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I need ferret iteam ideas! Answered

I'm looking for ideas and ways to make clothes and other things for my ferret and still be safe for my ferret. I'm looking for all kinds of things, but I have limited space. I could also use patterns or instructions too.

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Goodhart (author)2011-01-27

Out of all the "links" I found on the subject, most of them dealt with the sale of clothes, but I did come across this link here....on making them, and some other advice also here.   Hope this helps :-)

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Kiteman (author)2011-01-25

You're going to dress your ferrets in costumes?

Don't you need all your fingers?

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crapflinger (author)Lithium Rain2011-01-27

uh, how did the baby not wake up during finger 1 and start screaming it's head off and how did the parents not hear said screaming before the ferret got to finger 7? even baby fingers aren't THAT easy to just gobble off quickly, it takes a bit of work to actually gnaw through a finger. was the baby completely immobile? surely it would have been waving it's hands around. it said the mom was sleeping next to the baby in the living room, and the baby was in a seat and not a crib. how did she not hear any of this?

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Lithium Rain (author)crapflinger2011-01-27

I don't know - that's what a lot of people are saying. I do know I'm not sure enough of how long it takes to inflict those types of injuries on such a small child, so I'm not as confident that it would not be super-fast. I don't know.

What I do know is that I have absolutely *no* sympathy for the animal, like some people who object so strenuously to the father's actions (he killed the ferret as soon as he found out). I would too! It's an animal, and it has proven itself dangerous - it _should_ be destroyed. It's up there with all the insane people who say they only get sad when animals die in movies, not people, or that they'd save their pet over a child they didn't know.

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crapflinger (author)Lithium Rain2011-01-27

oh i'm not arguing against the dad's actions. if the creature is still having a nosh on your kid you should probably do something about it.

i've just got issues with the description of the occurances. it seems highly unreasonable that an animal in your home would be in the process of consuming all or part of your child that's sleeping next to you without there being some kind of noise. babies cry A LOT and about A LOT of things. it seems illogical that one would not be crying while being eaten alive regardless of how long it takes for the creature to get through a finger. finger 1 should have resulted in blood curdeling screams from the child and a swift boot from the adult.

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Kiteman (author)crapflinger2011-01-27

There was a documentary on the BBC last night about the perception of pleasure and pain.

It included a girl who cannot feel pain, something the parents discovered when, as a baby, she chewed the flesh off her own hand.

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crapflinger (author)Kiteman2011-01-27

i would hope that a condition like that would be reported with the report of the event. also, that's a really rare condition, rare enough that it shouldn't be assumed without confirmation.

of course the linked article is skant on info to begin with, so everything is speculation. but still.

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Kiteman (author)crapflinger2011-01-27

I wasn't diagnosing, simply pointing out that the parents may not be as bad as some are implying - the child in the article is around the same age as when the child in the documentary was diagnosed.

Oh, and regarding the speed of chewing, having encountered a number of ferrets in the flesh, I am quite confident that a four-month old's fingers could go in a short enough time that the child would only be reacting to the first bite as the last occurs - they kill rabbits by biting through the spine.

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crapflinger (author)Kiteman2011-01-28

while i understand that they kill rabbits by biting through the spine, they don't swallow rabbits whole like a python. after the kill strike their consumption phase takes a while.

i think one or two could go pretty quickly, but, from memory most weasels aren't gulpers, they do chew their food. so if it takes 3 seconds to bite the whole finger off it probably takes another 3 to 5 to chew and swallow. i know that baby fingers are tiny, but, i still have a hard time wrapping my brain around the whole idea.

UNLESS there was something dreadfully wrong with the child (medically/mentally/or heaven forbid the thing was drugged so it wouldn't cry) i just don't see the ferret getting through 2 hands worth of fingers before it started screaming. as soon as a baby starts screaming a mother is supposed to be awake and alert. especially if that mother is sleeping right next to said baby.

i just have a hard time not blaming neglegence. i'll have to research the story more

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Goodhart (author)crapflinger2011-01-28

It does sound very suspicious....

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Lithium Rain (author)crapflinger2011-01-27

I agree that it's very odd (really, I was more on a fairly irrelevant rant against idiot commenters on other sites). The only thing I can think (because I really don't want to believe the parents were stoned or something - that would make it soooooo much worse) is that maybe the thing got like 5 fingers in one swift chomp (babies' fingers are *little*), putting a whole hand in its mouth or something, then started taking a bite out of the other but got interrupted and just got two. I can see that happening super-fast - mom's asleep, ferret goes CHOMP, baby screams, waking up mom, and in the 2-4 seconds intervening ferret goes for another bite but is interrupted mid-stream. I'm not entirely sure that it would take long at all (but again, I'd like to think it was just a tragic accident with a sharp-toothed pet, with the parents not under the influence or anything).

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crapflinger (author)Lithium Rain2011-01-28

if this were a dog, or other large mouthed animal i could see the whole "whole hand at once" theory working. but ferret mouths aren't much bigger than a baby hand to begin with. and again, i don't think weasels are typically gulpers.

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Goodhart (author)Lithium Rain2011-01-27

Oh dear, I will never look at "finger food" in the same way again.

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flyingwaya (author)2011-01-25

He's very friendly and doesn't bit. I'm also looking for other ideas like toys or other things.

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NachoMahma (author)flyingwaya2011-01-25

.  Please keep in mind that ferrets, like any wild animal, can become very aggressive if frightened, cornered, think you are stealing food, &c. They are also very curious and will get into things they shouldn't be into if not constantly watched (worse than any two year old child heehee). Not the best of pets under normal circumstances; terrible pets if you have children around.
.  That said, Googling "ferret clothes" and "ferret clothing" finds a lot of good stuff on the 'Net. If none of that suits you, you might be able to scale down clothes for Dachshunds.

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flyingwaya (author)NachoMahma2011-01-26

My aunt had them around when we were kids And they have been tamed for many, many years. They are like any other animal the better they treat them the better they behave.

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NachoMahma (author)flyingwaya2011-01-27

. Well, I'll be a ferret's Uncle. There is a domesticated ferret (Mustela putorius furo). Most of the "pet ferrets" I see around here are captured wild species (often some type of weasel).

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Kiteman (author)NachoMahma2011-01-27

Very common pet in the North of England, stereotypical, in fact, along with flat caps and wearing wooden clogs to go to work in't' pit.

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