Pet Owner Guide to Caring for a Ferret
Ferret Facts & Tips
- Ferrets are social creatures with humans or other ferrets.
- They chew everything and are notorious for stealing everything they can.
- Young ferrets may nip when teething.
- Make sure to support their entire body when picking them up. They're prone to squirming, particularly at first.
- When a ferret is startled, scared or excited, their tail will get very puffy - this is called "bottlebrush". Happy ferrets will also exhibit a "happy dance" of sorts. This includes them jumping around from side to side, flipping on the floor, bouncing and may include sounds as well.
- Ferrets are carnivores and should only be fed a diet specifically made for ferrets. A minimum of 26% protein content is recommended. Pet Supermarket is here to help you choose the right food for your ferret.
- Avoid these foods: chocolate and other candy, onions, fruits, raisins, peanut butter
- They should always have access to fresh, clean water.
Caging & Environment
- Ferrets enjoy a large, spacious cage with multiple levels. The cage should also have a door that latches tightly to prevent escape.
- Ferrets can be litter box trained.
- They will shed.
- Ferrets require regular veterinarian checkups.
- Ferrets may have an odor to them. They have a scent gland that is removed before they are sold commercially, but the high concentration of oils in their skin is known to emit a "ferret odor".
- We recommend bathing a ferret once per month. Bathing a ferret too frequently can increase their ferret odor.
- To minimize the odor, you may consider a ferret deodorizing spray in between baths.
- Dry Food
- Nail Trimmers
- Grooming Brush
- Salt Lick
- Food Bowl
- Little Tray
- Natural Wood Toys or Nibble Sticks
- Hide Box or Tunnel
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