ferret....... my two albinos and one black eyed white all vary in shades of
white/yellow and i love 'em the color they are....
>OK, this goes back to when I was young and foolish and hung out with
>hairdressers, but, in humans, that yellow color is caused by oil deposits
>and Ph balance (or imbalance) between hair and scalp oils. Folks with
>white, platinum or silver hair, or light bleached blonds, often have
>trouble keeping their hair lovely, so cosmetic science has a solution:
>color corrector/enhancer. A purple enhancer is added to ordinary
>shampoo or rinse to eliminate yellow tones. A blue one is used for
>killing off orange or "brassy" tones. If your ferret shampoo is lavender
>or purple it contains the yellow-killing enhancer.
>You can buy just the enhancer at a beauty supply and add 1 to 2 drops to
>ordinary ferret shampoo as you are about to use it. Don't use too much or
>end up with a purple ferret. Don't treat the whole bottle. A small bottle
>last a human who washes their hair every day about a month. Imagine how
>it will last a ferret?
>Can you guess what color my hair is?
>On Sat, 03 Apr 1999 04:11:09 GMT,
> brought forth the following words...:
>>I have not owned a white ferret, but I was also curious so I did a bit of
>>web searching...came up empty-handed.
>>Instead I shall throw in my biology and chemistry degrees on a wild goose
>>chase. A vet may know the answer. I have two ideas.
>>First, a friend of mine owns two white dogs. The reason why she has
>>keeping them white is because of their saliva. Their saliva from constant
>>itching they have from a skin condition turns their fur red. Looks
>>terrible. I doubted this, but this is what her vet said. I thought it
>>might be from all the fleas the dogs had. If you wet flea feces, the
>>will discolor the same way. But if it is saliva, that might cause fur to
>>turn different shades depending upon the pH of the saliva. That could
>>it diet related, but ferret and kitten foods should not be a problem
>>My other idea has to to with the fur growth itself. I have yet to see a
>>photo of a very old ferret with stark white fur. Maybe they are out
>>However, if they are not, it may be because as they get older, their fur
>>tends to grow out with what appears to be yellow, but is actually a very
>>pale version of a brown shade. Some humans go grey, some go white, some
>>at all, and almost all blonds go darker as they get older.
>>I have a black sable and a champagne. As my sable has matured (almost 2
>>now), her fur has changed to include a more silvery sheen. Her points
>>remain very black. My champagne (almost 1 year) has developed a slight
>>yellowish tinge to some fur around her shoulder area but not on the
>>Since they eat the same food and sleep in the same hammock, I can't see
>>it is diet or cleanliness. Otherwise, my sable's silvers and white bib
>>mask parts would not look so bright white. Before I started writing this,
>>took a closer look at my champagne's fur and I am convinced that although
>>*could* appear to have a yellowish tinge, it may really be a hue of light
>>brown. Indoor lighting will make everything look very yellow.
>>Now, after this lengthy dissertation, I have to say this is really more of
>>guess. I never studied ferrets but saw many large white lab rats studied
>>for old age. All the young ones were white, while *all* the elderly were
>>yellowish. Probably a well-informed vet could have saved my boring essay
>>with a two minute answer. hehe
>>Ah well, I tried. :) Today was a boring day. *snicker*
>>I *was* going to make one real point here, though, and that is that if I
>>owned a white ferret, I would try very hard not to bathe it more often
>>I would bathe a dark ferret. I could see the temptation to keep it
>>like perfect snow, but it probably would not be good for the skin.
>>Hugs to everyone's fuzzies of every color!
>>>I saw a post here a couple of weeks ago about this topic, but I can't
>>>it now so I'm afraid that I'm going to have to annoy everybody by asking
>>>the question again (sorry!) : how can I keep my little albino, Tickles,
>>>white (or at least not yellow)? Are there any special products, diets or
>>>home remedies? Please please reply 'coz I want her to look at pretty as
>>>Angelina and Taz, Badger and Tickles
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