Ferret Care Guide
The decision to get a pet isn’t one to be taken lightly. Once over that hurdle, there is then the challenge of deciding which pet. For all those who want to get one, this is the ferret care guide for you!
They’re uncommon pets, so many people don’t know how to take care of a ferret. Read on to find out what ferret care involves how to hold them to what they eat.
How Big Do Ferrets Get?
A fully grown ferret can grow up to 24 inches long. This measurement is taken from the tip of their nose to the end of their tail. Females tend to be a little smaller.
If you get one as a baby, know that at four months, they’ll be fully grown. Their size makes them ideal pets for children, too, especially as they are rather playful creatures.
How Long Do Ferrets Live?
When considering a ferret as a pet for a child, it is good to know that they tend to live between 5-10 years.
When taking care of a ferret, you should consider clicking on this insurance for exotic pets link to get your pet insured in the event of an issue. Common health issues include heart disease, diarrhea, and various tumors.
As mentioned above, ferrets are playful things. They tend to be lively and curious about their surroundings. That said, they can also be quite docile and calm. That's why ferrets make good pets for young and old alike.
When taking care of one, know that they are also very intelligent creatures. This means they require a lot of stimulation in the form of attention and playing with them to keep them happy.
You can most definitely tell what their mood is from their behavior. A happy ferret will give out little chirping noises, wag its tail, and roll around. An unhappy one will hide, back away from you, and make hissing noises.
It’s important to know the difference between a happy and an agitated pet because they’ll bite.
How To Hold A Ferret
When you do get a ferret on a good day, they love cuddles! Useful ferret care tips should include how best to hold it safely so that they feel safe and secure.
Although they are larger than most pets, such a hamster, they can still get hurt if not handled correctly.
For adults, when holding a ferret, place one hand under the ferret. On the other hand, lift and support the ferret’s hind legs and lift. When you have the ferret securely, hold them close to your body. This makes them feel secure.
For small children holding ferrets, it is usually best to let it lie in a child’s lap, rather than children hold it for an extended period. By placing a treat on the child’s lap, it will tempt the ferret to go over and get them used to be being handled by a child.
How To Clean Their Home
Once your ferret wants to rest, it will retreat to their cage. Providing them with a comfortable, clean place to live is important when taking care of a ferret.
There are cleaning tasks that need to be carried daily. These include scooping out their solid waste and emptying, cleaning, and refilling their feeding bowls. In addition to daily cleaning, there are also weekly tasks that need to be completed.
Before attempting to clean the ferret’s cage, make sure you have all the right gear. For this, you’ll need things such as water, rubber gloves, and disinfectant, and a playpen. The last item is needed so that your fur baby can play or relax in an enclosed environment while you’re cleaning its enclosure.
A weekly clean is the same as a daily clean with the extra step of disinfecting and cleaning the cage. It’s important to note that the kitchen sink is not a good place to carry this task out. Only when everything is completely dry, is it safe to put your ferret back.
Even though ferrets do sleep a lot, when awake, ferrets are quite active. Therefore, ferrets enjoy equipment such as tubes and tunnels to scramble through, and hammocks and wheels to jump on.
A 3’x3’x2’ cage is the smallest you should go for a ferret cage. When it comes to their sleeping area, ferrets prefer a smaller space with soft material.
Ferret housing will extend to your own home. You will need to ‘ferret-proof.’ At the very least, have an area in a room that is entirely ‘ferret-proof’ if it’s not possible to protect the entire house.
This means removing small items that your ferret may try to eat. Also, block off places that they can run under or in. Finally, be mindful of cables that may be gnawed on.
What Do Ferrets Eat?
Now you have given your pet ferret a cozy home; you will then need to know how to feed it. Ferrets are carnivores and need to eat regularly. This is because their food passes through them quickly. Luckily, they are not known to overeat. They will nibble on plants, but this tends to be for non-nutritional purposes mainly.
It’s best to give
- Raw meat such as rabbit, lamb, and minced beef
- Live prey, including mice, rats, chicks, etc.
- Coldwater fish
- Constant access to fresh, clean water
- Foods high in sugar
- Foods high in fiber
Minimize the amount of fruit and vegetables you offer your ferret. A diet too rich in vegetable protein and carbohydrates can lead to them having a poor diet.
Ferret is Happy and Healthy!
Now you have a good general knowledge of ferret care 101; you can expect lots of fun moments looking after your furry pet. They’re smart and social pets. Everyone will enjoy the new member of the family within no time.
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