Have you ever thought about owning a ferret?
You might think that ferret owning is the preserve of older men in flat caps (!), but increasingly they are becoming very popular pets, thanks to their playful and funny personalities. If you have the time and energy to devote to ferrets they make very entertaining and loving pets, although they do need careful handling and taming at first, and a commitment to consistent daily care and attention.
We stock a number of specialist ferret products in our zooplus online shop, including quality dry and wet foods from James Wellbeloved, and a selection of treats including TuniFrett Salmon Paste, Cosma Snackies and Thrive snacks. This little guy in the picture just can’t wait to get at his dinner!
Ferrets need lots of distractions to keep them from getting bored, but in return you’ll get to watch hours of rough and tumble play. You can try providing them with a small cat tree to climb, ramps to run along and tubes to run through. These clever animals also enjoy ball toys and intelligence toys. To help you to bond with your ferret, and encourage them to interact positively with humans, they need careful handling every day. You can use this as an opportunity to groom them and keep your ferret looking well cared for.
In their daily lives, ferrets need lots of exercise and stimulation, so any housing that you buy for them should take this into account, and give them enough height to rear up on their hind legs, as well as platforms at different heights so that they can climb and explore. Given that they are keen explorers, they also have a tendency to escape from unsecured enclosures! Make sure that any housing or runs you buy is made of metal and resistant to chewing. You can make it cosy by providing plenty of litter and bedding materials, or hay.
For more information and tips on owning a ferret, click here. Alternatively, good information is available from the RSPCA, Blue Cross and other animal charities.