Friday, December 17, 2010

Ferrets And Shedding

Ferrets are no exception to shedding, which is a natural process for most animals with fur or hair. Shedding coats typically happens twice a year for ferrets, once in spring and once in fall. When autumn arrives, ferrets will dispose of old hairs and grow a thick winter coat. Come spring, they will dispose of the excess winter growth and replace it with softer hairs.

During the fur-shedding period, brush your ferret regularly; this will help to prevent the swallowing of hair, which can lead to hairballs. You might also want to consider giving you pet a hairball remedy (or a laxative) specific to ferrets during this period to help him pass fur that he swallows. Because unlike cats, ferrets do not throw up hairballs; they pass them through the intestinal tract, and hairballs can get stuck in the intestines, which can lead to major health issues.

Always think prevention when it comes to fuzzies!

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