Care and maintenance
| Ferrets are currently sold at pet stores, markets, newspaper advertisements, and animal farms. The most reliable way to buy a ferret suitable for housing is to purchase it directly from the breeder, that is, the person who breeds decorative ferrets and will continue to help you with advice on keeping the animal. If you purchase a small animal in a pet store, be sure to ask for the address or telephone number of the breeder to contact him in case of any problems. |
Before buying a ferret, you must determine: Do your family members suffer from allergies; unfortunately, some people cannot live in the same apartment with animals, as they react sharply to wool, dust and even smell; Do your family members suffer from allergies? unfortunately, some people cannot live in the same apartment with animals, as they react sharply to wool, dust and even smell;
Can you make a ferret a special place in your house;
Can you provide him with the necessary food;
Are the cages with your pets such as birds, rabbits, rodents or reptiles, as well as indoor plants, not sufficiently accessible for the ferret;
Will your other pets — a dog or a cat — conflict with a ferret?
Do you have friends who will take care of the animal during your departure?
Buying a ferret should not be the result of a momentary rush. Take your time, weigh the pros and cons. Discuss this issue with other members of your family. And be sure to prepare the cage, litter, toilet, drinking bowl and food for the ferret in advance. At a fur farm, you can pick a ferret with a very beautiful color, but it will require special attention and experience when kept in an apartment, since on farms usually no one is involved in special taming and training of animals. Remember that this is not a house ferret, but half-wild. In this case, perhaps you should take the youngest ferret to start raising it as soon as possible. It is best to take an animal aged 1 to 3 months. Ferrets belong to those animals that can be taken away from the mother at a fairly early age. After reaching 20 days of age, babies begin to eat on their own, despite the fact that their eyes open much later (by 35-45 days). A one and a half-month-old baby ferret can be raised without much hassle. If you acquire an adult animal, be sure to ensure that it does not bite, since it is very difficult to wean a badly trained adult ferret to bite, and only a specialist can do it. See how the seller picks up the animal. If he does this without fear and calmly allows you to take the ferret in your hands, then, most likely, the animal is accustomed to hands and will not bite. Take the ferret in your arms. If the seller interferes with your close contact with the animal, then perhaps this ferret bites. If even two weeks after the purchase the ferret did not become completely tame, then it needs to be exchanged for another, more compliant animal or returned to the breeder. If you buy a ferret directly in the house of the breeder, be sure to ask him to let the animal run around the room. The animal released from the cage should actively run, play, climb into arms, carry toys, in a word, behave exactly like a puppy of a dog. The fur of a healthy ferret should be clean, even, without bald spots.
Blow on the fur, check for fleas. Sometimes abrasions and small wounds are visible on the skin of a ferret, inflicted by rodents in a fierce battle or received by a ferret from a partner during mating. But it should not be mutilated. A healthy ferret has eyes that are shiny, clear, without dry crusts. The nose is clean, without discharge. The ferret should not have panting, sneezing. The ears are pink, without crusts. Ears can be a little dusty, it’s not scary. The anus and the fur around it should be clean. It is very bad if the ferret is lethargic, lethargic, does not run around the room, is not interested in anything, lies, sighs heavily, refuses to eat. In no case should such an animal be acquired? The depletion of the male ferret may be disturbing. Females are often very thin in the breeding season, for them this is normal.
Do not forget to ask when buying a ferret, whether he was vaccinated and which ones. Perhaps he was vaccinated against rabies, from the plague of carnivores, or some other.