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Why does my ferret scream?

by amy brockman · 0 comments ===> Tags: , ,

If your ferret screams or makes loud cries when there is apparently nothing wrong, it may be that he is deaf and simply doesn’t know how loud he is being.

Deafness is much more common in ferrets than most people realize, in fact, an estimated 75% of all dark-eyed white ferrets and ferrets with blaze and panda markings.

Deafness in ferrets is almost always a result of Waardenburg syndrome, a genetic condition which leaves the inner ear under-developed.

Don’t worry. Deafness in ferrets isn’t a big deal, but you will probably want to read up on it so you know what you’re dealing with.

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