The Ins and Outs of Ferret Care

Ferrets are great pets, and it’s no surprise that many people want to try having one for a pet. Maybe you find them cute, or maybe you just want something or someone to talk to. No matter what your reasons are, there are things to be learned. Ferrets are fun, but they are not like all the other animals that you can own as pets. So what makes them different? Let’s find out!

Ferret Socialization

You will find that ferrets are very social creatures. They LOVE having other creatures to hang out with, so make sure they always have company. If it’s not you or another human being then you might consider getting another ferret or another pet–provided neither has predatory instincts toward the other.

A Ferret Legacy

Ferrets are animals that have been used for many years. In the wild they were used for hunting rabbits, and as domesticated pets they are used to hunt down rodents in barns and on ships. They even found their place in the electrical world as they pulled wires through hard to access pipes and vents.

The Habits of the Ferret

Even a domesticated ferret will act strange at some point. You might own them, and they might trust you, but sometimes their idea of playing actually involves biting, which some people are not quite fond of. If you don’t want your ferret to bite, then you need to let it know. The best way to go about this is to take it by the scruff of the neck and pick it up. Tell it NO firmly, and eventually it will get the hang of it.

What Ferrets like to Do

Keeping your ferret entertained and happy is important if you want it to behave. A rowdy ferret can end up in broken furniture, so keep that in mind. If you give your ferret toys, do remember to avoid anything rubber. Rubber can prove to be quite deadly to ferrets.

Ferrets and You

You may be surprised to find out that ferrets have an incredibly long lifespan. It’s not quite as long as a parrot, but a ferret can live for eight to ten years. This means you need to be ready to commit to it’s well being if you are buying a ferret. It will be with you for a long time, and will become a member of your family.

These are the facts that you will need to know about ferrets. The basic facts at least. If you want to know more, the information is all around you. Go to a library, check the internet, or ask at a pet store. There is so much to learn, and so little time.

By Laura