Ferrets As Pets
In general, ferrets make excellent pets. They are very intelligent, and can be trained to do all sorts of tricks. Like cats, they will use a litter box. While most members of the mustelid family prefer to live a solitary existence, coming together only for mating purposes, ferrets prefer company. They are happiest when there is at least one playmate in their cage. A group of ferrets is called a “business,” and they can be very entertaining to watch.
Ferrets are rather more high maintenance than a hamster or a gerbil. While they can spend the majority of their time in a cage, they require a good deal of interaction. They are inclined to several medical conditions, especially adrenal disease and intestinal blockages (earned from their habit of gobbling inedible items). They also have a strong natural musky smell that can be objectionable to some people.
What do I need?
Once you have decided to get an adorable ferret you should have everything he needs before bringing him into your home. Having everything ready makes the transition as stress free as possible. The care sheet below lists all the items needed for your new pet.
Your pet will need a cage at least 36″ x 24″ x 24″. This is the minimum size necessary but you should get as big a cage as possible. Ferrets are active and while in the cage you want your pet to have lots of room to play. There are many different types of ferret cages available that offer lots of room to move around.
- Soft rugs, carpet or blanket for bedding on the bottom of the cage.
- A heavy ceramic food bowl or a bowl that can’t be easily tipped or chewed.
- A stoppered water bottle that attaches to the side of the cage.
- A sleep area like a hammock, sleep sack or soft tunnel.
- Lots of toys to keep your pet entertained while in his cage.
- A litter box with a high and low end filled with your preferred type of litter. Litter made from recycled paper is a clean, safe choice.