How to Care for a Baby Ferret

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How to Care for a Baby Ferret

You either love them or hate them, but a ferret makes a very cute pet for many people, especially children. As the owner of a baby ferret, (also known as a kit,) you have the opportunity to make their life a happy one. However, raising a ferret from the time it is born requires some dutiful attention to give it the best chance for a healthy and well-adjusted life. The broad selection of pet supplies listed on eBay can help provide you with all their needs for shelter, comfort, and nutrition.

 

Early Stages

A ferret's early life consists almost exclusively of eating, sleeping, and growing. Blind at birth with minimal hair and coloured pink, they spend about the first 20 days of their life beside their mother. The ferret's fur then begins to thicken and darken, and their eyes start to open. They can leave their mother at six weeks old.

 

Diet

The time at which you wean your pet from its mother makes an appropriate juncture at which to introduce it to new types of ferret food. You can do this gradually by incrementally mixing increased portions of other nutrition into their food at feeding time. Ensure that the food you choose contains approximately 20 per cent poultry fat and 35 per cent high quality protein. Refresh your ferret's water dispenser daily and ensure it never runs dry.

 

Health and Environment

At seven or eight weeks, begin a series of vaccinations and desex your ferret. A distemper inoculation can also help keep it healthy. As your ferret grows, it becomes increasingly active. You should keep it safe from harm in a clean and spacious ferret cage that features dark and quiet places to hide and sleep. Avoid cages with metal floors or plastic coated wires. Provide it with a soft cosy ferret bed. Periodically check that your ferret is not eating the bedding, as this blocks their intestinal tract. From the time you wean your ferret from its mother, encourage it to use a ferret litter tray in a consistently designated location.

 

Socialisation

Ferrets are highly intelligent domestic animals. As such, they expect and need a good deal of attention, affection, and play from their owners. Some ferrets are adverse to lots of physical handling and cuddling; others like it. If your ferret does not like you to carry it around, try gently stroking it whilst talking to it. If your ferret begins to bite, say no firmly. If you have other ferrets in the house that are older, allow your baby ferret to spend some time with them. Also introduce ferret toys to keep your ferret active and engaged.

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