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Reply #15 - Sep 10th, 2007 at 9:13pm
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A ferret is not a good alternative to a small cage pet. 

They need a largish cage; several levels, a hammock, litter box, toys, etc, and quite a bit of attention.  While some ferrets would rather play and bounce around by themselves others need to be held and loved on.

A single ferret can develop loneliness and get depressed if not given enough attention.

A neutered/descented ferret does not smell unless you get them under you nose but their litter boxes can smell just like a cats.

If you cannot devote at least four hours a day of attention to a ferret I would advise against them as a pet.

The other problem with ferrets is that unless you find a private breeder you will be supporting ferret mills like Marshall Farms whose animals have health problems from bad breeding techniques.

Stick with something like a mouse.
  
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Reply #16 - Sep 19th, 2007 at 2:03pm
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Neutered de-scented ferrets still smell.  There is no way around it.  They don't smell AS BAD, but they do still smell.
  
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Reply #17 - Sep 19th, 2007 at 6:42pm
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For guinea pigs, the size of cage should be at least 100 square inches of floor space

Is this a typo? 100 square inches in less than 1 ft by 1 ft. That would be kinda small.

I have rats as pets as well as some as breeders for food. Rats can be very nice pets and are extremely smart animals as well. If you are looking for a small mammal then I would go with a couple of rats. If it does not have to ba a mammal, then I woulf go with a frog.
  
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Reply #18 - Sep 20th, 2007 at 12:29am
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Tiffer1981 wrote on Sep 19th, 2007 at 2:03pm:
Neutered de-scented ferrets still smell.  There is no way around it.  They don't smell AS BAD, but they do still smell.


All animals have an odor and unless you are what is being called a super-smeller (someone with an extremely acute sense of smell)  you can sit with a ferret in your lap and pet it without stinking up the whole room.

I raised six and the only time I noticed an odor was when I would forget to change the bedding in the cage on a regular basis,

If I put my nose in my ferrets' fur I could smell their natural scent but I found it to be musky and liked it.

When I put my cat Buzz or any of my sugar gliders under my nose I can detect their own distinct odor.  Even the human animal has an odor that is unique and distinct to that person.

One thing to consider is that the odor of furred animals is caused by their oils.  People who tried to wash their ferrets on a regular basis have reported a stronger than usual odor.  This is because the skin will secrete more oil to replace the oils taken away by washing. 

De-scenting removes glands designed to be used for marking territory.  Even cats and dogs have such glands.  It does not remove the animals own unique odor created by skin pores that create oils to keep the fur healthy.
  
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Reply #19 - Sep 26th, 2007 at 9:26am
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You can still smell them, and you can smell areas where they like to lay.  It's just the natural odor they have (de-scented and all).  It's not horrible, and in my opinion it's perfectly tolerable, but the fact is they do stink.  Their natural odor is more potent than that of a dog, cat, guinea pig, hamster, gerbil, rat, etc.  I think it's good to be 100% accurate when giving someone info. on getting an animal.  Otherwise, more animals end up in rescues, or a lot worse.
  
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Reply #20 - Sep 26th, 2007 at 1:06pm
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Tiffer is correct.  Even under the best of circumstances, ferrets smell.  And it is best to give out all the info about a species, both the pros and the cons, because things that might not bother us (and I also agree that the smell is not that offensive but then I don't find dog smell offensive either and most people do) could bother other people and then we will have still another unwanted animal in a rescue or a shelter.
  
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Reply #21 - Oct 26th, 2008 at 7:20am
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I don't know if this reply is too late. But i really think hamsters are  good choice for small house pets. They are absolutely adorable too.
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