Ferret General Care

Housing: Ferrets should be kept in a cage when they are not being monitored. They are sensitive to heat stroke therefore their environment needs to be at or below 80 degrees F and in a well ventilated area. Most ferrets sleep a majority of the time and do not mind being caged. Ferrets like to sleep in towels, shirts, etc. When the ferret is outside of his/her cage, care must be taken so that he/she does not become trapped or lost. It is advisable to "ferret-proof" your home by closing as many small openings as you can before letting your pet roam and explore. Ferrets can be litter box trained about 90% of the time. A small low sided box should be placed in the corner of the cage, and fragrance free kitty litter or recycled pelleted newspaper litter is recommended.

Nutrition: Ferrets can be maintained on high quality foods such as Totally Ferret or Marshall Farms Ferret Food. Ferrets should have food available at all times. Treats may be offered in very limited quantities. Do not feed milk or foods rich in sugars (cookies, candy) or carbohydrates (breads, pastas, rice or cereals). Chocolate can be fatal to your ferret. Fruits and vegetables should be fed sparingly because ferrets cannot digest fiber very well. Vitamin supplements are not necessary if your pet is on a good quality diet.

Bathing: Ferrets can be bathed with a shampoo made for ferrets, or a product such as Allergroom shampoo that is safe for kittens. Ferrets should not be bathed more than every 2 to 3 weeks. If ferrets are bathed frequently their skin becomes dry and itchy and can result in overproduction of oils causing them to smell more.

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