Burying your Dead Ferret

If you are reading this article, then you might have lost your pet Ferret. Sorry for your loss! Let me tell you how to bury your little friend.

What to do when your Ferret is dying because of old age?

You won’t be able to save your pet if they are dying because of old age. Usually, Ferret will live up to 5-8 years and may live beyond the years if you provide proper food, cage temperature, and housing.

Shower them with warm water for 15 minutes every other day. They don’t have enough strength to move or to eat. They mostly sleep on the cage floor, and you have to force-feed them with the vitamin and calcium supplements with the help of the syringe without the needle. Consult the vet as soon as you identify their condition, and the vet will ease his death without pain.

Sick Ferret

How to identify if your pet is dead?

Before burying, check whether your pet Ferret is dead or not. They won’t show any movement and their fur becomes dull. Try to keep them warm. If they don’t show any activity after an hour, then they are likely dead.

Symptoms of a dying Ferret

  • Lethargy
  • Difficulty Breathing
  • Lack of Appetite and Weight Loss
  • Diarrhea, Bloody Stool, or No Feces
  • Vomiting
  • Nausea
  • Discharge
  • Dull Fur Color and Skin Problems
  • Seizures

Is it legal to bury your pet Ferret in the backyard?

Yes, it is legal to bury your pet in the backyard.

How deep should you bury your pet?

Make sure to bury your pet at least at a depth of 3 feet.

Why is it important to bury them deep?

It is essential to avoid other animals like raccoons digging your pet up.  If anyone comes in contact with your deceased pet, they could get sick, even fatally.

Is it okay to bury your pet on your own?

It depends on you. If you want to bury your pet at your house as a memory, then you can go ahead. You have to take the necessary steps to do that.

Don’t touch your pet with bare hands. Use gloves to handle them and wrap them in a plastic bag. Bury them away from the water area and bury them as deep as you can.

Ferret Biting

I’m not willing to bury my pet. What do I do?

Certain dead animal removal services bury pet animals at a low cost. You can call them, or you can inform your vet about it. Your vet will help bury your pet, but you have to take your pet to the clinic.

How long do you wait to bury your pet?

Try to bury them within 24 hours. To slow down the decomposition process, put them in a Ziploc bag and then in the freezer.

Trash disposal

If you are not willing to bury them, put your pet sealed in a plastic bag and then in a box. Write on the box as “Dead Ferret” and put it in the trash bag for garbage collection. If it takes a while to pick them up, put them in the freezer until the pick-up date/time.

Why is it not advised to bury your pet in the backyard?

If you have any other pets at your house and if your pet comes across the deceased body, then there is a high possibility for you and your pet to get infected. It may even lead to death for your pet.

Grieving in Ferrets

Ferrets grieving for their cage mate

If you have housed more than a ferret together then the loss of their companion would be painful for the other ferret and for you as well. We handle the grieving process differently whereas the fellow ferret does differently by being

  • Lethargic
  • Depressed
  • Sleeps more than it did previously
  • Doesn’t come out of its burrow much
  • Loss of appetite
  • Not excited to play or explore their enclosure

Ferrets Grieving for Humans

The grieving process is the same for ferrets when their owner dies or when their other mate dies. However, their grieving for their owner is not much depth as they do for other ferrets.

When ferrets have lost their owner they have their cage mates who understand each other feelings to share the grieving and to get through the hard times.

When the Other ferret dies they won’t be able to share or communicate their loss to humans instead they will be lethargic and sleeps a lot than usual.

Final Thoughts

The pain when someone losses their partner or friend is the same for all living beings however different beings mourn differently and try to overcome their loss.

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