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    How to Look After Ferrets

    Articlepet advice guidesTuesday 27 November 2012
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    Looking after ferrets is great fun; they make brilliant pets because of their infectious characters. Ferrets have short bursts of high activity then rest for hours before another session of play. The best thing about ferrets is they can adapt their schedule to fit yours and will always be ready to play when you are. This article will teach you the main pointers on caring for ferrets and give you some essential information on these lovely animals.
     

    Caring for Ferrets – Top Tips


    Ferret Food
    Making sure that your ferret has good food is very important. Ferrets eat between 7 and 10 meals per day as they digest their food extremely quickly. You should feed your ferret food that is high in protein (between 34% and 38%). Kitten or ferret food is usually good but avoid giving your ferret moist canned cat food as this can damage their teeth. If you want to give your ferret a treat then you can give them a teaspoon of fresh meats cut into little pieces.

    Ferret Cage
    The cage used for looking after ferrets should have a base lined with lino and newspaper over the top it should also have a water bottle. The cage should be big enough that the ferrets can run around and play. If you have one or two ferrets then the guideline size for the cage is about 18 by 30 by 36 inches and should have a first floor. Never let your ferrets run free unless supervised.

    Time Out of the Cage
    It is essential that you give your ferrets two hours of playtime outside of the cage every day. Before letting your ferrets out make sure that your house is ferret proof. If you decide to take your ferret out into the garden you will need to keep him on a lead.

    Ferret Health Care
    Have a vet look over your ferret and vaccinate him against rabies and canine distemper. You will also need to ask your vet about preventative treatment against heartworm, fleas and intestinal parasites. You have to have your ferrets spayed and neutered this is absolutely essential for female ferrets otherwise they can die from anaemia.

    Ferret Toys
    Ferrets love simple toys like cardboard boxes and tennis balls. Any toys that you give your ferret should not have any removable parts.

    Handling Your Ferret
    Pick up your ferret from behind, one hand under the chest and the other supporting the hips.
     

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