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Some information about owning a Ferret

Published on Tuesday, February 18, 2014 in All Other Small Pets

Before ferrets became the cute little pets they are today, they were used to hunt down and dig out rabbits, from their burrows. If you are considering buying one, make sure you get one from a reputable breeder, shelter, or the Humane Society. Make sure your ferret has had all his necessary vaccinations before bringing him  home.

You will also want to find a vet schooled in ferret care before you purchase your ferret. They usually live from 7 to 10 years.

Though some people don`t believe it, ferrets can be trained effectively, just not as easy as a cat or dog. Training them will be a gradual process and the best way to teach them is to reward positive behavior with food. If the behavior is not acceptable, confining the ferret to its cage or paying  it no attention, will work wonders!

Because they move around alot, they tend to make a mess of a room! One of the major problems associated with them is nipping, however, they can be taught not to nip as well as to use the litter box, it just takes more time and patience!

It is best to interact with your baby ferret as much as possible because adult ferrets that are used to playing with people since their baby days will be much more friendly, playful and well-trained.

Even though they tend to sleep 15 to 16 hours a day, the rest of the time they are quite rambunctious, love to play with toys and frolic about the house.

Their cage should be as large as your house will allow, with lots of tunnels, stairs, toys and complete with floors. If you have a big backyard, you can give him a hammock, hanging bunks and cozy beds to lounge around in during sleepy  time!


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