By Erika Matulich, Ph.D.
Congratulations on making the decision to invite a ferret into your home. Ferrets make terrific pets. But like all critters, ferrets need proper care to ensure a happy, healthy life. Attention must be paid to your ferret’s home, diet, grooming and playtime needs.
Your Ferret’s Home
Ferrets should be kept indoors in cages when they are unsupervised, but need to be let out for plenty of playtime each day. Your pet’s cage should contain a litter box, bedding, food and water dispensers, a solid floor and hiding places. Ferrets do best in a wire mesh habitat that provides plenty of ventilation. It’s also nice to have a washable pan or tray at the bottom to keep things neat.
Regarding size, a cage for one ferret should measure 2 feet by 2 feet. Double the size for two ferrets, or add another story for each new ferret. Bigger is always better and makes happier ferrets.
Water Bottle & Bowl
Ferrets need constant access to fresh water, so a no-drip water bottle for the cage is a must. Place a bowl beneath the bottle to catch drips. Whenever your ferret is outside of the cage, provide a bowl of fresh water for it.
Some ferrets prefer to drink water from bowls, and your pet’s water bowl can be incorporated into playtime as well. Try a heavy bowl or crock that won’t tip over, and watch your ferret splash around and have fun.
**For the full article, pick up the 2008 issue of Critters USA or click here to buy the issue.**