Have you recently adopted a ferret? If so, one of the most important things you’ll need to do is give your pet a great cage. Your ferret will spend a lot of time in his cage, so it’s very important to make it safe, fun, comfortable, and suitable. As your local Marion, IA vet, I am happy to offer veterinary care for ferrets. I offer some tips on setting up a ferret cage in this article.
A good diet is a crucial part of your tiny pet’s care regimen. We recommend getting dishes made of a heavy substance, such as ceramic, that won’t tip over. It may also be a good idea to secure your furry pal’s dishes to the side of the cage wall. The same applies for water bowls. (Note: some ferrets like to ‘swim’ in their water bowls. In this case, you may want to use a water bottle. This is fine, but make sure your pet will use it.)
Ferrets can get stressed if they feel too exposed, so it’s very important for your ferret to have a hidey-hole where he can get some privacy. Pet tents or sleep sacks made for ferrets are great. Your pet will appreciate having cups, hammocks, and tunnels as well. Your furry buddy will also need things to burrow into and snuggle up in. (Tip: old tee shirts can make great ferret beds.)
When choosing litter, there are several things to keep in mind. Avoid clay litters: they can stick to ferrets’ paws, noses, and eyes, and can cause dangerous intestinal blockages if ingested. Wood shavings are also best avoided, as the oils and dust they produce isn’t good for ferrets. Newspaper, recycled paper products, wood pellets, or corncob are all suitable options. Ask your vet for specific advice.
Ferrets are very playful. Be sure to provide your cute little pal with plenty of fun toys. Some good options are play pits, balls, stuffed animals, tunnels, and wand toys. Many cat toys are also suitable. Avoid anything that can be easily ripped or shredded, as well as small or sharp objects and items with dangling threads. Ask your vet for more information.
Do you have questions about caring for your ferret? Please feel free to contact me, your local Marion, IA vet, anytime! I am dedicated to providing excellent veterinary care.