Dianne was the first ferret to arrive at my home. It was December 1994, and I was on one of my many visits to a local humane society. One of the staff asked if I had ever considered a pet ferret. I laughed at that since there had been many occasions when friends had pulled me away from ferret displays at local pet stores, reminding me that I had other things to spend “that kind” of money on. Since I didn’t have any of those friends with me at the humane society, my heart’s desires triumphed over the financial considerations. I bought an extravagant cage, complete with a hammock and “ferret condo”, and Dianne moved in.
You are walking by the petstore, or perhaps buying food for your existing companions – when you come across these absolutely adorable baby ferrets – each about 7 inches long, all wiggly and playful and you are tempted to buy one. But before you buy, you wonder what kind of pet that might be?
A good ferret veterinarian is important for helping you keep your ferret healthy throughout his life. Look for someone who has a good knowledge of ferrets. Check with a local ferret club or shelter for a recommendation. Ferrets require annual vaccinations against rabies and canine distemper. A new ferret should always be brought to a veterinarian for a checkup (your vet may want you to bring a stool sample). At that time you can discuss your ferret’s vaccination schedule (baby ferrets require a series of vaccinations in order to be properly protected against distemper). Your veterinarian can demonstrate proper ear cleaning, nail clipping, and dental hygiene techniques.
As a shelter, this is one of the most frequently asked questions I get! The good news is yes, ferrets can be trained to use the litter box; the bad news – it may not be 100% accuracy when running loose in the house.
Winter is soon to arrive and it is time to actually turn on your thermostat. First, a question: how is your house heated? Will the heating units be a danger to your fuzzies? How about the dry air/heat?
As a ferret owner for five years now I have read with interest about medical issues that could occur with my kids. Based on those articles I have a ferret first aid kit ready and keep an eye out for any changes in their appearance or behavior just like a good parent should.
It is almost inevitable that at some time your ferret will become ill or require medical attention. The following is a recommended list of items to have on hand in case of emergency or illness. Remember to never medicate your ferret without first discussing it with your veterinarian.
Warmer weather means opening windows and doors and going outside. It’s the perfect time to take your ferret out of the stuffy house for a little outing — before the really high temperatures arrive. Ferrets love to get out and explore the smells, sights, and sounds outside. But before you take your little guy out, make sure you take some precautions so your time outdoors is fun and safe.
Ferret caretakers should perform the following assessments of their companion ferrets each month to ensure good health and preventative care:
As a shelter, I hear the comments all the time – “ferrets bite”, “I can’t get my ferret to stop nipping” or “Will I ever get him/her to stop biting”? The answer is yes, you can. Ferrets are intelligent, social animals that are easily trained, once you understand them and work with them.