Improving Ferret Lifespan

Ferrets are the popular pets now in many countries. However a few countries ban the domestication of the pet. The carnivorous ferrets enjoy long hours of sleep in a day, being active for few hours in the early hours of the day and for a few hours in the evenings. It needs great amount of care to keep it hale and hearty.

Being a carnivore, the staple diet of ferrets is meat. They are not to be fed with a diet of high carbohydrates and fiber as their system is incapable of digesting them. The right blend of diet for them includes meat, fat and lots of water.

By nature they relish to hunt on a prey and gore their victims and eat them. But as most owners despise the sight of ferrets gore into whole mice and eating it, canned meat is preferably provided for them. Biologically Appropriate Raw Food is a worthy option for ferrets, since they stay healthy with intake of raw and whole prey diet. To enhance the ferret lifespan, it is important for the owners to provide healthy diet in small quantities since they are of small stature with proportionate digestive system.

In nature, ferrets live in burrows, but in captivity they adapt to live in cages. Since they show an inclination to walk freely around, when they are out of slumber the owners have to ensure that the cages in which they are placed are roomier to facilitate the pet to exercise well. As the exercises keep a them fit, owners try to find innovative ways to offer a setting which enthuse the ferret to exercise.

Ferrets are commonly afflicted by few diseases. They are vulnerable to cancer of the lymph and glands secreting adrenalin. They are handicapped by tumor in the pancreas or the insulinoma and also by hairball and dental problems. Thus periodic visit to the vet with knowledge on ferrets is mandatory to keep the pet fit and active. By ensuring that proper diet is provided along with a healthy surrounding and due veterinary care, the longevity of the ferret could go beyond the average age of 7 years.

By Laura