Ferrets can be a great alternative to cats and dogs for animal lovers looking for something a little different. They are domesticated animals, with the propensity to develop deep bonds with their owners. However, they are also incredibly energetic animals, often requiring more time and attention than more popular species of pets. To decide whether a ferret is for you, read the following pet care advice every ferret owner should know.
1. Make sure your ferret gets enough play time
Ferrets are very social animals and tend to be happiest when in small groups. In this way, ferret owners are often encouraged to adopt at least a pair of ferrets so that they will have companionship and a partner to play with. In terms of play, ferret owners should be aware of the highly inquisitive nature of ferrets and the need to provide them with playthings to nip and get rough with. If you don’t, you may find your furniture becomes the next best thing. (5 Fun Ways to Play with a Pet Ferret)
2. Invest in a decent cage
Ferret cages tend to be designed with their needs in mind, featuring two levels and a small dark hut for sleeping. Make sure the cage has enough space for your ferret(s) and add enough cosy materials for bedding. The cage and bedding should be washed at regular intervals.
Ferrets are carnivores and meat is an absolute must in their diet. There are a number of specialised ferret foods available from pet stores, but make sure they are not too high in vegetable or grain matter as this can lead to health problems down the line. Generally speaking, ferrets can be fussy eaters, so it is best to buy their food little and often to avoid having to waste it. Always ensure that they have fresh water to hand.
4. Ferret-proof your home
As ferrets are so agile and able to wend their way through tight spots, ferret-proofing your home is an absolute necessity. Losing your ferret in the home can lead to them getting injured or even escaping. In this way, make sure any tight spots are kept to a minimum and make sure electrical wires are kept well out of reach.