Ferrets – Housing
Keeping Ferrets may be rather difficult. These little animals have some features that punctual and busy people mightn’t like. Your home should be Ferret-proof. It means that Ferrets can and will get into the tiniest holes. They are extremely active and need lots of time running free and playing. If you are out all day, don’t get a Ferret or two that just doubles the trouble. Keeping Ferrets is rather expensive. Also Ferrets don’t get along with small animals, like hamsters, rabbits, guinea pigs, and birds. The word “ferret” means “little thief’ in Latin. Ferrets really like to conceal various things in their hiding holes. Ferrets live only 5-10 years. Ferrets need a cage no smaller than 2x3x2 feet and plenty of toys.
Ferrets – Health
Pay special attention to Ferrets’ teeth. They are subject to plague, caries, abnormal wear, and fracturing. Sometimes it’s good to cut off the tip of the canine to prevent biting. Ferrets have neutral or slightly fishy breath; bad odors are associated with gum disease, decaying teeth, or gastrointestinal problems.
Ferrets are very sturdy animals and hide their illness until it’s really bad. Beginning at the age of 3-4, they are susceptible to Adrenal Disease and Insulinoma that require your attention and medial care for the rest of Ferret’s life. A blood sugar test and Adrenal Panel can identify the early stages of these diseases.
Ferrets catch and transmit the human flu. You should avoid being close if either of you is ill. Don’t feed young Ferrets hard food – it leads to a prolapsed rectum. If Ferrets aren’t interested in eating, feed them with feeding syringes.