Ferrets are very inquisitive, friendly and intelligent. They are extremely active and need lots of exercise and play time. Because they can bite if they are not well-trained and healthy, ferrets are not recommended if there are small children in the house. Even adults need to handle ferrets with care, as they might mistake a finger for an edible treat. They love to play by bouncing back and forth and love it when you join in the fun.
Ferrets can live for a long time – 6 to 13 years! If you get a ferret, please understand that this is a long commitment that should be considered carefully. Ferrets are highly intelligent and social pets that do best in small groups. It is highly recommended you consider adopting a pair of ferrets so they will always have a companion to socialize with.
Ferret habitats are usually designed with two levels and a place to hang a cozy hammock. The habitat should also contain a dark enclosure such as a wooden hut, where the ferrets can make a nest for sleeping. They love to play with toys, including logs, branches, boxes, and never-used flower pots.
Ferrets are easy to litter train! As soon as your ferret chooses a corner of the habitat to use as a bathroom, put a box or small litter pan there filled with fresh, odor control carefresh natural paper bedding. Make sure you have one for inside their home and several for playtime outside of it.
Ferrets are weasels which are obligate carnivores and need meat in their diet. They also have very high metabolisms, so they need a large amount of animal fat in their diets. Because of their quick metabolism, ferrets need to eat every 3-4 hours, so it is best to have dry food (not fish-based) available constantly. Avoid foods which are too high in vegetable and grain matter.
Changing foods or flavors abruptly will make the ferret sick. As a result, it is a good idea to ensure your ferret experiences a mix of foods at an early age so as to accustom them to different diets in the event their preferred food is unavailable for a short period. Make fresh, clean water available at all times.