Have you just adopted a ferret? Congratulations! If you’ve never had a ferret before, you’re in for a bit of a learning curve. You’ll of course need to consult your vet about things like diet, cage setup, grooming, and general care. However, that won’t cover everything. A Galena, MD veterinarian lists some things you’ll soon find out in this article.
You may already know that these cute little balls of fur actually have sticky fingers … or sticky paws. Ferrets love to ‘collect’ things. (They also enjoy hoarding, borrowing, and stealing.) Pretty much anything that your furry friend can reach and carry is up for grabs. We recommend watching to see where your ferret keeps his stash. That should be the first place to check for missing objects!
You’ve heard the saying that variety is the spice of life. It’s also crucial to ferret diets! Ferrets have a curious tendency to get fixated on a certain type of food. This sounds cute, but it’s much more serious than the run-of-the-mill finickiness. Some ferrets will refuse to eat anything aside from their chosen food. As one can imagine, this can become very dangerous. Your pet will need to get used to eating different things. Duck soup—which does not necessarily need to include duck—is a favorite. Ask your vet for more information.
Did you know that ferrets have been employed by pickpockets in the past? They’ve also occasionally been enlisted to help run wires through pipes. Remove or address anything that could choke or entangle your cute thief, as well as items that are toxic to him. These guys can fit into some very small spaces, so you’ll want to look around from floor level. Seal off spaces beneath and behind furniture and cabinets, as well as ducts and heating vents. Ask your vet for specific advice on this.
Ferrets may be small, but they offer big entertainment! You may be surprised at how adorable your little buddy is when he’s playing, sleeping, or trying to take off with your keys. It’s probably safe to say that your adorable new pet will quickly ‘weasel’ his way into your heart!
Please reach out with questions or concerns about your ferret’s health or care. As your Galena, MD pet clinic, we’re here to help!