So… you’ve decided on getting a ferret. These animals make wonderful pets and can become a great addition to any family. They are relatively easy to care for and need just a few things. Read about the cages, supplies, and food that you will need to get before you bring your ferret home.
Ferret Supplies: Cage
If you have spent plenty of time training your ferret and have “ferret-proofed” your home, it is fine for you to let him have the run of the house while you are there. However, if your ferret is a brand new pet or you are not at home for long periods of time, you will need a cage.
Think of your ferret’s cage as his bedroom. Just like you need a place to rest and get away from it all, so does your ferret. Pick a spot for your ferret cage that isn’t in the main traffic flow of your home but at the same time, don’t shut him away from the family.
Find a spot for your ferret’s cage where he will be able to observe the family’s activities and at the same time, be entertaining to you and your children.
The cage will need to be 12 to 15 cubic feet per ferret. You can change the “layout” of most ferret cages so this isn’t as big as it sounds. Ferrets are very active so be sure you give him plenty of room to run.
Ferret Supplies: Miscellaneous Supplies
In addition to the cage, you will need to make it as comfortable as possible for your new ferret friend. Buy ferret-safe bedding and toys. Because ferrets are so active and like to bite and chew, you need your bedding to be ferret-proof so he doesn’t tear it up within minutes.
Your local pet store will have plenty of ferret-safe toys and bedding. Remember that ferrets like to burrow and hide so have some places set up in his cage where he can do this. A hammock for ferrets is always popular and the ferrets love them.
Ferret Supplies: Food
Ferrets in the wild kill small prey and eat the entire thing. This means that they naturally have a diet that is high in animal fat and protein. It is always best to try to mimic a captive animal’s natural diet and ferrets are no exception.
Be sure to read the label of the food you are considering purchasing for your ferret. The food should be 32 to 38% protein from animals – not vegetable sources. Ferrets do not have part of the large intestine. This means that they do not digest the fiber in vegetables very well.
Choose a food that has chicken or poultry by-product meal listed as the first ingredient. This way, you will know that your ferret is getting the animal protein that he needs.
In addition to a properly sized cage, ferret-proof bedding and toys, and high animal protein food, your ferret needs lots of love and attention. Combine these ingredients and you will have one happy ferret that will become a member of the family.
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