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Small pet advice: caring for a pet ferret

Ferrets are full of energy and will really keep you on your toes!

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Always on the go

First things first: a ferret can be quite a smelly pet, so it’s best to keep yours out of doors. They’re also bursting with life and need plenty of space in which to run around. Lots of ferret owners take their pets out on a lead, but they must be vaccinated against canine distemper first. Check with Vets4Pets for more information about vaccinations.

Where to keep a pet ferret

They’re good at chewing and great at burrowing, so keeping your ferret secure in its hutch and run can be quite a challenge. A wooden hutch with a spacious run is a good option, but provide a waterproof run over the outdoor space to help add extra shelter. Also give your pet plenty of straw or shredded paper in its hutch, along with a litter tray.

The right diet

In the wild, ferrets hunt small animals, and even as pets, they need plenty of animal protein and fat with very little carbohydrate. Provide raw eggs and meat between two and four times a day, though don’t let the meat sit around if it isn’t consumed. It can be a good idea to offer specialist ferret food too, and of course, it should always have access to fresh water.

No nipping

Ferrets love to play, but they will naturally nip their playmate and so should be trained to ensure that they don’t nip humans. They really are balls of energy, so give them plenty of toys to chase, and spend time having fun together. Cardboard boxes are endlessly versatile, and can be constructed into mazes or tunnels for your ferret to scurry through.