My ferret is suddenly not acting like herself..Not playing, lethargic, not eating even ferrit vite..help!?Ferret Food.
Question by bobbathoma: My ferret is suddenly not acting like herself..Not playing, lethargic, not eating even ferrit vite..help!?
We adopted her about two months ago with her brother. They are two years old APPROX. We dont really know becuase the moron that had them before didnt know what she was doing. The cage was all nasty and covered with poop and the one was kinda nasty. Idiot..anyways..the female has recently been sleeping more than usual (I know they sleep a lot anyway) but this is more than she usually does. Shes also not playing and is very lethargic. She isnt interested in the ferritvite stuff so shes not getting any nutrition. This all just started about two days ago. We do have another male ferret in with her and her brother (large cage) and hes been in there for about 2 weeks. I would really like to have some help with her. I know that within the next 24-36 hours ill be taking her to the vet, but in the meantime id like to see what i can do. Thanks in advance!!! 🙂
Answer by sleepycatz1972
i’m not sure i’d wait 36 hrs to bring her in…she needs to go in sooner…either tonite or first thing in the morning.
given their age, it could be anything from insulinoma, adrenal gland disease, lymphoma, all sorts of things. and ferrets are so little that by the time they start to show illness or injury, it’s often the beginnings of a medical emergency for them. ferrets CANNOT go more than 4 hrs or so without food without having some pretty drastic effects from it…do what you can to get some of the ferrevite or slush of meat-based baby food in her. gerbers chicken is good for this…if you mix it with a little warm water, she may go for it. at least you might be able to get some down her slowly with a syringe. if you cannot, she needs to go in immediately so a vet can keep her going. (ferrets have such a high metabolism that their body burns thru food incredibly fast…if they go w/o food for 4+ hrs, they can go into shock.)
in the meantime, keep a close eye on her, keep her warm (fill a 20 oz pop bottle up with hot water, slip it in a sock & snuggle it up against her in the cage) and do whatever you can to get her in to the vet.
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