By L. Vanessa Gruden
Ms. Jill, meet Mr. Hob. Sir Gib, may I present Miss Sprite?”
We probably needn’t consult Emily Post about the best way to let your ferret meet new people and pets; I doubt she’ll have much to say. But we can offer you tips and pointers when bringing a new ferret into your home.
A New Home
Moving your new pet from the store or shelter and into your house is the first introduction. You’ll be showing him or her around its new home, letting it explore, and teaching it where the food and litter spots are located.
Do a thorough search before you let your new pet out of its cage or carrier to be sure the environment is safe for it and that valuables are safe from little ferret noses, toes and teeth.
Limit a new pet’s area to one room at first. Letting a small animal loose in the average five to seven room apartment or house can be overwhelming. The ferret will be excited but confused by all that space. And a ferret can get so tired exploring that it uses the nearest corner for elimination. If you let a ferret into one room at a time, you have a better chance of it learning the spot you choose for “rest” facilities.
**For the full article, pick up the 2009 issue of Critters USA or click here to buy the issue.**