Basic Ferret Care

Did you know that May 5th is National Ferret Day? Ferrets may be small, but they are very charming, and can make wonderful pets! A Conyers, GA vet discusses basic ferret care below.

Cage

Your ferret will need a clean, comfy cage. We recommend a mesh or wire cage with a solid bottom. Ferrets love climbing, so your tiny furball will enjoy a cage with multiple levels. You’ll need to add a safe substrate or bedding, some hammocks and pouches, dishes, a water bottle, and, of course, fun toys. Ask your vet for more information.

Basic Care

Just like any other pets, ferrets need proper veterinary care, including regular exams and vaccinations. In between appointments, keep an eye out for signs of illness, such as lethargy and reduced appetite. Home care is also crucial. You’ll also need to clean the little guy’s ears, clip his claws, and give him hairball remedy. Ask your vet for specific advice.

Food

Ferrets need a high-protein, meat-based diet. If you can’t find ferret food, offer your pet high-quality kitten food. Ask your vet for specific nutritional recommendations, including supplements, portion sizes, safe and unsafe foods, and suitable snacks.

Toys

Give your furry buddy lots of fun toys, such as rope toys, balls, and other playthings. Ferrets also like playing with many random objects, including boxes, empty milk jugs, hats, lunch bags, and socks. Just put safety first: don’t give your four-legged friend anything dangerous, such as small or sharp items.

Ferretproofing

Ferrets need a few hours out of their cages daily. Your curious little pet will spend much of this time trying to get into as much mischief as possible, so you’ll need to do some ferretproofing. Some of the things you’ll need to address include toxic plants and foods; chemicals; medications; plastic bags and ties; wires and cords; and anything small or sharp. You’ll also need to seal off openings around doors and windows, and behind cabinets and appliances. Ask your vet for more information.

Hoarding

Ferrets have developed quite the reputation for thievery, and not without good reason. Your cute little companion will happily take off with anything he can carry, including keys, watches, coins, earrings, pens, and other items! Watch where your pet hides things, so you know where to look for missing objects.

Does your ferret need veterinary care? Call us, your Conyers, GA animal hospital, today!