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Ferrets really are the best pet!

Here at Marshall, if there is one thing we know, it is ferrets. We have been the largest breeder and exporter of the world’s friendliest ferrets since 1939. Over the years we have seen the popularity of ferrets grow to become the third most popular pet in America, after dogs and cats.

Why? Because they are awesome 🙂

Ferrets are an incredibly social animal and will quickly become part of your family. They will dook (dance and sing) their way into your hearts and become part of your daily routines, to the point where it will be hard to imagine your family without them.

They have an insatiable energy and need to connect often. Getting ferrets as babies (called kits) is similar to getting a kitten. While they sleep up to 18 hours each day, their short spurts of energy require social interaction to keep them happy and properly exercised. Having a spot in the house that is dedicated for playtime is recommended so the area can be properly ferret-proofed to keep them safe. If your ferret is free-roaming, you can be certain that your side kick will hang around and fall asleep in your lap when they are tired. This is why many people adopt ferrets in pairs. They will have a companion to play with while their owner is away and will keep them from getting into trouble. The ferret community calls this ferret math and many owners end up with a business of 5 or more and question how it got to this number. Those owners will tell you they are happier because of ferret math!

Ferrets are easily trained. That’s right… ferrets were one of the hardest working animals in the early 20th century. During this time, they were trained to help rid NYC of rat infestations, and Boeing also used them to run wires through tight machinery. This means getting them to use a litter box is a challenge that is usually quickly taught, and doing tricks to please will become routine. The Marshall Premium Ferret Litter provides excellent odor control. The recycled newspaper pellets are dust-free, biodegradable and flushable! Using this with one of our High Back Litter Pans makes it easy to get your ferret litter trained.

One of the benefits of adopting kits is that you are able to make the impressions necessary on the young pet to help them quickly feel comfortable in their family home and promote healthy habits in their diet, hygiene and behavior. They do have baby teeth and may get nippy. While this stage has given ferrets a bad rap, it is typically short lived because ferrets are so easily trained, and bad habits can be quick to break with consistent discipline.

Ferrets don’t take up a lot of space. You may hear the opposite from some ferret fanatics, but the truth is the cages should take up very little space. While they are not in their cages, it is encouraged that they play in a ferret proofed space. Having a spot with a couple of Super Thru Ways and a Pop N Play Ball Pit is fun for the ferrets to play and the family to watch. Some people dedicate entire rooms in their home to their free-roaming pet, but this is not necessary. All they really need are some warm places to burrow and sleep like one of the Marshall Banana Hammocks or the Sleep Sack and a place to do their business. That is why ferrets have become a popular pet for those that live in small spaces like an apartment.

Ferrets are funny and have relatable personalities. Just as dogs and cats have their own individual personalities, so do ferrets. They will each evolve to connect with members of your family and personality traits will begin to emerge. When they play with each other, they get excited and will often give you a little song and dance (called dooking). They tend to steal things from you and hide them in their own special spots (one of the reasons why the most popular ferret name is Bandit) and they will show you their love in their own special way that only you two will understand. Some will kiss you on the chin and others will curl up on your neck. Either way, the bond you create with a ferret is one based in love, trust and loyalty. 

Is a ferret right for your family? As with any pet, there are things you should be aware of when considering a ferret for your family. A ferret is a responsibility. We encourage people to do their research to fully understand the care that is needed for a ferret. Yes, it is a great way for an older child to learn responsibility of a pet without having to take it for walks to do their business; The family should also know this is in no way a rabbit or hamster.  Ferrets need social interaction, daily cleaning of their living space, and exercise out of their cages.

You should also have a vet that is familiar with the care of a ferret. While a ferret is in no way exotic, they are considered as such in the veterinary field. Find a vet that knows your pet.

Providing the proper diet for a ferret is integral to the overall health and life span of your pet. Be prepared to purchase the proper diet without taking short cuts for a value priced product. Every Marshall ferret comes with a one-year guarantee, provided you maintain feeding the diet they are given on the farm, the Marshall Premium Ferret Diet. This diet is specially formulated by vets, nutritionists and ferret experts for the ferret’s high protein nutritional needs and short digestive track. 

And while a ferret is social and friendly, you should always supervise interactions with other pets and small children. 

And what about their smell? This is a common complaint of many small pet owners. Their smell comes from their high protein diet. All Marshall ferrets are de-scented before they leave the farm. While this goes a long way to subdue the smell, the all-natural supplement Good Bye Odor further works to combat that smell from the inside. Maintaining a healthy diet, and a clean cage will significantly reduce the offensive smell that ferrets are known for.

Today, National Ferret Day, we here at Marshall want to thank all of the ferret parents out there who are taking such good care of our furry friends. We appreciate their dedication to their pet, their support of the ferret community and their ferret love.

5 Best Gift Ideas For Your Ferret

For many of us, our ferrets are family members, and there’s nothing we wouldn’t do for them. Whether you are shopping for your ferret or a family member with a ferret, you can’t go wrong with any of our top ten gifts for ferrets. They’re also perfect for holidays, birthdays and any other gift giving occasion!

1. Holiday Antlers

Deck out the fuzzies in festive Holiday Antlers and let them join in the reindeer games this season.

 

 

2. Bear Rug

Perfect for ferrets and small pets, your fuzzy will stay cozy in this multi-function Bear Rug. They can nap inside or play a game of hide-n-seek on this plush rug.

3. Santa Suit

A classic Santa Hat and collar will make it the best time of year this Christmas. It includes a collar and separate hat with elastic strap.

4. Pack-N-Go Backpack

This handy backpack serves two purposes; toting your pet and carrying your pet’s supplies. The main compartment is vented for optimal airflow. Zippered storage compartment holds pet’s food, waste bags, lead, and toys.

 

 

 

5.Pop-N-Play Ball Pit

Your ferret will love jumping in and out of holes and tunneling through colorful balls in this Ball Pit. Excellent for multiple ferrets and other small pets such as guinea pigs, rats, and chinchillas. Pair with our Super Thru-Way Tunnel for added fun.

Top 10 Reasons to Own a Ferret

We asked our fans to give us their number one reason to have a ferret for a pet, and we received over one-hundred answers. If you’ve ever wondered how it feels to have a ferret as part of your pet family, read below.

1. Companionship
2. Unconditional love ❤️
3. They’re smart and adorable
4. They like to snuggle
5. Endless entertainment
6. They always make me smile
7. So playful and funny
8. They make great apartment pets
9. They are quiet (unlike dogs)
10. Their lively spirit
11. Amazing personalities!

“Dooking” out the Summer Heat!

Now that the heat waves of summer are here, we thought we would give you a few tips to prevent heat stress or heatstroke in ferrets. Ferrets do not sweat like humans, therefore, cannot tolerate high temperatures.
Temperatures above 75 degrees Fahrenheit can cause health problems, within hours, and anything above 90 degrees can be fatal. Being exposed to high heat levels can cause heat-related stress and weaken their immune systems. To avoid heat-related stress, keep your ferret in an air-conditioned room out of direct sunlight and provide an adequate water supply to prevent dehydration.

 

Symptoms of heat-related stress in your ferret:

• Severe lethargy or wobbly on their feet
• Panting, shallow breathing
• Hot body with cool/cold paws
• Glassy eyes
If your ferret shows any of these symptoms, you can slowly cool down their bodies with a washcloth soaked in cool (not ice-cold) water so that it won’t shock your ferret with a drastic temperature change. Start with the paws and legs and move on to the rest of the body. Once your ferret becomes stabilized, you can safely transport your ferret to your veterinarian. Always take your ferret to your vet even though it seems okay. Ferrets may need additional treatment for dehydration and shock several hours after heat-related problems.
If you’re unsuccessful or don’t feel like you can handle the above methods, contact your veterinarian for professional advice.

Ferret Checklist

Chances are you spoil your ferret with extra love every day, so we thought we would take this opportunity to create a checklist to keep your ferret happy and healthy.

Cage Accessories.

You’ll need at least one of each when you take your ferret home.

• High Back Litter Pan

• Water Bottle

• Lock-On Crock for food

• Hammocks, Tubes and Sacks for sleeping

• Litter. Our litter is made from 100% recycled newspaper so there’s no dust or harsh chemicals

Toys, Toys, and more Toys!

• Hard, non-breakable toys like our plastic or plush bell toys

• Interactive toys that can double as a sleeping spot. See our new Bear Rug, Octo-Play and Pirate Hat

• Toys with Tunnels. Ferrets love to tunnel and that’s why our Super Thru-Way and Pop ‘N Play Ball Pit are big hits with all the ferrets

Healthy Diets and Treats.

Look for food with at least 38% protein

• Marshall Premium Ferret Diet

• Carnivore Plus. This diet is loaded with 40% meat protein

• Bandits® Treats. They come in four delicious flavors; Bacon, Chicken, Banana, and Peanut Butter. Don’t worry, it’s not real fruit, they’re only flavors added for variety

• Freeze Dried Treats. Made with 100% meat protein in Turkey, Rabbit and Duck

• Extreme Freeze Dried Treats. Marshall Salmon Chunks and Munchy Minnow are made with fresh whole animal protein to provide essential nutrition that every ferret wants.

Health Care.

• Ferret Lax Gel or Treats. You never know when they will accidentally ingest something they shouldn’t

• Furo-Vite Chews or Gel. These are so tasty your ferret won’t even know it’s getting its daily dose of vitamins

• Uncle Jim’s Duk Soup. For those times when your ferret is a little down, this formula will help boost their immune system and regulate their digestive system

Keep them clean and smelling fresh!

• GoodBye Odor. A few pumps a day in their food or water will reduce their odor from the inside out

• Shampoo. Look for gentle cleansing formulas like our foaming waterless shampoo

• Daily Spritz. Keep them clean in between shampoos!

This is certainly not a complete list, but it will give you an idea on what items to keep in stock.

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