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Old 10-09-2006, 09:11 PM   #1
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Default OT: Anyone know where I can find a Ferret?

Yes, that's right.
Ferret, like of the small & furry variety.
I've been really tempted for years to get one, and now that I'm all settled down in Austin I think it's time.

Thing is, I don't have a clue of what pet stores or breeders to go to.
So, does anyone know where I can find a ferret near Austin, TX?
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Old 10-09-2006, 09:15 PM   #2
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Petsmart, and Petco sell them.
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Old 10-09-2006, 09:21 PM   #3
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Get yourself a Cobra, and use it as bait. You'll have a ferret in no time.
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Old 10-09-2006, 09:22 PM   #4
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i bought one from some pet store right off of 183 and burnett i believe, called herpatorium or somthing like that. its a really cool pet, be really picky when you decide on which one to get cause they have different personalities
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Old 10-09-2006, 09:24 PM   #5
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ferrets are cool little guys, but they stink so bad. or maybe i just had one with a gas problem. if you decide to get one, train him to use a litter box.

http://ferretwaystation.com/index.php?page=petfinder
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Old 10-09-2006, 09:27 PM   #6
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ive always wanted a ferret
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Old 10-09-2006, 09:38 PM   #7
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Lol, you guys rock!
And skeletor25rs, I think you are thinking of a mongoose... but all the same, would a Cornsnake work?


Found it crawling around outside my door a few nights ago!

lovethebugeye - I'll check into that "herpatorium" store tomorrow. It'll be a few weeks, but I think I've just about decided on getting one. I'll definitely be litterbox training him too!

Not to mention crawling around on all fours "ferret proofing" my home before I get one.

Has anyone here had them "descented" or whatever it's called?

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Old 10-09-2006, 09:56 PM   #8
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check the name of the store, now i'm thinkin it was called herpeton, it was somthing like that, anyway, good place, i got an albino one, he's crazy, and they really don't smell too bad if you take the right precautions and clean they're cage out
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Old 10-09-2006, 10:04 PM   #9
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I'm going back to NWIC now...

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Old 10-09-2006, 10:06 PM   #10
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lovethebugeye - you were right! I found Herpeton's website.
Any other advice and/or precautions?

I hear they get along well with cats too. I have one declawed American Bobtail housecat who is equally insane. He's about 2 years old now, and I'm hoping a ferret will be a good playmate for him since he's constantly running laps around my home.
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Old 10-09-2006, 10:06 PM   #11
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Thanks for keeping the ferret fact finding positive here guys!

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Old 10-09-2006, 11:21 PM   #12
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Make sure the ferret is not blind.


http://nmzc.wrota.info/

wait for it......
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Old 10-09-2006, 11:47 PM   #13
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i dunno if they are all like this, but my ferret thinks he owns the world, so he chases other animals around, it awesome. while i was staying with my friend that had a cat he would spent the entire time he was awake chasing this huge cat around, definately entertaining.
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Old 10-09-2006, 11:51 PM   #14
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That's just what I wanted to hear! My cat is nuts. He's a cross between a bobcat and a feral cat... really weird a know. I got him from the local SPCA back in Orlando when I lived there. I think he's getting restless just being by himself all the time. If ferrets are truly that fearless it should be a perfect matchup!

I'll let you guys know what I thought of that pet shop tomorrow.
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Old 10-10-2006, 02:43 AM   #15
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Go to the ren fest and talk to some people there. There are often some private breeders. They will have more people proof ferrets that a store. Trust me... Also, you can remove the anal scent glands, but anymore is bad for the ferret. They have to loose a lot of there hand! Just bathe them often. Start early, and they will love the water!
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Old 10-10-2006, 02:58 AM   #16
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Ferrets are pretty dirty stinky animals... Get a cat!
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Old 10-10-2006, 03:07 AM   #17
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^^ Read two posts up DavidSS, I have a great cat! He just needs a playmate.

bofh - What is this Ren Fest you speak of? Remember, I'm new to Austin!

Bathing is not a problem. Actually, and this might sound INSANE, but I bathe my cat about once a month. It keeps the pet dander & shedding, and with his long hair it's much easier to manage it. So that's no prob.
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Old 10-10-2006, 07:30 AM   #18
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From what I've heard about them, there's basically two types of ferrets. It was described to me to be similar to the difference between wolves and dogs, temperment wise. One is suitable for pet-duty, the other is feral and unlikley to be worth a flip.

Might be just some crap someone told me, but maybe worth a look to ensure you don't get 'the wrong one'.

I think what people are referring to about them being stinky is that they have scent glands like a skunk (but less 'powerful'), yes?... can probably get those removed??
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Old 10-10-2006, 08:40 AM   #19
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They don't stink if you bath them. I use to have one that loved to swim so he never stunk. I use to take him to the San Marcos river and stuff. However he ***** under stuff. So keep an eye out for that..
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Man up and buy a dog...
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Old 10-10-2006, 09:38 AM   #21
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Yes, that's right.
Ferret, like of the small & furry variety.
I've been really tempted for years to get one, and now that I'm all settled down in Austin I think it's time.

Thing is, I don't have a clue of what pet stores or breeders to go to.
So, does anyone know where I can find a ferret near Austin, TX?
they smell really, really bad.

you can wash them every day and they will still stink.

unless they have come out with a smelless ferret, wow, you're in for a treat!!
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Old 10-10-2006, 11:47 AM   #22
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Ferret = The Foul

Cute to watch scamper around though. Make sure wherever you get it from will let you return it.
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Old 10-10-2006, 04:38 PM   #23
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I used to have 3 of them before they about killed me due to their dander...damn allergies. I had a really cool laid back male, and absolute bitchy female, and a tiny timid female. By far, the dude of the bunch was the most fun but he would steal anything that caught his eye. He loved to hide in the cushions of the couch and nip you when you sat down. Playful as all get out. They did stink without regular baths.
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Old 10-11-2006, 07:54 PM   #24
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Well I went to Herpeton today and played with the kits that they had there.
My mind is completely made up on getting one, but I'll need to spend this weekend "ferret-proofing" my home first.

Maybe I'll take some pics once I get him/her.
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Well, then atleast name it a cool name like Rob or Greg
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