What will my ferret need when I take him/her home?
Your ferret will need a high quality food, wire cage, high back litter pan, water bottle, a gravity J-feeder or heavy crock style feeding dish and some sort of sleeping hammock, tube or sack. There are many different products available for your ferret. Ferrets prefer soft, cushy items for maximum comfort. It is important to clean cage accessories on a regular basis. Because ferrets can be rough with cage accessories, high quality, durable products are important.
Ferret-proofing your home!
Before bringing your new pet home, it is important to ferret-proof your home. Use this general rule: When a ferret can get its head through an opening, they can get their whole body through it. Look for loose air ducts, openings under appliances, dryer and dishwasher doors, cupboards and counters. Be mindful of electric cords; ferrets have been known to tug on them. Keep toilet seats down and household chemicals stored safely. Ferrets are notorious for sleeping in piles of clothing and under furniture cushions, so be careful not to step or sit on them. If you do plan on leaving your ferret unsupervised for a period of time, you may wish to dedicate a room or area that is completely ferret-proofed.
Is it a good idea to leave my ferret out of its cage?
Most owners keep their ferrets in their cage while they are sleeping and when away from home. It is recommended that your ferrets have several hours a day out of their cages for play and exercise. When they are out of their cages, they should wear a bell collar. This will enable you to hear and locate them and avoid accidents.
Can I take my ferret outside
When your ferret is outside it should always be on a special harness and lead. Be careful of other people and pets when walking your ferret. If you are in a crowded place, consider a ferret carrying sack.
Will my ferret use a litter pan?
Ferrets will use a litter pan. They may not be as accurate as a cat, and you may want to place several litter pans in the ferret's favorite corners. We have found the high back style litter pan to work best with ferrets. Ferrets have a very short digestive tract and will have to relieve themselves every 2 to 3 hours. When choosing a litter for your ferret, we recommend a litter made specifically for ferrets. Many litters are very dusty and not absorbent. Because ferrets use the litter pan frequently, a super absorbent, odor controlling litter should be used. We suggest a compressed recycled newspaper litter.
Training tip: When litter training your ferret, it may miss the litter box. Simply pick up the feces and put it in the litter pan. Spray the area of the accident with odor removing cleaning product to remove the smell of the accident and to deter the ferret from using that area again. Don't get discouraged with litter training. Perseverance is the key.
What are good toys for my ferret?
Ferrets love to play with toys, especially soft, latex rubber toys. These types of toys are not safe for ferrets of any age. Ferrets have been known to chew on soft rubber and ingest it. They do not have the ability to digest rubber and it often becomes an obstruction in their intestines. Costly surgery is often the only cure. It is important to remove any soft plastic objects and toys from a ferret's play area. Toys that are safe for ferrets include Super Chew Edible Chew Toys, hard non-breakable plastic toys, fabric-covered toys (especially with bells), balls with holes in them, crackle toys, and knotted cotton rope.