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Ferret Care 101

July 15, 2020

Are you considering adopting a ferret? These little guys are very lovable and fun little pets. However, they can be a bit of a handful, both literally and figuratively. A Middletown, DE vet offers some tips on ferret care in this article.


Diet

As with any other pet, ferrets need proper nutrition in order to thrive. This is one area where you’ll need to do some research. One thing that’s important to understand is the fact that ferrets sometimes get fixated on certain foods. While every pet has their favorites, ferrets take this further, and sometimes refuse to eat anything else. This can be dangerous, as your pet could be in serious trouble if you’re ever unable to get that brand. You’ll need to give your little buddy a variety. Ferret diets should consist of mostly meat and protein, such as boneless beef, pork, turkey, and/or chicken. Never give your pet dog food; sugary foods; fish; fruits or veggies, especially peas, grapes, or onions; chocolate; caffeine; dairy; or anything that contains fiber. Ask your vet for specific advice.


Veterinary Care

Your little pal will need regular veterinary care. We recommend fixing your ferret. Regular exams and recommended vaccinations are also important. Most ferrets should come in about once a year, but seniors (age 4 and up) will need more frequent visits. As for home care, you’ll need to clip your pet’s nails, bathe him, clean his ears, and give him hairball remedies. Ask your vet for specific advice.


A Good Cage

A clean, comfy cage is a definite must! Ferrets are quite sleepy, so offer your cute pet lots of comfy beds and hammocks. The little guy will also need a litter box, food dishes, and a water bottle. Toys are also a must! Ferrets often like things like balls, certain cat toys, mazes, and tunnels.


Ferretproofing

Ferrets need several hours of playtime daily. You’ll need to do some ferretproofing, to make your home safe. Secure or remove toxic plants, plastic bags, medicines, chemicals, and anything small or sharp. You’ll also need to block off any spaces your pet could squeeze into.


Love

Make sure your ferret feels loved and safe. Spend time with him every day! Pet him, play with him, and let him snooze on your lap if he likes.



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