Pet Owner Guide to Caring for a Ferret

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Pet Owner Guide to Caring for a Ferret

Ferret Facts & Tips

Up to 24" in length and weighing up to 5 Ib. (Males are typically larger than females)
Size
Up to 24" in length and weighing up to 5 Ib. (Males are typically larger than females)
Up to 8 — 10 years
Lifespan
Up to 8 — 10 years
Ferrets are crepuscular  (more active at dawn and at dusk. They will usually sleep 18 - 20 hours a day.)
Activity
Ferrets are crepuscular (more active at dawn and at dusk. They will usually sleep 18 - 20 hours a day.)
While they do vocalize, ferrets tend to be quiet
Noise Factor
While they do vocalize, ferrets tend to be quiet
Not suited for young children
Good with Children
Not suited for young children
Behavior

Behavior

  • 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.

Diet

Diet

  • 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

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.

Ferret Odor

Ferret Odor

  • 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.

Ferret Essentials

  • Cage/Hutch
  • Bedding
  • Hay
  • Dry Food
  • Treats
  • Nail Trimmers
  • Grooming Brush
  • Salt Lick
  • Food Bowl
  • Little Tray
  • Hammock
  • Natural Wood Toys or Nibble Sticks
  • Vitamins
  • Hide Box or Tunnel

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