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 Ferrets can sometimes be thought of as a rare
pet to own. Most individuals choose dogs, cats, birds, or fish to complete their family, however some want the ferret for its social, playful, curious qualities! Ferrets love to play and explore not only with others and their owners, but also on their own. (In PAIRS of course. They will be lonely if they don't have a ferret buddy.) For this reason, you need to know a few things about how to take care of a ferret.

First, you will want to ferret proof your home before you introduce them as pets. They will crawl into walls, furniture, and anywhere they can get their little bodies. It is much like childproofing a
home for a baby
. You will want to make sure all of the dangers are eliminated when you allow them out of their cages for playtime.

Ferrets are also biters. The kits, baby ferrets, tend to bite more. You can eliminate the problem
or tone it down with frequent handling. It is a sign of their behavior as mock fighting or sparring. The younger ferrets tend to bite more when they are teething and do not mean any harm. For this reason, you will want to handle the ferrets as often as possible to help reduce the biting behavior. Often
those who do not take the time or patience to train their ferret end up leaving
the animal in its cage and thus it has a shorter lifespan. Please make sure you
are up to the task of training a ferret before brining one into your home.

Trained properly they can be as great a pet (or better) as cats or dogs.

A ferret's lifespan is usually six to ten years, however proper care and feeding can lead
to a little longer life. Ferrets are carnivores so they require a high protein
diet. You can buy great ferret food in pet stores. Carefully reading the label will tell you if
it has the proper high protein diet. Please make sure you are buying a high quality brand of ferret food .

 While play is an important part of your ferret's life, so is sleep. Most ferrets spend
fourteen to eighteen hours a day sleeping. Part of sleeping is to rejuvenate
them from the active play life they have. They love to explore and to play with
toys.
Many pet stores have toys for ferrets, or you might have something around
the house that your ferret will find appealing.

The type of cage is important. FERRET NATION or CRITTER NATION cages are the best. (I use the critter nation one for my Rats) Ferrets tend to be very smart so you will need a cage where they can get
plenty of air, but small enough bars they cannot slip through. You will also want
to clean the cage once or twice a week depending upon the number of ferrets you
have, and how dirty the cage looks. Join a ferret related online forum for extra help and tips about this. They are also burrowers so some type of bedding is required. Carefresh animal bedding or large towels would work.

Ferrets are little balls of fur that love to play and interact with humans and each other.  While there are some special concessions you need to make to have a ferret the results are worth it. Proper training as a youngster will give you even more joy when they reach adulthood.

Have a nice day and please donate to help me support my own Vet Bills! I have to keep my babies healthy too.


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