Have you been considering getting a pet ferret? These little guys are super cute and fun pets. They’re also a handful, both literally and figuratively! Here, a Pasadena, MD vet lists some things first-time ferret owners sometimes learn the hard way.
You may have heard this one already. Ferrets love to snatch ‘treasures’ and hoard them. Of course, to ferrets, anything within paws’ reach is fair game. Your tiny pet may help himself to anything from keys to phones to water bottles. Just make sure you know where your little buddy’s stash is. That’s the first place to look when something is missing!
Did you know that ferrets have been used to run wires through narrow pipes? After spending a few days watching your pet explore every tiny nook and cranny of your house, you’ll understand why. Be sure to do some ferret-proofing!
Many smaller pets, such as rabbits, Guinea pigs, and hamsters, have fairly similar needs. Ferrets, however, are their own thing. You’ll need to do lots of research! For example, one thing that you may not know is that ferrets sometimes absolutely refuse to eat anything other than their favorite food. This can be problematic, so you’ll need to change your pet’s food up a bit. Ask your vet for specific advice.
We all know that dogs like bacon and cats like tuna. Ferrets’ favorite snack may very well be duck soup. Actually, the term ‘duck soup’ is a bit of a misnomer. In the ferret world, duck soup is usually made with boneless chicken or turkey. However, there are actually many different recipes for this ferret favorite!
Nipping is a natural play behavior among kits. However, because ferrets have thick fur, it doesn’t hurt for them. We have thinner skin, however. You’ll need to teach your frisky furball some petiquette.
These playful, curious balls of fur are really cute to watch. Your ferret will definitely put a smile on your face as he is scampering around, being mischievous and charming. You may be surprised at how quickly your pint-sized pal can melt your heart!
Please contact us, your Pasadena, MD veterinary hospital, with any questions or concerns about ferret care. We’re here to help!