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... all in the space of half an hour:

1. On top of the towel rack in the bathroom
2. Middle of stove
3. Left-hand kitchen counter, paws on toaster
4. Right-hand kitchen counter, pulling knife out of block

Three Things That Have Seen Better Days And Will Never Be The Same Again:

1. Shawn's brand-new bath towel
2. Spatula
3. My nerves


He has taken to climbing the drawers leading up to the kitchen counter. I had seen him eyeing the drawers for a few days but never thought anything would come of it. I really do not know how to keep him from scaling the drawers. We'll trim Tenzing Norgay's toenails, but after that I'm at a loss.

WHEN DID THIS BECOME MY LIFE???

Date: 2009-02-26 11:27 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] bebemochi.livejournal.com
I hear ya, ferret sister.

Is he pulling the drawers out to climb them, or just climbing them?

Date: 2009-02-26 11:41 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] weaselmom.livejournal.com
He seems to be pulling at least one of them partway out. I am constantly amazed how he hoists his nearly three pounds of bulk straight up in the air. He's so strong! It's one thing for Kaylee to swarm straight up any vertical surface like Spider-Man - she's basically made of balsa and dandelion fluff.

Date: 2009-02-27 12:31 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] bebemochi.livejournal.com
Magnet latches and baby locks have always worked for me. :)

Date: 2009-02-27 06:47 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] weaselmom.livejournal.com
Last night his dad Velcroed the drawers. Gaby was pawing at them again this morning, but they thwarted him. He came and took out his frustrations on the bath towel. Again.

Date: 2009-02-27 11:54 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] bebemochi.livejournal.com
Ferret thwarting is a very satisfying activity. Well, for us, not for them. :)

How is he getting on the towel rack? I mean, is it an actual rack, or is it a bar?

Date: 2009-03-01 03:34 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] weaselmom.livejournal.com
It's a pair of those horizontal bars that stick out from the wall a few inches. They're four feet off the floor, FFS. He jumps as high as he can (= very high), hooks his claws in the towel and climbs like all the hounds of Hell are after him. Yesterday morning he climbed up the *back* of the towel, and I happened to look in the mirror and saw the bath towel billowing away on the rack. Took a month off my life - "HOLY SHIT IT'S A HAUNTED TOWEL RUUUUUUN!"

Date: 2009-03-01 03:49 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] bebemochi.livejournal.com
Hahahaha, sorry, but I actually LOLed about that.

Maybe only hang towels from the upper rack? Fold the towels a different way so he can't reach them?

Date: 2009-03-01 04:56 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] researchgrrrl.livejournal.com
That just seems to inspire them to try harder and get creative. I recently found my ferret Colin, bless him, dangling from a towel rack mounted near the top of the bathroom door. It took me a few minutes to actually work out how many things he'd managed to reposition, climb, and leap from in order to get a hold of the otherwise out of reach towel he was clearly standing on. [livejournal.com profile] weaselmom has it far worse with Gaby since Colin is, well, just very pretty most of the time. (Although Colin does have his moments. The punk.)

Date: 2009-03-01 05:52 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] bebemochi.livejournal.com
My ferrets are both older, so I have less to deal with in the realm of acrobatics, haha. Although my Momo used to get up to some real mischief.

Date: 2009-03-01 05:58 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] researchgrrrl.livejournal.com
Colin has mercifully (and possibly miraculously) hit three years old, which means I have hope of seeing a little less in the way of inspired acrobatics. :) Older ferrets can be such sweet cuddlebugs -- I miss my older guys very much. ♥

Date: 2009-03-01 09:57 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] weaselmom.livejournal.com
I hear you about the miraculously part. Seriously, I don't think Gaby will make it to one year. Seriously, the toaster? The chef's knife?

Date: 2009-03-01 10:05 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] researchgrrrl.livejournal.com
Maybe if you use an old shirtsleeve and some duct tape, you can make him a little ferret straitjacket and buy some time....

Date: 2009-03-02 01:25 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] weaselmom.livejournal.com
Apropos of absolutely nothing: Do you have any plans to go see Inkheart before it leaves the theaters? There is a ferret with horns in it, as you know. It occurred to me today that I could have sent them Gabriel and they wouldn't even have had to glue the horns on every day. He's already got 'em.

Date: 2009-02-27 06:08 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] malixe.livejournal.com

WHEN DID THIS BECOME MY LIFE???


Ahem...erm... this is coming from a person whose username is "weaselmom"? Really? :D

Date: 2009-02-27 06:12 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] malixe.livejournal.com
Aaaand, not two minutes after commenting, I find this in another post and realize that I HAVE TO SHARE!

http://icanhascheezburger.com/2009/02/23/funny-pictures-of-angry-ferrets/

Date: 2009-02-27 06:59 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] weaselmom.livejournal.com
Oh lord, I had forgotten about that one! My all-time favorite has to be the Kreme of Angree Suop (http://forum.ferret.com/tm.asp?m=57511).

Date: 2009-02-27 07:00 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] weaselmom.livejournal.com
I have a dim, hazy memory of the time when I had two small, perfectly behaved, polite houseweasels and everything was calm and peaceful. Did you know that I'm no longer allowed to hold baby ferrets? Clearly I cannot be trusted.

Date: 2009-02-27 06:14 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mckitterick.livejournal.com
This is why people must think long and hard before becoming parents.

Date: 2009-02-27 07:01 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] weaselmom.livejournal.com
At least a human baby can't fit his head through a 1.5" hole.

Date: 2009-03-01 05:03 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] researchgrrrl.livejournal.com
I had one, The Mad Hattie, who figured out how to get on top of the fridge. I learned this when I came home to find the few plants I'd (until then) kept safe pushed to the kitchen floor. I was trying to wrap my brain around WTF could have happened when The Mad Hattie peered over the top at me, all, "You know, you really could do a better job of dusting back here. My allergies are completely acting up."

If anyone can figure out her trick (and I nearly plotzed when I saw it), it'll be Gaby. May God have mercy on your soul.

Date: 2009-03-01 09:54 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] weaselmom.livejournal.com
I can picture you clutching your heart and staggering backwards - that seems to be the reaction they're aiming for. Thanks, Hattie - it doesn't need to be dusted now.

Date: 2009-03-01 10:01 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] researchgrrrl.livejournal.com
Oh, yeah. I'm not afraid to admit I did a spazzy little softshoe number when she leaned over to let me know I hadn't been terribly thorough with my cleaning.

I dunno about you, but I find as a general rule that looking up to find a ferret never bodes well. Never.

Date: 2009-03-02 01:28 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] weaselmom.livejournal.com
I totally agree! One of two things is bound to happen: 1. They get startled and let go, proving once again that gravity works. 2. They say "oh YAY, you're HERE, now you can CATCH ME!" and hurl themselves into the aether, proving once again that gravity works. Hmm. The end result seems to be the same.

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