Ferret

Ferret

CARE AND FEEDING

Cage Dimensions*
# of Adults # of Young Length Width Height
Breeding/Lactation 1 female 8 75 cm 60 cm 30 cm
Growing 12 75 cm 60 cm 30 cm
Experimental Varies according to experiment Variable
Feeding Recommendations
Daily Feed Usage Water Requirement Begin Dry Food Consumption
Growing: feed free choice Ad libitum 4-5 days
Breeding: limit feed for lean condition
Adult: free choice or limit feed to desired condition
Environmental Data
Temp. Humidity Light Litter Material
20-25 °C 45-55% 10-12 hrs/day Maintain on 1.23 x 2.5 cm wire.
Shavings or commercial bedding

BIOLOGICAL VALUES

Blood Chemical Composition values are for plasma, except where noted
Water Calcium Sodium Chloride Phosphorus Potassium
9.2 mg/100ml 148 mEq/L 116 mEq/L 5.9 mg/100ml 5.9 mEq/L
Magnesium Cholesterol Glucose Serum Protein Albumin Globulin
162 mg/100ml 110 mg/dl 6.0 gm/100ml 3.2 gm/100ml 2.6 gm/100ml
Oxygen Consumption and Body Temperature
Observed
Weight
Temp-
erature
O2 Con-
sumption
Breathing Rate Heart Beat
Adult
Heart Beat
Newborn
38-40 °C 33-36 /minute 225 /minute
Hematological Values
Whole Blood Vol. (T-1824 dye) Clotting Time RBC Life Span RBC Diameter RBC Rate of
Sedimentation
6.1 microns
Blood pH RBC Hematocrit Platelets Hb
6.8-12.2 106/mm³ 49 ml/100ml 766 10³/mm³ 16.5 gm/100ml
Total and Differential White Blood Cell Counts
Leucocytes Neutros Eosinos Basos Lymphos Monos
9.2 10³/mm³ 49 % 3.4 % 0.4 % 45 % 1.15%

LIFE CYCLE INFORMATION

Weight
Adult Male
Weight
Adult Female
Weight
at Birth
Breeding
Age
Male Breeding Age Female Estrus
Cycle
800-900 gm 800-900 gm 6-12 gm 9-12 months
(700-800 gm)
9-12 months
(700-800 gm)
Polyestrus
Gestation Weaning Age Litter Size Rebreed After
Parturition
Breeding Life Male Breeding Life Female
60-65 days
42 days avg.
8 weeks
300-450 gm
5-11 After weaning or
next breeding season
3-4 years 2-3 years
Mating Data: Hand mating, leave for 24 hrs.
* From D. McLain, et al., Toxicology 1:211 (1987), K. Moody, et al., Lab.An.Sci. 35:272 (1985)

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