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Polecat?

Discussion in 'Ferrets' started by Pampered pets, Aug 8, 2009.


  1. Pampered pets

    Pampered pets PetForums Senior

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    A guy brought me a polecat and two kits the other day, said he trapped her while he was out working, brought her home and bred her :(

    I plan to try and get her DNA tested to see if she is pure polecat or a hybrid, or even a lost ferret, she is very nervey and hisses a lot so i guess she may well be a true polecat and if its proved she is she will go for release although her kits will have to stay.

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  2. Akai-Chan

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    Humans are disgusting creatures :mad: if he caught one of these why would he breed it?!

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  3. Pampered pets

    Pampered pets PetForums Senior

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    I agree but ill take her to the wildlife centre when her kits are weaned, if she is full polecat she will go back where she belongs :)
     
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    is she tame? if so it maybe possible she is someones lost pet that has been court? shes lovley
     
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    Pampered pets PetForums Senior

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    yes i was puzzled by her whish is why i want her DNA tested to be sure, i had figured there was three possibilities,

    she is a wild polecat,
    she is a hybrid either wild born or captive and got lost
    or she is a ferret who got lost.

    she isnt agressive but she is nervey and jumpy like a polecat and evry hissy, i havnt put my hands in the hutch as she gives me clear warnings by hissing and tail puffing so why chance it?

    i can pick her up from a flat surface and she dosnt attempt to bite but she is very quick and nearly mad a dash for it, she is either hybrid or polecat in my mind, id of thought a true polecat would be highly agressive especially with kits but somome with poelcat knowledge has said this is not always the case.

    il be contacting the wildlife centre to see what they suggest, ive heard many times of workers coming across lost ferrets so its not impossible but i dont think she is 100% ferret.
     
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    Could she be an EU polecat? i know a lot of people keep pure EU poleys as pets...

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    Beautiful looking thing x

    My niece's boyfriend has two polecats that he uses for hunting (or something along those lines). They're both female. He said that you have to breed them otherwise they die?

    I find this to be very far fetched :confused:
     
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    It's true, ferret females have to either be bred, put with a vasectomised hob or jill jabbed otherwise they can die. If they stay in season, they develop a type of anaemia which can and will kill them.

    So not far fetched atall :D

    If he says he has polecats he probably means the polecat markings on a ferret :)

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    Wow, didn't know that.

    Have no idea never seen them. He said his step dad bought two for £25 each if that helps LOL. They're training them up to go down burrows etc.
     
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    Hiya PP

    It sounds like she does have some wild blood but then again all polecats do somewhere just some more then others. Maybe shes been lost quite a while and has started to become wild and now shes back with you shes having to learn to trust people again? I hope that you can keep her but understand why your getting DNA test done, her kits are beauties im jealous lol
     
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    Yeah those'll just be ferrets :p Actualy polecats cost waaaay more than £25 for 2!

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    They're beautiful animals I would call a wildlife sanctuary see what they think because if shes wild she should really go back.
     
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    I think that's what the OP is intending to do :p

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  14. Pampered pets

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    Yep as i said several times, if she is polecat she will be released, however several people have had the same suspicions as me, she isnt vicious like a polecat should be or black like you would excpect although my friend has an albino and ginger (not sandy i mean ginger) pure polecats.

    Actually the ginger was released on a programme but the albino coudlnt be because of his colour, i think maybe she is hybrid but i shall find out,

    Thanks DK the kits are beautiful, the silver coliur came from the dad, he is sandy but nearly all his two litters of kits came out silver lol

    I think there is a sticky somewhere about jills, its a misconception when people say they have to be bred or they die. Yes they have to be brought out of season but not by being bred as this just ads to the kit problem, spaying is the best option then the jill jab (an injection from the vet) or a Vasectomised hob (infertile) its the rough act of mating that stimulates the jill into going out of season.

    Please encourage your relative to spay or jill jab rather than breed :)

    If repeadedly left in season they develop aplastic anaemia which is basically bone cancer due to a constant build up of hormmones being released into the body which is fatal.
     
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    Thanks, im still trying to find out about DNA tests, found a local wildlife centre that deals with polecats so just have to wait until the kits are a bit older .
     
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