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Shedding season is upon us! Help your ferret keep things moving along.

Like many domestic creatures, ferrets shed. They have two coats: an undercoat of soft, very dense fur that insulates them, as well as a topcoat of longer, thicker guard hairs that repel dirt and keep the ferret essentially waterproof. If you blow on your ferret, you will notice that the dark guard hairs will part so that you can see those light furs underneath. Most ferrets are white or cream in the undercoat and have markings in their outer layer, which gives them their distinguishing features, such as being sable or having a mask.

Ferrets shed two times per year, in the spring and in the fall. Because they are very photosensitive, keep in mind that your particular ferret’s shedding behavior is affected by its exposure to light, so he might not shed at the same time as another ferret kept somewhere else.

During shedding, it’s a good idea to brush your ferret with a soft brush to help the process along. Bathing can also help, but too much bathing can dry the ferret’s skin and deplete natural oils, which can make shedding worse and actually increase odor when the oils return in full force.

The ferret’s body is well-equipped to deal with shedding and in an ideal world, the hair will move through the digestive system smoothly. However, it’s a good idea to use a supplement, such as our new Ferret Lax Soft Chews. They’re a tasty treat that your ferret will love, and will help keep things moving along!

Although ferrets are susceptible to hairballs just like a cat, they very rarely cough them up like a cat. That means the hairballs stay in the digestive system, and, just like a clogged drain, can cause a blockage. At that point, expensive surgery will likely be required to save the ferret’s life. So keep things moving along inside your ferret with Ferret Lax Supplement or new Ferret Lax Soft Chews, just to be on the safe side.

It’s National Ferret Day 2015!

Today, April 2nd, 2015, is National Ferret Day, which is officially defined as “A day to educate the public to respect this lively and intelligent companion animal — the domesticated ferret. This day is also a time to focus on such ferret issues as welfare, care, nutrition and responsible ownership. Annually April 2nd (in the United States).”

The first official National Ferret Day was last year, on April 2, 2014, although ferret enthusiasts have been celebrating the occasion for almost twenty years. But thanks to one hardworking ferret lover, Carol Roche of New York, it is now an official observance. She took it upon herself to learn how to make a day an actual, official day–in other words, to get it officially recognized by Chase’s Calendar of Events, which is basically the worldwide reference for special events, holidays and days of observance.

When Roche learned that she needed a sponsor for her application, she went to the American Ferret Association, who were more than happy to be a sponsor and put a link on their website. So after her hours of research and hard work, it all paid off when National Ferret Day became an official Day!

And, just like it’s spelled out in the official definition, National Ferret Day is about much more than celebrating how cute and fun ferrets are (though we can certainly do that all day, every day!) It’s also about focusing on ferret welfare, wellness, nutrition and responsible ownership. There are many misconceptions about ferrets, and it’s up to responsible owners like all of us to help spread the word so people can know what great pets they are.

The more people know, the less likely they are to be afraid or hesitant of having a ferret as a pet, and ferrets will begin to be properly listed as domestic pets, which they are, rather than exotic pets, which they are not.

Every year, ferrets get more and more popularity and recognition. Let’s help the wave continue all year long!

Top 5 reasons ferrets are perfectly suited for city living

The news lately has been focused on why ferrets are wrong for a certain city. Today, let’s focus on why they are right for urban pet owners living in any city at all.

Ferrets don’t require a lot of space. Ferrets love to play, and play hard, but they don’t need a yard or a park to romp in. Any standard room will do–plus you and some fun toys, of course! Ferrets need four hours of daily outside-the-cage playtime, and that’s easily accomplished in the mornings before work and the evenings before bed.

Ferrets can adapt their schedule to yours. You may have heard that ferrets are nocturnal, but they are actually crepuscular, which means that they are naturally active at dusk and dawn. For many city-dwelling ferret parents, these are ideal times for ferret playtime. But a ferret’s schedule is easily adjusted to yours. Basically, you can wake them up when you want to play. They’ll sleep when you’re gone. No need to worry about a sad puppy waiting at the door, pining away and waiting for you to come home. And definitely no need to hire a dog walker!

Ferrets are litter-trainable. Obviously, this is a biggie for any pet that’s going to share its living space with you. Ferrets have great success with the litter box, and a little training and preparation can go a long way. Simply placing litter boxes in corners where ferrets play will greatly increase their chances of using it. The thing to remember with ferrets is that their digestive system is very short, so they can’t be expected to travel a long distance to relieve themselves. Keep the facilities close at hand, and your ferret is much more likely to use them.

Shedding is not an issue. Like any furry animal, ferrets do shed, but it’s manageable for two reasons: It’s only twice a year, and it’s not a lot. A healthy, properly groomed and cared for ferret will shed its coat twice a year, in the spring and in the fall. Beyond that, normal hair loss is expected, but because ferrets are so small, it’s usually not an issue. Vacuuming regularly and washing ferret’s toys and bedding are sufficient.

It’s perfectly fine for ferrets to stay inside all the time. As far as pets go, ferrets have delicate respiratory systems and are susceptible to some human-born diseases that do not affect other pets, such as pneumonia and influenza. For this reason, some ferret owners choose to limit their ferret’s exposure to the outside world. Of course, some ferrets enjoy walks on their harness and lead. Those ferret owners who take their fuzzies outside are always vigilant to look out for hazards like dogs, cats, vehicles, or anything that might bring harm.

Of course, there’s a plethora of other pets for city folk to choose from–from fish to lizards and rodents to even a small cat. But there’s something about the silly, affectionate, inquisitive ferret that is just perfect–and once you discover it, no other pet will do!

NYC’s failure to lift its ferret ban is nothing short of depressing.

Disappointing news for New York City ferret lovers rolled in earlier this week as the city’s Board of Health ruled to uphold the long-standing ban on owning ferrets as pets.

Sadly, only 3 board members voted in favor, falling far short of the 6 votes needed to lift the ban. “[Ferrets] seem to be uniquely problematic,” stated one official–a comment quite typical of the pervasive, incredibly vague yet intensely negative attitude toward ferrets we’ve been hearing from New York City for quite some time now.

Ferret ownership has been illegal in New York City since 1959. Lest anyone forget, in 1999, mayor Rudolph Giuliani pronounced a ferret advocate “deranged,” proclaiming that “excessive concern with little weasels is a sickness.” Note the glaring lack of substantive evidence as to WHY someone who advocates for ferrets must be deranged or mentally ill.

Regarding the current decision, New York City health officials cited a fear that ferrets are more likely to escape and become feral because of their “unique skeletal structure.” A fear that is completely unfounded, since feral ferret populations are not an issue in the United States, as evidenced by the fact that not a single state with legal ferret ownership has subsequently repealed the decision. Are things so much different in New York City than the rest of our nation–or the rest of their own state?

For the record, Marshall spokesferrets Tyrone and Trixie currently reside in Chicago, where their “unique skeletal structure” hasn’t aided them in much beyond wiggling themselves into new positions for snuggling and treat-begging.

A true public health risk, right?

“New York City’s Board of Health voted not to overturn the decades-long ban on owning ferrets as pets on Tuesday… a travesty of justice for a number of reasons,” wrote Dave Bry for The Guardian this week.

We couldn’t agree more.

Marshall Pet Products Launches Convenient Peggable Pouch Packaging and Pill Paste for Horses at Global Pet Expo 2015

Marshall Pet Products will debut a convenient peggable pouch for all Pill Paste product lines as well as new Pill Paste for Horses next month at the Global Pet Expo, the pet industry’s largest annual trade show.

WOLCOTT, NY, FEBRUARY 23rd, 2015 – Marshall Pets launches convenient peggable pouch packaging for Pill Paste, plus new Pill Paste for Horses, this year at the pet industry’s largest annual trade show. They’re the two newest additions to the company’s successful product line, which enables animal caretakers to “hide the bitter taste” and administer pills and capsules with ease.

By rolling out the new peggable pouch packaging, Marshall Pet Products is providing retailers an easier way to display and stock the hit product.

New Pill Paste for Horses is formulated with mint, which horses love and seek out in the wild. Like the other Pill Paste products, it is highly palatable, covers any size pill, and easily wraps pills with no stickiness and no mess. It’s the newest addition to a product line comprised of tasty Bacon or Peanut Butter for dogs, Bacon for cats, and Wheat-Free Bacon for dogs with food sensitivities or allergies.

Clever pill-hiding Pill Paste doesn’t crumble, won’t dry out, doesn’t stick to fingers, and covers any size pill–unlike the competition. The original Pill Paste won a 2013 Pet Business Industry Recognition Award in the Dog Healthcare Category.

Marshall Pet Products will offer various promotions on orders at the Global Pet Expo in Orlando, Florida March 4-6 at Marshall Booth #2225. For more information about the company and its innovative new pet products, email or visit

About Marshall Pet Products

Since 1993, Marshall Pet Products has provided innovative pet solutions for cats, dogs, birds, horses, rabbits, hamsters, ferrets, gerbils, and guinea pigs. Top brands include Earth’s Balance, GoodBye Odor, 180XT, Pet Solutions and Good Mews. Marshall is committed to continually developing new products to enhance the special bond that pet owners have with their pets. The company was recognized with two Pet Business Industry Recognition Awards and one BlogPaws Award in 2012 and one Pet Business Industry Recognition Award in 2013.


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