The cage I had my babies in was an old flight cage, with very small doors in it. The new one is a Feisty Ferret cage and is much nicer!! But, it has been a hectic week with putting it together and getting it ready for them and then switching everything out and getting them moved.
Then of course getting the old cage cleaned, torn down and put away for storage. My kids are not really used to the new cage yet, but they love the fact that it is closer to the floor and they can come and go as they please when I leave the bottom door open! This one is also much easier to clean. I have also listened to some of the e mails I have been getting and am now starting my kids on a mixture of 3 different foods. This was recommended to me just in case the ONE food that I was feeding becomes unavailable, they will already be used to the other 2 and I can add a different third food without a problem. Even as long as I have had ferrets, and as well as the things I have done worked - I am still open for change as long as there is a possibility it will better the lives of my precious babies. Just make sure when you are deciding on what food or foods to give, that each food has at least 34% protein and 19% fat. I have also reduced the amount of FerreVite and FerreTone that I am giving them. Instead of every day, I now give it every other day. They don’t seem to miss it. I did do some more reading and research and decided that it COULD hurt them in the long run, as there is quite a bit of sugar in each of these products. Feeding too much sugary stuff can cause insulinoma and other issues. I will be doing some more research, this time on the BiOdor. It was brought to my attention that using too much of this can cause some kidney issues as it changes the Ph of the water. I will pass along any info I find on that.
On a happy note, I was contacted this past week about 2 fuzzies that needed new homes. By sending out a couple of e mails, I was able to find homes for both of them!! YEAH. Always a good thing when we can put together people who have a ferret they can no longer keep with people who want to add to their families.
Like California, ferrets use to be illegal in Alaska. How did ferrets become legal in Alaska? It was not by petitioning legislators, or even preparing environmental documents, it was by case law. Around the early 1980s a fellow had tried to import his 3 pet ferrets to Alaska via an airline,and they were confiscated on entry by the Alaska Fish and Wildlife Department as being exotic wild animals. The ferret owner took the Department to Court demanding return of his pets and developed a case with expert witnesses that documented and conclusively proved to the Court that ferrets were domestic animals and did not fall under the regulatory authority of the Alaska Department of Fish and Wildlife. The Court ordered his ferrets (which had fortunately been held and not killed) returned to the owner and ever since they have been legal as pets in Alaska. After following your activities of trying to work with the California Fish and Game Commission and seeking legislative sponsors (all laudable and helpful efforts), I am left wondering if it is time to take the matter to the Courts. I think a legal case could be made, like Alaska, the ferrets are domestic animals like dogs and cats and do not fall under the regulatory jurisdiction of the Department of Fish and Game.
This has already been tried. In fact Marshall Pets won a court decision on this in 1999 but lost on appeal.
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