Ferret care - the latest findings
Ferrets are available to purchase at your local pet store or stock breeder, also you might be able to acquire one at a animal shelter. Because they live such a long life just like a cat or dog, it is important that you know how to care for them and keep them healthy, happy pets.
First, ferrets are nocturnal animals that rest during the day. When they wake up, you should not just tap the cage or look at them but rather let them come out so they can run around and play. When this occurs, make sure that all electric cords are secure, small items are hidden and there are no small spaces that they can squeeze into. This will prevent them from getting lost or getting a injury.
These mammals live on strict diet and you should be well aware that they are carnivores. This means they can only be given meat or poultry products as they want a lot of protein. There are ferret food products in the marketplace so you best stock up to avoid the mistake of settling with cat food instead.
Besides from food, your ferret will obviously need water. It is better to put this in a water bottle, this will stop them spilling the contents.
Your ferret can never be left in the home by themselves especially if you have to go out for awhile. This is what the cage is for and you can get one that measures 18" x 18" x 30" or a little bigger. The key here is that it is large enough for them to move around especially when as they grow.
Ferrets are curious creatures and love playthings, buying some is helpful if you have to come home late from work so they will have something to do until you return. The playthings you buy will have to be robust, as they will need to be able to withstand their sharp teeth. Again these are readily available to you on the net.
The only way to keep your ferret and home clean at the same time is to toilet train it so that waste is on the litter box and not on the carpet. You can do so by putting some waste inside the box and carrying them when you see that they are about to do it.
If this is done correctly, they should be rewarded with a light snack. This trick can as well be done to teach them how to do some neat tricks to amuse guests that drop by and pay a visit.
Your pet ferret should also be taken to the vet. States that allow you to have one want owners to give them a inoculation once a year and keep the receipts for proper documentation.
Some would say that the best time to purchase a ferret is when it is very young because they are easier to train compared to those that are much older. But regardless of age, how things will go will be wholly up to you.
Ferret care is not hard, all it needs is a bit of common sense and you will be able to handle it ok. You are sure to enjoy the company of your furry friend for many a year to come and might even decide to add another one so your pet has company.