Four ferrets helped raised Brigid from about 10 weeks old. The kitten became part of their business (a group of ferrets is a business). She often slept in their hammocks and shared their food. Lady Tosca, Jester, and Koda Bear have gone to Rainbow Bridge. Kaliyah remains as leader of the ferrets.
Brigid, Bobby, and Kaliyah are all a family but the interactions between adult cat and ferrets are different.
Brigid and Kaliyah Fall of 2015
Brigid no longer fits in the hammocks but still visits the ferrets in the cage and shares a meal. They still cuddle in other places. It’s so cute to hear Brigid purring as she falls asleep next to the ferrets.
The ferrets still act toward her as another member of the business. They play together although the style of play is a bit different. While all three play chase games, the ferrets also want to play wrestle- much to Brigid’s disdain. She’s not thrilled to have a ferret pounce on her back in ferret play.
A few days ago, Brigid played chase with Bobby. I heard Brigid “complaining.” I checked to see what was happening. Bobby had latched on to Brigid’s lip. This is a wrestle/ play behavior. Ferrets often will latch onto each other playing. I think this was a squabble. All three of them periodically miss the signal to quit. It also happens between the ferrets. All was well. Brigid’s ego was damaged. Later that night, Bobby and Brigid shared a treat of Carivore Care. Their relationship remains intact.
Another time, Brigid came off the loser in a chase game. Kaliyah dove under the couch. Brigid face planted into it. I swear that I heard Kaliyah laughing.
In December, I finished putting up the tree right before the ferrets’ playtime. I have an artificial tree. Kaliyah climbs the tree at least once every year. This year, Brigid decided to climb it as well. Kaliyah weighs 1.5 pounds. Brigid weighs 13 pounds. You guessed it. The tree fell over. No injuries to either cat nor ferrets. Or the tree. I don’t bother with decorations anymore.
Bobby and Brigid Fall 2015
No. I definitely don’t bother with decorations. There’s no point.
They are so different but put the differences aside to be friends and family. I wish people were more like this.
The little ones give me a smile daily. They’re always into something. Or planning something.
Find something that makes you laugh. It helps.
“I solemnly swear that I am up to no good,” is a ferret’s life. They haven’t learned the “Mischeif managed” part and probably never will.
Koda Bear in 2010. He was part of the business that raised Brigid. He went to Rainbow Bridge in 2012.