What you need to know when buying a ferret
Ferrets make wonderful pets and, like dogs and some cats, can be trained. They offer hours of enjoyment as they are very curious and playful creatures to have at home. But just like any other pet, you need to do the necessary research to learn all you can about proper care for these beautiful little animals. Ferrets require more attention than even cats and dogs, as socialization is very important in maintaining their mental health. That’s why it’s crucial to learn as much as you can before making the decision to own one.
Unlike other small animals their size like rabbits, hamsters or guinea pigs, ferrets need more care to make sure they get the proper care that is so important. Also, while they may just play, ferrets can get a little rough around very young children. Therefore, if you have children under 3 years of age in the house, it is important to always supervise the time that the ferret and the children are together.
The area of the house where you house your ferret is also very important. You must purchase a suitable cage that is specially designed for ferrets. Never put a ferret in an aquarium or cage that is meant for rabbits. This can seriously damage their health as ferrets need a lot more space and a lot of ventilation to get fresh air. Also, the area where they spend much of their time should be free of any breakable items, as ferrets will climb and get to know things as they explore the house.
You should also take into account any other small pets you may have at home. Ferrets do not get along with birds or lizards as they have a very strong predatory instinct. Also, any small pet from the rodent family, such as mice, gerbils, or even rabbits and hamsters, could be considered fair game for the ferret. However, if you have dogs or cats, you’ll be fine, as ferrets always seem to get along with them. How cats or dogs react to them, although in a different story.
Ferrets often live between 6 and 12 years and cost between $50 and $200. Like other pets, they need annual vaccinations and checkups to make sure they are healthy. It is important to know that these expenses are necessary and that you can budget them accordingly. Also, you need to check with your local humane society or veterinarian to make sure that ferrets are legal in your area, as they are illegal in some places.