Ferret care relies heavily on hygiene. A good clean cage is necessary. Ferrets use the litter box multiple times a day and can spill food all over the place. A daily routine consists of cleaning out the litter box, changing food, and water.
1. You’re a slob: Ferret care relies heavily on hygiene. A good clean cage is necessary. Ferrets use the litter box multiple times a day and can spill food all over the place. A daily routine consists of cleaning out the litter box, changing food, and water. And every week you should be cleaning the cage and washing the beddings. Can you manage that?
2. You’re cheap: A ferret’s cage, ferret food, spaying or neutering, play toys, veterinary visits, and cage accessories cost money. And no, you can’t substitute an aquarium for a cage or dog food for ferret food.
3. You don’t have time: Ferrets pretty much sleep all day and all they ask for is an hour or so for some playtime. Throwing in a couple of toys in the cage won’t do. Mental and physical stimulation is important for their well-being.
4. You’re a show off: If you adopted a ferret hoping that you can pick up more chicks then you’re pathetic. Go over to your local shelter and have a good look at how many “owners” gave up on their pet after the fun wears out.
5. You’re lazy: Ferret proofing your home is a necessity. Ferrets are born explorers and can squeeze into anything to get what they want. Before bringing a ferret home, you should have closed off all dangerous passageways, holes, and checked under everything your ferret can crawl under. There should be no exposed wires, chewable Styrofoam, rubber, or small objects. Get rid of your recliner and put down things that can be toppled over. Don’t underestimate a ferret’s ability to cause trouble around your place. Don’t worry, they don’t mean it; it’s all in fun.
6. You eat fast food everyday: Ferrets need special nutritional needs. Born with a small digestive tract, ferrets can only absorb nutrients through protein and fats. A good ferret food is all you need. If you’re using a high-quality cat food, make sure that it has a ratio of 30% protein and 20% fat. Since there is so much food out there that can be potentially dangerous, don’t feed your ferret snacks.
7. You’re meek: Ferrets need to be socialized from an early age. They can play rough and use every corner of your home as a toilet. You should be tough enough to scruff train your little guy before he gets out of hand. This is what their mothers used to do, so don’t worry about being too strict. Grab them by their scruffs and give them a firm “no” if they bite to hard or if you need to clip their nails.
8. You’re a rat: Listen, as much as I want ferrets to get along with your pet rodent, it’s not a good idea. Yea, you’ll see you tube videos where they’re all friends, but ferrets are natural born hunters. Actually, they’re rodent assassins and have been for hundreds of years. The practice still goes on today. But if you want to risk it and your rat disappears one day, don’t say that I didn’t warn you.
9. You’re boring as hell: Ferrets are champions at having fun and if you don’t know how to party with them, forget about it.