An introduction to ferrets

Ferrets are fast becoming a popular pet with families who are looking for a fun, mischievous and affectionate pet.

Ferrets may not be for first time pet owners, but they certainly suit many families if cared for properly. You will have hours of fun and be rewarded with lots of cuddles from these cheeky little creatures.

There are many things to consider when taking on ferrets, these fast facts will provide you with some basic information to help you decide if mischievous ferrets are for you.

Companionship: Ferrets should live in a minimum of a neutered pair or in neutered small groups. They are predators so should not be housed alongside small pets such as rodents or rabbits.

Life expectancy: Ferrets can live up to 10 years.

Accomodation: Ferrets need lots of space to keep them fit, healthy and happy. They can live indoors or outdoors, each comes with its different requirements. The ideal size accommodation is:

Outdoors – A 8ft long by 8ft wide by 6ft high (243cm by 243cm by 182cm) aviary/ run with an insulated sleep area.

Indoors – An XL explorer cage (maximum of two ferrets) with access to a ferret – safe playroom for daily free-range time.

Diet: Ferrets are carnivores, they require a good quality dry complete biscuit with a few healthy treats for variety.

Health: Ferrets require a yearly vaccination against K9 distemper, they also should be given preventative flea treatment every three months. Ferrets nails can grow very sharp so require clipping every 6-12 weeks.

Family friendly: Ferrets can make very affectionate and loyal pets; however, they may not suit first time pet owners or families with young children due to their very playful nature which can result in a few small nips when playing with toys etc.

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