Ferrets make great pets, but like all pets, they require a commitment. Before you consider getting a ferret, you should decide if your family and home is suitable for a one. Ferrets are fun loving, curious little creatures. They can become your best friend, as long as you understand the care needed and can make the commitment to keep them happy and safe.
Ferrets are very playful and intelligent. The love to sleep in a hammock and will do so most of the day. When they’re awake, they require exercise and playtime. If you’re a busy person who isn’t home often, then chances are a ferret isn’t for you. Ferrets also require a tall cage that has a few different levels; so you need to find a place in your home that can fit your ferret’s habitat.
Ferrets are very curious and mischievous. They can be very fast and cannot be left alone outside the cage. They’re known for stealing things and hiding in small places. They can chew wires and swallow small objects that can injure or kill them. When playing with your ferret, I suggest putting a collar on it with a bell attached so you can hear it if it runs out of sight.
One of the biggest concerns with owning a ferret is their musky odor. Unfortunately, many people don’t realize this prior to getting one. Afterwards, many will make the decision not to keep their ferret. There are however some helpful ways to reduce the smell. The best way to reduce odor is to spay or neuter your ferret. A common contributor to strong ferret odors is dirty ears. Ferret ears produce a significant amount of wax, which can be odor producing. You should clean your ferret’s ears every few weeks. Also, be sure to keep their litter box clean and fresh. Although these things will not take away the odor completely, it will help reduce it.
To care for your ferret, you’ll need the proper cage, food, bowls, toys, blankets, hammocks, litter, nail clippers, shampoo, a brush and a litter box. A ferret’s diet is very important. Ferrets are carnivores which mean they eat meat. When buying food, look for a high quality brand that has a minimum of 32% protein and 18% fat, and a maximum of 3% fiber. The primary ingredient should be some sort of meat (usually poultry), and the other ingredients should not have too many grain products.
Victoria’s Fun Facts and Tips:
• Before getting a ferret, do your research and look into adopting one from a rescue shelter. There are plenty to be found by searching online.
• Ferrets are very intelligent animals that can be litter trained and taught to do many complex tricks. For example, they can learn to sit, come, roll over, jump and high-five.
• The life span of a ferret is about 7-9 years with good care.
• Babies and young children should not be left a lone with a ferret.
• Ferrets nails grow quickly, so you should learn how to properly clip them and clean their ears.
• Never use a fish tank as a home or wood chips (cedar or pine) for bedding. These can make your ferret sick.
• Locate the proper Veterinary Dr. in your area so you can take your ferret for regular visits and can be prepared
in case of an emergency.
Have fun with your ferret!
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Written by Victoria Bonavita