Ferrets as pets

Ferrets make wonderful pets because of their engaging personalities, playful activity and fastidious nature. They are never boring and can entertain you for hours. They enjoy people's company and will follow their owner. Ferrets have somewhat strong odor, which you have to live with. 

Ferrets can be easily trained to use the litter box because they tend to habitually urinate and defecate in the same places.  Provide a low-sided litter box for easy entry and exit.

Ferrets get along with other ferrets, dogs and cats. hey are naturally inquisitive and can squeeze through very small places. It is important to “ferret-proof” your house before bringing your pet home. Make sure that all windows that may have been opened have secure screens. Check the openings around plumbing, heating and air condition ducts or pipes.        

Ferrets are so small and silent that you will usually not hear them approach.  They frequently get in dangerous situations (such as sneaking into the drier or end up in the washing machine with clothes they were sleeping under). Ferrets like to chew on soft rubber (Erasers, toys, tennis shoes) and can swallow pieces that might obstruct their intestines.        

Commercial dry kitten food or ferret food is used for ferrets. They usually do not require vitamin/mineral supplement. Fresh, clean water should be available at all times. 

Ferrets do not require large space and a relatively small cage will satisfy them. Newspaper or wood shavings can be used on the bottom of the enclosure.  Places a cloth or a towel in the cage as ferrets like tunneling and sleep under towels. 

Nails grow fast and should be trimmed periodically.

Ferrets do get sick. Some of the common health problems are:

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