The Playful and Inquisitive Ferret

Ferrets are very playful and fun – they are great exotic pets for adults and older kids.

Ferrets are Playful and Inquisitive Pets

Ferrets are unique animals from the weasel family. Ferrets are both playful and inquisitive pets. They have a long body with a flexible spine. Ferrets are very playful and fun – they make great exotic pets for adults and older kids! They should be kept in a big cage with a closed bottom and several layers to run and play. Ferrets love to hide and burrow in blankets, so provide a few un-frayed little ones to snuggle up in. Ferrets are also curious and want to explore everything! When they are out and about in the house, ferrets tend to find their way into anything and can get themselves stuck into areas where it is hard to get them out. Supervise them anytime they are out running around! 

Ferrets Need Annual Exams and Vaccines, Just Like Dogs and Cats.

Ferrets are carnivores. They need to eat a strict ferret diet that is high in protein. They should also have annual exams and be vaccinated just like our dogs and cats. Annual vaccines for ferrets include distemper and rabies. Just like any animal, some ferrets can potentially have a reaction when they first get their vaccines, so keep an eye on them for 24 hours after for extreme lethargy, vomiting, swelling, or trouble breathing and see your veterinarian right away if nay of these symptoms occur.

Ferrets May Require Some Special Care

Ferrets like to chew on things, and love rubber. They can swallow things, chew things up, or try to chew on cords. Because of that, they are at risk for shock injury or bowel obstruction/foreign bodies in the stomach of intestines, just like cats and dogs. Always supervise a ferret at play and keep things they could chew or swallow out of reach. Ferrets are also prone to certain diseases. Younger ferrets can get viral or bacterial diseases that can cause diarrhea and vomiting. When ferrets get to be senior citizens, they can get adrenal tumors or insulinomas that affect the pancreas. These can be life threatening if not caught quickly, so it’s best to keep up on vet visits.