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How to Train a Ferret to Use a Litter Box – In 3 Easy Steps!

How to Train a Ferret to Use a Litter Box – In 3 Easy Steps!

Do you own an adorable ferret, but are frustrated by the messes around the house? Wouldn’t it be perfect if you could train the ferret to use a litter box? It can be done, in 3 easy steps and you and your ferret can enjoy each others company without the hassle of finding little ‘surprises’ around the house.

Training a ferret to use a litter box is not a lot different to training a kitten. They are intelligent and inquisitive animals and very quick to learn. The trick is knowing how to read the signs and what action to take to succeed. With a little persistence and love, you will soon find pooping in a litter box becomes second nature. Can you spare some time for your beloved pet and companion? If so, here are the 3 steps

1. Watch and Learn

2. Take Action

3. Reinforce and reward

Watch and Learn

Learn about your ferret and his toilet habits. Watch for the well established behavioral habits:

Relieving himself about 15 minutes after waking, usually a lot less (Sounds familiar, even to us humans)

Wanting to relieve himself in a corner (We all like our privacy, even animals)

Backing into corners with his tail raised.

Watch where he goes in the cage.

Armed with this knowledge, not only do we feel a little closer to our ferret, but we understand how his body works and what we can do about it.

Take Action

First of all place litter boxes in all the corners you same him visit or attempt to visit, plus the area of his cage where you saw him go.

Be there when he wakes. If he attempts to go anywhere except in a litter box, pick him up and pop him in one. If he hasn’t relieved himself in the 15 minutes, do it anyway

If he relieves himself away from the litter box, then pick him up straight away and put him in one. He will start to associate the two.

Reinforce and Reward.

Keep taking these simple steps. Reinforce habits and reward good behavior. He will soon learn that doing the right thing leads to treats.

Soon your bundle of joy will be weeing and pooping in all the right places. You may even be able to remove litter boxes he doesn’t use. How to train a ferret to use a litter box in 3 easy steps.…

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The Problems With Ferret Breeding

The Problems With Ferret Breeding

If I think ferrets are great pets, how come I’d never consider breeding them? I’ll do my best to explain.

Ferrets are great companions, full of energy and very curious. You can take them on walks, you can watch them playing with toys, but for me breeding is the one activity I’ll never involve myself in.

More than that, I’m pretty convinced that it’s a task best left to the experts. If you own a ferret there are many things to consider, before embarking on a breeding program.

Ferret Health & Behavior

Having a ferret that’s not neutered/spayed is, of course, a requirement for breeding but many potential ferret breeders don’t understand the issues that affect ferrets without these processes.

Male ferrets become more aggressive and territorial, losing their playful charm. Female ferrets have to deal with a six month heat season, where they can develop health complications if they don’t breed.

Finding Breeding Partners

The very fact that most ferrets are neutered/spayed is one of the biggest challenges in terms of ferret breeding. Finding a ferret that is not closely related is essential, for health reasons, so you’ll often need to establish a network with other breeders in your area.

Manual Intervention

I’m trying to put this as politely as possible but when it comes to ferret breeding there is often a need for the breeder to help with uniting the two breeding partners, though they should never be decoupled by the breeder, due to the male’s barbed penis. This hands on approach does not appeal to me.

Responsibility for Immunizations & Sterilizations

The importance of making sure that young ferrets get their first shots, as well as ensuring they are spayed/neutered seems like a lot of responsibility to carry. Many potential ferret breeders overlook the administration of these vital tasks. You’d certainly get to know your vet, though he or she will be happy to see you, with the costs involved!

Finding Good Homes

Nothing would pain me more than the idea of a ferret going to a bad home. Even if I used my best judgment and insisted on checking that the potential owner had the right equipment and attitude, it would worry me no end to consider that any one of the ferrets was less than happy. It feels like a big responsibility.…

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Ferret No Vegetarian Diet – No Sissy Food Here

Ferret No Vegetarian Diet – No Sissy Food Here

A ferret’s digestive system is built to only digest certain types of foods. With a quick turnaround time from eating to litter box, their bodies need to absorb nutrients fairly fast and eating a diet of fat and protein does this. On the other side of the coin, vegetables and grains are out.

Ferrets sleep on an average of 15 hours a day, but they do wake up and eat multiple times a day, meaning that there should be fresh food and water at their disposal 24/7.

And since ferrets are born meat eaters – a high protein, high fat, guideline must be followed for a healthy physical and mental state. I’m pretty sure that most of you reading this will not be so into feeding your ferret live rodents, so I’m going to discuss food in the form of the dry pellet type. Nowadays, ferret food is widely available online and in pet stores. If you do not have access to ferret food, then a high-quality cat food can substitute. But you should look closely at the labels for this proteins and fats. A good ratio consists of:

– 30% Protein – 20% Fat

The protein should come from meat. Chicken, lamb, eggs are good choices. Watch out for vegetable based proteins, you don’t want this because ferrets have a tough time digesting this. Things like corn, soy, rice etc.

You don’t want to raise a wimpy finicky eater, so you should introduce your ferret to new types of foods at an early age. Slowly mix, different brands together. Try out new combinations of cat food, ferret food, dry and moist food, just as long as you stick to the guidelines above. This will make life easier for you in the future.

If you’re providing your ferret with a healthy diet and exercise, he shouldn’t be obese. Even with multiple naps and feedings a day, a ferrets lightning metabolism keeps their weight down. An adult will usually eat about a half a cup of food a day. If your ferret is still getting fat, have a veterinarian check him out. There might be some other underlying issues.

I’m against giving your ferret snacks, but I don’t practice it. It’s hard not too! But don’t let your ferret get in the habit of begging for tasty foods. If you follow the nutritional advice above, then a ferret will have more than enough vitamins and calories to sustain a very healthy life. Other than specialized ferret treats, there are too many dangerous foods out there for ferrets. Fruits and veggies might seem ok, but they’re really not. Candy and sodas are also bad. I actually do treat my ferret to these foods once in awhile but most people do it with no control.

If your ferret is new, you can use food to help you gain his trust. Feed him by hand little by little each day. Let him hear your voice and pet him more and more until you can carry him. Be patient and it will pay off.…

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The Right Way to Buy a Ferret

The Right Way to Buy a Ferret

Before explaining the right way to buy a ferret, let’s find out what this animal is. Some people have the misconception that the ferrets are a type of rodent. These animals are domesticated and are related to weasels, minks and skunks just to mention a few. They in no way are related to rodents. The ferrets taxonomically are somewhere between a cat and a dog. Their sense of hearing and smell are quite sharp, and their vision is just good. These animals make great pets. But there some facts you need to know before buying one of these animals.

You need to check the local laws in your area on whether you can legally own one of these ferrets. Many local governments and states today have laws against this ownership. The veterinarian you use might even know if he doesn’t then check the law authority in your area to see what the law is.

Make a decision as to where to buy a ferret. Search out a breeder in your area if possible; this is the wisest choice when it is available. You then can ask more questions about the animal this way. You will be able to see in what way the animal has been raised and get information on how it was bred. If the breeder is reputable they will not try to hide anything from you. You can view more colors of ferrets to select from too. The breeders will also give you some proof of the animal’s health.

You could also choose to buy a ferret online and from a pet store. Be certain they are as healthy as they should be though when buying them this way. However, purchasing one using the Internet can be more risky though due to you not knowing any of the living or breeding conditions of the ferret. When your ferret arrives it could be ill. The Internet is a great place to search out where to buy these animals though.

Prior to buying any ferret you should lay in the correct supplies for taking care of one. First get a cage that allows it enough room to move freely in and of course get sleep in. Then you also need a litter pan in it for the new ferret. There are cages today that include one. Make sure to have the litter to prepare it too. Other things that you need include a water container, food, toys, treats, and vitamins. After you have the cage and everything set up it is time to buy a ferret. Choose whatever of the colors you think is the nicest and introduce the ferret to its new home.…