General Ferret Care Tips

Ferrets make Great Pets

Ferrets really are joyful pets to own and are a great alternative to cats or dogs. They can also be an addition to your existing pet family if you already own cats or dogs! Some parts of the world require a license to keep pet ferrets. Others have a ban on ferrets altogether (most likely due to neglectful owners letting their ferrets loose which has an effect on native wildlife). Check with your local authorities if you are unsure of the pet ferret laws in your area.

Now with that out of the way, I bet you just can’t wait to hear all about ferret care!

Let’s start with a ferret’s food requirements.

Ferrets enjoy a meat diet as they are carnivores. You may feed your pet ferret premium cat food or special ferret food.
Although ferrets can and will eat cat food, it is more ideal to feed specialist ferret food. You should have no problem finding ferret food as it is becoming more common nowadays.

Unless you want to breed ferrets, you should spay your female ferrets if it has not already been done. Male ferrets should also be altered to avoid aggressive territorial behavior as well as of course halting the breeding process.

Ferrets are master escape artists and as such should have sufficient enclosure space so that they can not escape. If you can’t supervise your ferret then you need to provide a cage for him. The cage should be big enough to be able to house food, litter and bedding. These items should not be placed too close together so consider that when purchasing or making a cage for your ferret.

Ferrets do not enjoy hot temperatures so if it is too hot outside you need to keep your ferret indoors. It does not take extreme temperatures to stress a ferret. In fact a ferret can become stressed in temperatures above twenty six degrees Celsius (which is certainly not overly hot for humans).

If you wish to give your ferret toys then avoid soft toys and go forthe  harder ones such as dog chews, hard plastic toys and even golf balls.

If you have just bought your ferret then it is wise to get a vet check up to start with. This will eliminate any possible illnesses that you will need to deal with later. Your vet will also be able to advise you on a suitable vaccination plan as well as answer any other ferret care questions you may have.

Ferrets are happy animals provided they are well cared for and attended to. Make sure you provide the best ferret care you possibly can and you will be rewarded with a playful and affectionate pet ferret.

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10 Comments on "General Ferret Care Tips"

  1. johnathan bryant | 11/08/2010 at 5:58 pm |

    i’ve an 8 month old and it is biting (drawing blood when i pick him up. how do i stop him from doing this ?

  2. samanthia | 26/08/2010 at 2:33 am |

    I have read up on ferrets because we are thinking of adding a ferret to our pet family. What I have found is if they are biting it is a simple indication that they are wanting to play. If they are biting too hard…it has been stated in articles that if you simply show your discomfort they will understand it hurts you and learn that it is not nessicary to bite so hard. The ferret “bite” is to initiate play.

  3. I rescued my ferret from my neice, it appeared they were not really caring for him; they were afraid of it because it would bite them drawing blood. When I brought him home, it took a good bite on my forearm with blood slipping out of puncture wounds: their’s some kind of spray that is used to discourge bititng I just can’t remember the name, find it at pet stores. Any how I started feeding him ferret snacks through his cage; took him out one day and started playing with him rubbing his tummy and attempting to chace him. At this present time we are buddies he nibbles on my feet so whatever I’m doing I’ll stop and give him some play time and he’ll start running backwards, hiding under sofa, hoping around with his mouth open just having fun. He is a joy to have to bad they’re not lap animals they don’t stay still. Ferrets like to get into everything so when one loses sight of them look for them asap. Good Luck

  4. hi i just waned to know how old do kits when they eyes open

  5. We just bought two ferrets about a month ago. They are both still babies. One was eight weeks old when we got her, and then a week later we got another one, who was six weeks old. Since then I have read like… a million books and articles. 🙂 When they bite, they are usually just trying to get you to play with them. Ferrets play rough with each other because they have thick skin. They may not realize they are hurting you. Some articles suggest yelping so they know they hurt you. You can also “scruff” them, which means that you hold them by the extra skin on their neck. This is how a momma ferret would hold them (with her teeth, obviously, not with her little paws) if they were being bad. ALSO, you can get this spray called Bitter Apple. The books say the spray that you can buy for dogs and cats (like to put on cords so doggie wont get a shock) won’t work for ferrets, but we bought this Bitter Yuck stuff and our ferrets HATE it.

    Ours are still little, but the female never bites anymore, and the male (who is the younger one) is doing it less and less. They need to be handled (gently) pretty frequently.

    Hope this helps

  6. All three of mine nipped (no blood) when they we young. How ever it didn’t last long.

  7. Dark Lizerd | 30/10/2012 at 4:46 am |

    I have just become the owner of 2 ferrets, both female…
    1 sable (standard black and white???) and one lighter sable…
    The sable does play little rougher than the other, no bite marks, yet…
    One thing I have noticed… All the books say they like to sleep in their hammocks… Well, no…
    What they like is dark places to hide… like a cave… IE: under the bed…
    Mine have the run of my house… It did take a little to ferret proof it tho…
    I have found they “giggle” at times during play, and sometimes when they are exploring…

  8. I just rescued a ferrit and she is three. she bitts out of feer. what can I do to help her. How can I hold her to let her know that I wont hurt her with out her bitting me so bad that I find I dont wont her.

  9. Jane Hopkins | 25/03/2014 at 7:17 pm |

    Are ferrets allowed in Kentucky?

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