had pets constantly for the last 10 years and am missing not having any pets!)...
26th Oct 2006, 18:46  


EVILMINK269 says:

I have a few friends that have them and sometimes they are cute little buggers but if you don't keep up with the daily cage cleaning they STINK to high heaven.

26th Oct 2006, 18:50

jazz says:

One arrived in my kitchen one day - didn't know what the hell it was !- It is now an occasional visitor to my painting studio when escape is possible- and I leave in a hurry - I believe they bite and do not let go!

26th Oct 2006, 18:59

paintist says:

I know that they have to have sex or they get ill ( well I think I know that....) mouseninja would know...

26th Oct 2006, 19:02

EVILMINK269 says:

If they were hand raised they can be quite cute and quite social, they do bite but I've never had one *hang on* so to speak, a slight tap on the nose they stop biting.

But they do smell and rightly so, so it is in your best interests to keep on top of it.

26th Oct 2006, 19:04

hildegard says:

Smelly - they have to be bathed at least weekly, very hard to keep contained, much more likely to bite than a rabbit... Tend to be less interested in people than bunnies are. See people more as something to climb on than someone to curl up with. Lovely looking but...

26th Oct 2006, 19:06

FunnyBunny says:

Oh my!!
I think I'll stick with rabbits! At least I have experience with rabbits, especially with all this talk of smelly ferrets and all the commitment (bathing etc), after all that I would like to be seen as more than a climbing frame! haha

Oh and has anyone owned Guinea Pigs?!
I was thinking I might get a rabbit or a Guinea pig?!

26th Oct 2006, 19:11

Sprocket says:

Paintist – "they have to have sex or they get ill?" Are you kidding me. I am sooooooo coming back as a ferret.

26th Oct 2006, 19:18

paintist says:

I might have been mistaken.....I have checked with the great god google and can't find anything I just made it up...ignore me....its a pretty animal tho :-)

26th Oct 2006, 19:23

FunnyBunny says:

Eat Guinea Pigs?!?!
Arnold used to rule the whole house!
Even though he had a 2 floor hutch to sleep in, even when I let him indoors it wasn't enough he wanted to go upstairs, after that, he needed to be taken out for walks and only then he was happy that he not only owned the garden, but the house and the local streets! hehehe

26th Oct 2006, 19:23

Sprocket says:

Damn! Damn! Damn!

26th Oct 2006, 19:24

jazz says:

Thought the conversation was about ferrets!

26th Oct 2006, 19:28

FunnyBunny says:

Yeah, when I found out about the cage thing I changed my mind...I'd much rather an over active bunny like Arnie :-)

26th Oct 2006, 19:29


26th Oct 2006, 19:33

paintist says:

haha Ferrets are crepuscular (love that word.)...excellent page on Ferrets here wkipedia...

26th Oct 2006, 19:34

FunnyBunny says:

Paintist, interesting page :-)

A friend suggested getting a Kitten, I'm not to keen on cats, they are cute but I just prefer rabbits, a Cat once had her babies in my basement, they were so adorable but I stayed right away from them, I wanted one for myself but after a few days she went with her babies :-(

26th Oct 2006, 20:10

hildegard says:

Paintist - you picked up that notion about ferret sex from Eddie Grundy, didn't you? Fess up! ;)

26th Oct 2006, 20:42

MaggieD says:

I must say that the juxtoposition of images with ferrets as sex obsessed critters with the biting and hanging on and the northern sport of putting ferrets down the trousers is quite disturbing .... I'd go with the bunny option ....

26th Oct 2006, 20:56

bronxelf says:

I used to own six of them. What do you need to know?

27th Oct 2006, 05:23

bronxelf says:

*reads comments*

Hildegard- this isnt true. Descented ferrets (housepets) *should not* be bathed weekly. All this does is force their skin to produce more oils to make up for those they lost. They wind up smelling *more* when you bathe them that often. Once a month is usually the maximum, and once every 3 months is more common.

Jazz- ferrets that are poorly trained *can* bite and not let go, particularly as babies, when they don't know any better.(Nikodemos did this to me when he was a kit and it's the worst bite I've ever gotten from any animal.) But when properly socialized, this doesn't happen unless the animal is very frightened.(Niko only did it that one time. He was only 6 weeks old.)

Mandy-Ferrets are*very* social animals. A group of ferrets is called "a business". (frankly, I think more than four should be a corporation.)

Sprocket- What paintist is talking about is aplastic anemia. If a female ferret has not been spayed and goes into heat they can die if they don't actually have sex from the changes in their bloodstream. Spaying solves this problem permanently and is healthier for your pet anyway.

FB- Ferrets are not like rabbits. Aside from the fact that they're not rabbits, they're not even rodents. Ferrets are weasels(like mink and ermine), and as such they are on the other end of the predator/prey spectrum from rabbits. Having a ferret is much closer to having cats than having rabbits (having had both in my life.)

They can make wonderful pets. However they tend to get lonely by themselves and it is often best to get at least two. Further, they require a huge investment of time. They require ongoing, regular, every day interaction, at a minimum of four hours per day (it's why I don't have them anymore- I do not have the kind of time they require.) Also, remember ferrets have no shoulders. No, really. They can squeeze themselves into a space that can be less than 2" in diameter (5cm, give or take.) Having ferrets is like having little children in your house. Ones who will play with *ANYTHING* no matter how dangerous. You have to ferretprroof things.

They are *wonderful* pets. But they require a large time investment and lots of care.

Any other questions? I had ferrets for many years and am happy to answer anything you might have.

27th Oct 2006, 05:28

bronxelf says:

Mandy- my apologies. See? You teach me about rabbits, I teach you about ferrets. Sounds fair. :)

Ferrets do not "need to chew" like hamsters, gerbils and mice, but they are *really* curious. You have to understand that ferrets operate on only two questions:

1. Can I play with it?

2. Can I eat it?

As far as any ferret is concerned any and all objects exist on earth for only these two purposes.

They have teeth more like those of cats, They do LOVE to dig, though, so carpets around doorways can get easily turned into ferret toys. Likewise with any plants situated on the floor. Forget it. You put one in a flowerpot and it's over. They *can* chew on wires but it's largely because they find the texture of the insulation to be irresistable- they like anything that's kind of like... gummy in texture. You know, like a gummybear? So, things like the buttons on your remote control? Fair game. Some ferrets will ignore wires (mine largely did) but others really like to nibble on them. But *all* of them will dig at things if you give them the chance. One of the best ferret toys on earth is a cardboard box full of those plastic egg toys you get round eastertime? You know the ones that open up into two halves? Just put a box of those on the floor. Add ferret. They will amuse themselves for hours with this. *especially* if you put little prizes in some of them like raisins. :)

27th Oct 2006, 11:33

that last piece of advice really impressed me for some reason. i want ferrets now just to make a box of egg toys for them!

27th Oct 2006, 11:37

bronxelf says:

Im sure there's got to be video of ferrets playing in a box of egg toys on the web. :)

27th Oct 2006, 11:53

there is!

did you know about that already b'elf, you tinker?

27th Oct 2006, 12:00

bronxelf says:

I didn't, actually, but I pretty much figured there would have to be. It's a pretty common toy.

27th Oct 2006, 12:02

even better then :)

27th Oct 2006, 12:03

that video is sooo cute, i like his little mouth all open like hes really happy, but hes probably just trying to eat things!

27th Oct 2006, 12:05

bronxelf says:

The one that comes up below that one, "Samson and Delilah" is really adorable also.

27th Oct 2006, 12:07

samson and delilah are cool! i love it when the white one was trying to get in the box at the end! damn them ferrets are cute !!

27th Oct 2006, 12:12

goonflower says:

Not a fan - found it really alarming when staying at my sister's sister-in-law's and thinking I was alone in the bathroom then got my toes nibbled by her ferret because they can escape from cages and totally squeeze underneath doors! And it jumped all over me when I was sleeping!

27th Oct 2006, 12:24

FunnyBunny says:

Bronxelf: Thanks for all the info!! How long do Ferrets usually live for? What kind of diet do they have?

27th Oct 2006, 12:25

bronxelf says:

Sounds like normal ferret behavior to me. :D

They like toes. They're small and squishy. They also hide socks.

But the jumping on you while you're asleep is par for the course. :)

27th Oct 2006, 12:26

bronxelf says:

FB- Depends on how well they were bred, but generally speaking between five and ten years. It seems like a big span, but it really depends on genetics.

Ferrets *will* eat near anything, but what you're looking for is a high protein, high calorie, low sugar kind of diet. They made ferret food, just like you'd buy dry cat food, but you have to be careful as to what's in it. Ideally you want about 35% protein, no refined sugars. For treats they like fruit, both fresh and dried (raisins are a good size.)

Like cats (but unlike dogs) ferrets also require taurine in their diets to maintain their eyesight, so you have to make sure they get that no matter what you feed them.

27th Oct 2006, 12:54

ViX says:

'and some south american coutries eat them'

Many is right about that, in fact Peruvians nearly hunted them to extinction hundereds of years ago!

It is now apparently quite common to go into a restaurant in several South American countries and pick the G. Pig you want for dinner straight from a play pen full of very much alive ones!

As for the ferrets, I used to work in a pet shop and a customer brought her two pet ferrets with her on a regular basis. They were lovely lil critters, very friendly an inquisitive :)

27th Oct 2006, 13:25

hildegard says:

Bronxelf - I don't think you're allowed to de-scent ferrets in the UK so maybe our ferrets are smellier than your ferrets... :)

31st Oct 2006, 23:30