Like many domestic creatures, ferrets shed. They have two coats: an undercoat of soft, very dense fur that insulates them, as well as a topcoat of longer, thicker guard hairs that repel dirt and keep the ferret essentially waterproof. If you blow on your ferret, you will notice that the dark guard hairs will part so that you can see those light furs underneath. Most ferrets are white or cream in the undercoat and have markings in their outer layer, which gives them their distinguishing features, such as being sable or having a mask.
Ferrets shed two times per year, in the spring and the fall. Because they are very photosensitive, keep in mind that your particular ferret’s shedding behavior is affected by its exposure to light, so he might not shed at the same time as another ferret kept somewhere else.
During shedding, it’s a good idea to brush your ferret with a soft brush to help the process along. Bathing can also help, but too much bathing can dry the ferret’s skin and deplete natural oils, which can make shedding worse and increase odor when the oils return in full force.
The ferret’s body is well-equipped to deal with shedding and in an ideal world, the hair will move through the digestive system smoothly. However, it’s a good idea to use a supplement, such as our Ferret Lax Soft Chews or our Ferret Lax Gel.
There is a multitude of products available for ferrets. Ferrets prefer soft, cushy items for maximum comfort. Because ferrets can be rough with cage accessories, high quality, durable products are important.
The following checklist will provide you with information on what products are necessary to bring your ferret home.
- A high-quality food, such as Marshall Premium Ferret Diet and Treats
- A cage
- High back litter pan and dust-free litter
- Water bottle
- Gravity feeder or lock-style feeding dish
- A sleeping hammock, tube or sack
Does your little pet stink up your home and its surroundings? Besides the obvious ways of reducing the smell like keeping the litter box clean, there’s an easier way to maintain daily odors. GoodBye Odor is a product that stops litter box odor before it starts. It’s made using a natural plant derivative that was created centuries ago by Japanese herbalists and nutritionists. It’s derived from the extract of Agaricus bisporus mushrooms or, simply put, the white button mushroom. In fact, it was originally developed for human use and has been used successfully on ferrets and other small animals for years in North America. GoodBye Odor works naturally and gently in the digestive system, neutralizing blood urea and other odor-causing substances in the body.
When your pet ingests food, foul odors are generated by ammonia, sulfides, indoles, and skatols in the intestines. Although the majority of odiferous substances get excreted in the feces, some are absorbed from the intestines and transferred to the blood causing, bad breath and smelly body odors.
With just one daily application in your small pet’s food or water, you can say GoodBye to smelly pet odors.
For more information on how GoodBye Odor works, click here.
How receptive are pets to wearing costumes? Let’s take a look at the top three most popular companion animals in America and how they measure up when it’s time to dress up.
Dogs: Some dogs live for the limelight. They bask in attention and will proudly strut their stuff in the latest Halloween fashions. Many dog owners insist that their canine companions enjoy dressing up and look forward to it with great gusto. Of course, dogs that are accustomed to sporting sweaters and outerwear are far more likely to tolerate a costume when it’s go-time. On the other hand, a dog that has never been asked to wear clothing might not be so easygoing. Either way, make sure your pet is used to their costume well before Halloween. That way they won’t have to worry about the costume in addition to the extra stress the holiday can bring.
Cats generally are not fans of costumes. Certainly exceptions do exist…but there’s a reason we don’t see too many Kitty Costume Contests.
Ferrets: One of the joys of ferret ownership is dressing up your fuzzy buddy. Some ferrets are much more tolerant of decoration and adornment than others. New ferret owners often marvel at pictures of ferrets in costume. “How do you get them to sit still like that so you can take a picture?” they ask. And that is exactly the trick, — to get them to sit still just long enough to take a picture because it’s likely they’ll wriggle out of the costume on the spot. But that’s all part of the fun!
Whether or not you decide to get your pet into the costume game this year, remember that Halloween can be a spooky time for furry companions.
Here are four tips to keep in mind for the witching hour:
- Keep your pet away from children running around in costumes. Anything that flaps, sparkles, wiggles or otherwise intimidates your pet is a cause for concern, because a spooked animal might run away or even nip.
- Keep candy out of pets’ reach.
- Make sure your pet’s costume is not restrictive. An ill-fitting costume could cause injury.
- Keep your pet safely inside.
Ferret toys need not be complex. They’re fans of the classic empty box, paper grocery bags, as well as anything that crinkles or makes noise. Supervised playtime is recommended.
Safe, interactive toys are a great way to satiate ferrets’ curiosity without worrying that they might injure themselves. Having a selection of toys is ideal, so you can rotate them in and out, and fuzzies are less likely to grow tired of them. Some toys, like our new Starfish, double as an interactive toy as well as a sleeping pod. Other toys that serve this dual purpose are the Bear Rug, Octo-Play and Igloo. It’s fun to see how many ferrets can fit inside each of these toys!
Other ferret favorites include:
Use these toys to keep your ferret happy.