Choosing A Ferret – What You Ought To Know First

Posted January 25th, 2011 by gemainz

Are you looking for a great animal companion, but need something smaller than a dog yet more social than most cats? Or have you always wanted to have a pet farret (properly spelled, “ferret”) in your household? In any case, here are a few things you should be aware of beforehand.

The first thing you have to do is decide where you will look for your animal. You can easily find and purchase them at local pet stores. Another really great option is to adopt. There are many ferrets that end up in shelters and private rescue organizations, and they are all looking for loving homes! Sometimes they can be found through newspaper classifieds as well.

Clean and comfortable housing for him is an essential. You will want to find and purchase a suitable type of ferret cage. Most commonly used are plastic-coated wire cages or a kitty-condo, which has more than one level. Both are acceptable, but the bottom should be lined with a towel or some sort of soft fabric. Don’t forget the litter pan, food and water dishes, and a cozy sleeping space! They love hammocks and fabric tunnels!

These fun little mammals are pure carnivore, and when it comes to feeding they need a protein packed diet. Avoid any type of food that begins with grains or any types of fiber as a first ingredient. Their digestive system is not built to adequately process very much fiber. Look for chicken or turkey as the main ingredient, and avoid cat and dog food. Although, certain types of high quality kitten chow is safe for emergencies or as an occasional treat.

One of the key differences between the ferret and other small pets, such as mice and hamsters, is that they need a lot of exercise and socialization. Ideally, you need to be able to offer at least three hours of time outside its cage each day. Of course, you have to always supervise, because they are quite inquisitive and will get into everything! They will play with almost anything, especially ferret toys and love games. There are even harnesses and leads so you can walk them outside.

You’ll also be responsible for keeping your animal’s health in good check. They should be vaccinated for canine distemper and rabies each year, as both of these diseases are fatal. Monthly heart worm preventative is also a good idea, especially if you live in a mosquito-ridden area. Keep them on a healthy diet, lots of exercise, and be sure to give them the occasional bath, ear cleaning, and nail trim, as well.

Having a pet ferret can be an exciting adventure. They make wonderful pets and are quite affectionate. As long as you take care of them properly, you can have a good companion for many years.

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