Ferrets make wonderful pets because they are very active and they have a bit of a goofy side to them. Many ferret owners do not realize, however, that caring for a ferret can sometimes be challenging because they are so different from more “traditional” pets like cats and dogs.
Below you will receive some tips to help you care for your ferret properly to keep him happy and healthy.
Importance of routine veterinary care
No matter what kind of pet you have, you should make sure to take it to the vet several times a year just to make sure he is healthy. Ferrets are very different from cats, dogs, and other pets so it might not be as easy to recognize the signs of illness in a ferret as it would be for another type of pet.
Taking your ferret to the vet a few times a year will help to ensure that if your ferret does get sick that you get the problem taken care of as soon as possible so your ferret can make a full recovery. It is also just a good idea in general to have a ferret vet on-call in case of emergencies.
Another important aspect of veterinary care for ferrets is vaccinations. Like dogs and cats, ferrets require certain vaccinations to protect them against common diseases. Canine distemper is one of the most important vaccines your ferret will need – rabies is another vaccine your ferret should probably get.
A veterinarian who is qualified to treat ferrets will be able to tell you if your ferret needs any other vaccines. The vaccines your ferret needs might vary depending where you live.
Recommended grooming tasks
In addition to taking your ferret to the vet, there are also some routine grooming tasks you need to stay on top of. You do not need to brush or trim your ferret’s fur but you should keep his nails trimmed and his ears cleaned.
Some ferrets do not take well to these kinds of grooming tasks so it is in your best interest to start while your ferret is young so he gets used to this type of handling. Trim your ferret’s nails once every week or two, cutting just the sharp tip off the end of each nail.
Clean your ferret’s ears once a week as well to prevent infections. You may also want to treat your ferret with a topical flea and tick preventive, especially if you also have dogs or cats in the house.
Choosing a healthy diet
Keeping up with veterinary care and routine grooming tasks will go a long way in keeping your ferret healthy. Another important thing you do not want to neglect is your ferret’s diet – a high-quality diet is the key to keeping your ferret healthy.
Ferrets are obligate carnivores by nature so they require a diet comprised of protein and fat with no plant matter. The ferret has a very fast metabolism and he needs at least 35% protein and 20% fat in his diet so it is best to feed him a high-quality commercial diet that is specially formulated for ferrets. You can follow the feeding recommendations on the bag or ask your vet how much to feed your ferret.
Ferrets are wonderful creatures and they make very entertaining pets as long as they remain healthy. In order to keep your ferret in good condition, keep the above information in mind and do your part to keep up with veterinary care, grooming and diet.