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I need your help I have 4 ferrets and have had ferrets for 8 years now. I recently adopted a male,elroy, and Jack my other male fight all the time. Jack screams,hisses, pees, gets a fuzzy tail and attacks elroy. Elroys screams, pees, runs to get away. This is horible to hear and watch. I've tried, bitter apple, punishing in carrier, treats, scruffing both of them.  It's been two weeks now and I have them separated when we are not home. They are never in a cage, they roam around my house. Please help

Hi Sarah:

First please let me apologize, I just now received your question from the Expert robot :-(  i always try to reply in a timely manner so I truly apologize you did not receive a timely reply to your question.

It seems strange to me that your ferrets pee when fighting. That makes me think it is a territorial issue.  Usually if a ferret is truly scared while playing/fighting, they POOP. As with people, some ferrets simply do not like each other. If one is constantly the aggressor and the other constantlt running from him, I hate to see it continue, tho the saying is No blood, no poop, no foul" meaning as long as you do not see one of them poop when attacked, neither is bleeding, it is just rough ferret play.  

Are both male ferrets neutered?  If not, neutering may well fix the problem.  Make sure they don't have to share a bed or toys, etc, that there is plenty of space for each to be king of his own little area.  If they are both neutered, it may be a decision you have to make to give one ferret up in order to have peace in your home again. Thats sad, but also sad to have continual peeing and fights.

I hope and pray your home is extremely ferretproofed having that many ferrets run loose. Something as simple as a pencil eraser, shoe insoles, socks,  or rubberband can spell death in the form of intestinal blockage.  It sounds like you are an experienced ferret owner, so hopefully you understand the dangers of ferrets running loose in a home.  It is, of course, harder to separate two fighting ferrets when they are running loose also.  Instead of punishing and using Bitter Apple, might I recommend you go the opposite route and put Ferretone on each ferret?  Maybe they will forget to fight and lick each other and suddenly realize they can be friends.  If that does not work, rather than punishing them for what really is normal instincts, it just might be a good idea to rehome your new guy, as sad as that is, it may be the only path to a peaceful home once again.  I hope and pray Feretone does the trick :-)

I would like to invite you to join my Facebook ferret group called THUNDERING FERRET PAWS where we exchange stories, pictures and experience and advice is always just minutes away instead of having to wait for the Experts system to process it to me.  Hope to see you there!


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PLEASE READ ALL BEFORE ASKING QUESTIONS... WHAT I CAN DO: Being a ferret owner for 20 years, I can answer questions re: general care, cage ideas & requirements, healthy foods and snacks, safety issues, ferretproofing play areas, common causes of intestinal blockages, appropriate housing, litterbox training, making bathtime fun, toys, games galore, outdoor trips, "Do`s and Don'ts, traveling w/ferrets by car or RV, safe environmental temperatures & keeping your ferret cool in summer (NOT A FAN!!), setting up a hospital cage, IBS (irritable bowel syndrome), helicobacter (ulcers), adrenal disease symptoms & care,intestinal blockages, helping your ferret recover quickly/safely from surgery; common problems of ferret ownership, illnesses; care of sick or injured ferrets, hospice/palliative care, facing & coping with your ferret's death, choices that must be made when a ferret dies, memorializing your pet online and in your daily life. #1 TIP: FIND AN EXOTICS VET BEFORE YOU GET A VET...IF YOU WAIT, YOU MAY FIND YOU HAVE TO DRIVE UP TO 6-HRS TO GET TO A PROPER VET!..if you did not find one first, be WILLING to drive as far as possible for proper care. AND.... #2 TIP: FERRETS ARE EXPENSIVE TO FEED, HOUSE, VET & CARE FOR PROPERLY...IF YOU CANNOT AFFORD ONE/OR NOT READY TO SACRIFICE, PLEASE DON'T GET ONE!! A FERRET IS NOT LIKE HAVING A CAT OR DOG!! THEY REQUIRE MORE TIME, ENERGY, CARE AND MONEY to properly care for them. Prepare to spend up to $8,000-$10,000 OVER A FERRETS LIFETIME (6 to 8 years usually) FOR NECESSITIES & VET CARE. WHAT I CAN`T DO: I can`t take the place of your ferret vet; if your ferret appears sick,PLEASE have your ferret examined by a ferret vet .TIME IS OF THE ESSENCE FOR A SICK FERRET - PLEASE, IF IN DOUBT, GET THEM TO A VET! 24- hours of a ferret not eating/drinking may kill your ferret! NEVER FORCE FEED A SICK..he may choke. Sub-Q or IV fluids from your vet who is not eating WILL help save his life IF he gets it in time.


I have nursed ferrets through many illnesses, an injury, and a variety of diseases over the years.Ferrets are so very delicate, yet incredibly strong-willed; a well-loved ferret will fight courageously to live if given proper medical care, close monitoring, and especially lots of TLC.& LOVE. A ferret can entertain for hours on end when they know they are the center of attention; and they can make even the grumpiest person laugh. They do require a LOT of time, love and daily care, but the love you give a ferret always comes back to you tenfold OR MORE!! I dedicate the time I spend helping others here to my precious little ones who have gone to the Rainbow Bridge. They taught me how to laugh, to love unconditionally....and how to live each & every day to its fullest, and for that I am forever grateful.


Yuma Daily Sun (local newspaper) recognition for being an outstanding ferret mom and having incredibly well-trained ferrets. I am currently working on book of ferret care to share my experience. JOIN ME ON FACEBOOK:!/groups/thundering.ferret.paws/ for faster answers to your questions and input from other experienced ferret owners. Lots of past questions answered on that you can still reference by category. If you don't find your answer there, please submit it and I will be happy to help you :-)

I read everything I can get my hands on regarding ferrets, I learn from my great Exotics Vet, and my own experience and interactions with other ferret owners. I am writing a book on ferret care (Great Need for a CORRECT one!) never rely on a ferret book OR a website when your ferret is sick. I can help with suggestions to use IN CONJUNCTION with proper care by your exotics specialist vet (ASK when you call for an appointment whether or NOT your vet has EXPERIENCE in working with EXOTICS..if not, move on and continue to seek one. The wrong vet can KILL your ferret. I learned this early when my ferret hurt his front paw jumping off the couch...a vet, NOT EXOTICS SPECIALIST couln't handle ferret properly because he was afraid of the ferret...and ended up xraying THE WRONGBARM, telling me it was not hurt. I took xray & ferret to EXOTICS SPECIALIST VET 3-hrs away & found out the arm WAS BROKEN & wrong arm had been xrayed. THAT is how important it is to have a PROPERLY TRAINED VET FOR YOUR FERRET!

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