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How to Take Care of Your Ferret?

Ferrets are adorable, high-energy pets that are happiest in small groups. These energetic little bundles of curiosity are a big responsibility, often needed as much, if not more, care than a cat or dog. However, if you’re truly ready to bring a ferret into your house, then it’s essential you understand how to take care of them.

Health

Ferrets live 6 to 8 years, and during that time they will need regular vaccinations and veterinary check-ups to remain in good health. Yearly health check-ups are recommended for ferrets up to 5 years of age and twice every year once they are into their later years. Any problems you may have with your ferret should be consulted with a veterinarian as soon as possible. Although ferrets are hunters, they are still the prey to other animals so they can hide their illnesses very well like other mammals.

Temperament

Ferrets are highly intelligent and playful pets. If you decide to adopt a ferret, it’s recommended that you adopt two of them that way they have a companion. They are also extremely inquisitive. Anything you have in your home will become an interest to your ferret, so make sure to ferret-proof your home. If you ferret-proof your home, you will ensure they don’t get caught in between, underneath, or behind things.

Feeding

Ferrets are obligate carnivores and tend to be very picky eaters. Therefore, you should purchase a small quantity of food, so that it doesn’t go stale before it’s used. If you decide to change foods or flavors abruptly, it can make your ferret sick. For this reason, you should make sure your ferret receives a mix of foods at an early age so they can become accustomed to different diets. You also want to make sure your ferret has access to fresh water at all times.

Grooming

Ferrets, for the most part, are clean animals and tend to their fur carefully. They need a bowl of water to wash their faces and clean the rest of themselves like a cat. Baths for your ferret should be kept to a minimum. Giving your ferret baths may make your ferret smell good for a night, but the bathing strips the natural oils off of their fur. As a result, they will get a lot smellier, and their skin will start to dry out.

Try to limit bathing your ferret once every two to three months and use a soft easy-going shampoo with oatmeal. These shampoos will not strip off your ferret’s oils from their skin. Also, ferrets have sensitive eyes and ears, so be sure to stay away from their face when you do have to clean them.

Where to Next?

What’s the next step? Take careful consideration before deciding to bring ferrets into your home. They are wonderful pets, but they require a lot of work and maintenance. If you decide that ferrets are right for you, consider adopting from a rescue or a shelter.



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