Ferrets A Friendly Playful Pet
Ferrets, often considered a rare pet to own. Most individuals choose dogs, cats, birds, or fish to complete their family; however, a select few turn to the ferret for its social, playful, curious qualities. Ferrets love to play and explore with others and their owners and on their own. For this reason, you need to know a few things on how to take care of a ferret.
First, you will want to ferret proof your home before introducing them as pets. They will crawl into walls, furniture, and anywhere they can get their little bodies. It is much like childproofing a home for a baby. You will want to ensure all dangers are eliminated when you allow them out of their cages for playtime.
Ferrets are also biters. Baby ferrets tend to bite more. You can eliminate the problem or tone it down with frequent handling. It is a sign of their behavior as mock fighting or sparring. The younger ferrets tend to bite more when teething and do not mean any harm.
For this reason, you will want to handle the ferret or ferrets as often as possible to help reduce the biting behavior. Those who do not take the time or patience to train their ferret often leave the animal in its cage, resulting in a shorter lifespan. Please make sure you are up to the task of training a ferret before bringing one into your home. Taught properly, they can be as great a pet as cats or dogs.
A ferret’s lifespan is usually six to ten years; however, proper care and feeding can lead to a little longer life. Ferrets are carnivores, so they require a high protein diet. Carefully reading the label will tell you if it has the proper high protein diet. For example, some kitten food can be used because it is designed to be high protein and fat for growing cats.
While playing is an essential part of your ferret’s life, so is sleep. Most ferrets spend fourteen to eighteen hours a day sleeping. Part of sleeping is to rejuvenate them from the active play life they have. They love to explore and to play with toys. Many pet stores have toys for ferrets, or you might have something around the house that your ferret will find appealing.
The type of cage is important. Ferrets tend to be very smart, so you will need a pen to get plenty of air, but small enough bars the ferrets cannot break away. You will also want to clean the cage once or twice a week, depending upon the number of ferrets you have and how dirty the cage looks. They also enjoy burrowing, so some bedding is required.
Ferrets are little balls of fur that love to play and interact with humans and each other. While there are some special concessions you need to make to have a ferret, the results are worth it. Proper training as a baby ferret will give you even more joy when they reach adulthood.