Your Pet Care

Search My Pet Care

How to Care for a Pet Ferret

By Joshua Simms TEXT SIZE Minus Plus

Ferrets may not be a common animal choice for pets, but these critters have been domesticated by humans since way back in 4 BC. Many people find ferrets nice to have and as easy to keep, if not easier, as other typical pets like dogs and cats. Here are some basic tips about caring for ferrets.

Making a Home for the Ferret

Ferrets prefer living in spaces that resemble dens in the wild. A wired cage that is about 30 inches wide, 18 inches deep, and 18 inches long may suffice. Many ferrets like living in cages that have things to climb such as ramps and stairs. The cage should allow good ventilation, thus it is not wise to use aquariums. The floor may be covered by linoleum tiles and carpets or other soft washable materials to make the flooring more comfortable for ferrets to walk on than wire floors. The cage should be kept within 55 to 70 degrees. It should also be cleaned regularly with hot soapy water.

Feeding Ferrets

Ferrets are carnivores that require at least 22% fat and 34% protein from animal sources. It isn't recommended to feed them dog or cat food. Chicken and turkey are ideal. Ferrets should never be fed vegetables because they are difficult to digest. Fruits are also not an option because sugars may increase tendencies for insulinoma. Egg whites should also be avoided because they can cause hemolytic anemia.

Potty Training

A small 3 to 5 inches-high cardboard box may be used as a litter box for ferrets. Litter pans should be secured to a side of the cage, far from the ferret's eating and sleeping areas. Litter products made of plant or paper fibers are recommended to prevent clumping of fecal matter.

Keeping Ferrets Clean

Ferrets tend to produce undesirable odors. To prevent them from smelling to strongly, they can be bathed using a special ferret shampoo, kitten shampoo, or diluted baby shampoo. It isn't advisable to bathe ferrets daily, because it will dry their skin, causing overcompensation of oil secretion, making the ferret smell more. It is also important to check the ferret's ears for mites regularly. Ears should be cleaned using cotton soaked in a special cleanser that can be bought from a pet store.

Keeping Ferrets Active

Ferrets are very energetic animals. It is recommended to keep them entertained with toys that aren't easy to break to maintain the animal's safety.

Ferrets can be nice pets when one knows the right ways of caring for them. Having them can be a fun and exciting experience.

About the Author
Find tips about lizard diet and lizard habitat at the Lizard Care website.

Article source:

Tags: , , , , ,

More ArticlesGetting Health Insurance for Your Ferret

If you are fretful about being flooded with an endless quantity of pricey veterinarian bills that you don't know if you will be able to pay you may want to deem purchasing animal health insurance for your pet ferret. (more)

Ferrets Information

Ferrets love to play and explore not only with others and their owners, but also on their own. For this reason, you need to know a few things on how to take care of a ferret. (more)

Related Articles Suggested Reading More ArticlesKeeping a Ferret as a Pet

Ferrets have been around centuries and are connected to badger, otters and weasels. People first used this animal to flush out rodents. (more)

Taking Care of Ferrets

Ferrets may not be a public animals select for pets, but these critters have been domesticated by humans since way back in 4 BC. Here are some necessary tips about caring for ferrets. (more)

Getting Insurance For Your Ferret

If you are disturbed about being flooded with an endless quantity of exclusive veterinarian bills that you don't know if you will be able to pay you may want to believe purchasing animal shape insurance for your pet ferret. (more)

Raising an Exotic Pet Ferret

Ferrets are cute and long furred creatures. Known to be friendlier and more playful than cats, it is no wonder that many consider ferrets to be ideal pets. (more)

The Different Kinds of Rabbit Care and Tips

Like any pet, rabbits need care. They need to go to the vet, get feed daily, and have their domain cleaned. Speak with a vet about your rabbit's care and any questions you may have before you complete your purchase. (more)