Dances with ferrets

These pages are dedicated to my first 3 ferrets- Jilly, Angel and Jack... Through them I got to know ferrets and they changed my life and enriched it in many ways which I am very greatful for. In 2004 I then became interested in skunks because I thought they were like big ferrets and they turned out to be a great addition, bringing a lot of happiness and laughter (and ultimately, when they died, devastation), just like the ferrets.


This is myself, Ulrike, proud parent of:

Cats Boston, Pontus & Kitty
Dogs Logan, Lacey, Pippa & Prissy
Rabbits Rosie, Roger, Missy and Tammy (formerly Nugget)

Ferrets Angel, Hope, Igor, Barney, Tom, Spike, Jilly, Jack, Mason, Bella, Baby, Hobo, Fox, Tara, Reno, Dana, Jasmine, Riley, Rose, Willow, Jade, Gremlin, Spike II, Daisy, Bobby, Nipper, Piper, Wesley, Ruby, Kobi, Phoebe, Leo, Charlie, Jake, Squirt, Snoopy, Franklin, Honey, Peanut, Skippy, Finn, Missy, Tigger, Poley, Tammy, Sweetie & Syd
Skunks Tyler, Peppy, Blossom & Sparky
Cats Kia, Snowy, Squeaky, Stripey, Blob & Crackles
Dogs Millie & Poppy
Rabbits Bailey, Bunny & Binky
Gone but never forgotten


"I hope to make people realize how totally helpless animals are, how dependent on us, trusting as a child must that we will be kind and take care of their needs. They are an obligation put on us, a responsibility we have no right to neglect, nor to violate by cruelty."
~James Herriot, English Veterinarian and Author~

These pages are about my ferrets (and other animals). Scroll down to the 2 buttons towards the end of the page to get to the rest of my web pages. They are an honest account and also include mistakes I've made. Maybe they'll help other people avoid those mistakes and make people realize that they should think hard before making any decisions. One decision that I made without thinking long enough was to give my very first ferret Baby away. If I had thought it over properly I wouldn't have given her away. That's what I think now anyway.

Not counting Baby, I have been owned by ferrets since April 1995. My first ferret (not counting the first Baby) was an unwanted jill I rescued- I named her Jilly. I bred her (when I didn't know better...) and kept 2 of her 9 babies that she gave birth to in June '95: Angel & Jack. That was it for a while until the end of May 1997 when an unwanted ferret called "Mr Puss" joined the family- he was renamed Igor. And in June 1997, 2 RSPCA rescues followed: Bella & Tom. Since then quite a few ferrets found their way here. By the way, all my ferrets have been neutered, something a responsible ferret owner should do. Nowadays you can get an implant called Suprelorin which chemically "neuters" ferrets- it lasts for about 2 years and may well be better than spaying or castrating ferrets. I say may be because it hasn't been around long enough to establish whether it does reduce the incidence of cancer, especially adrenal disease. But for me the implant plus anaesthetic costs about as much as a spay so is not an affordable option when you have many rescue ferrets.

As of the 2nd of January 2020, I no longer have any ferrets. I have struggled to keep the web pages updated, really since I lost the last skunks. Loosing them broke me, and loosing the last ferret broke me even more. So part of me wants to pull the web pages down for good, the other part wants to honour the ferrets and other animals who have not been kept up to date. I have had ferrets continuously for just under 25 years, the house was crazy busy at times with up to 16 ferrets at a time, the skunks, rabbits and Hedgy. Now all the little animals have gone. So many losses. I am numb, I can't believe it's over.

Beginning of March I took in 4 unwanted rabbits, the previous owner was struggling with them and wasn't able to provide for their needs so I took them in even though I had started to get used to not having so many animals anymore.

Links to my other pages

You will find links to all my other pages below. The first link takes you to pages about my ferrets and to health and general care pages that I have done and also health related links to other web pages. You will also find the raw feeding pages and links there as I think feeding raw has a positive effect on health.

The ferrets have also suffered so much ill health that I have written about every health problem that I have encountered. Every ferret that dies has an autopsy and since the end of 2001, I have taken pictures during the autopsies and operations. In the hope that it will help other ferret owners. I also want to collect autopsy reports from other people's ferrets with a possible write up about the progression of their ferret's illness, symptoms, etc. The more information we have about ferret illnesses, the better. I know there are ferret veterinary books (I have pretty much all of them) but real life cases, written in plain English, will really help other people.

The second link will take you to pages about our dogs, cats, skunks, and rabbits (and information about myself). Last not least 2 pages with pictures of our garden, the first page shows how my husbands ferret proofed it and the second page shows ferrets and the other animals in the garden. Plus some really old pages with photos.

Latest updates:

For anybody interested, I have videos of the animals on YouTube and pictures of the animals on Google Photos, they will still be available when this website is taken down:

My YouTube channel
Pictures on Google+

E-mail me :-)

Last update 02/07/2020

2.6.1995 - 14.7.98


Missing her so much...

I'm glad I didn't know
the way it all would end
the way it all would go.
Our lives are better left to chance
I could've missed the pain
but I'd have had to miss
The Dance.

The Dance (Garth Brooks)

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