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Basic Ferret Care

March 15 2019

Are you considering adopting a ferret? These little guys are very charming pets, but they can be a handful. In this article, from me, your local Marion, IA vet, you’ll learn about basic ferret care.


A good cage is a definite must. Choose a mesh or wire cage with a solid bottom. Ferrets love climbing, so I recommend getting one with multiple levels. As for accessories, you’ll need to add a safe substrate or bedding, some hammocks and pouches, dishes, and a water bottle.


A high-protein, meat-based diet is ideal for ferrets. If you can’t find ferret food, you can give your pet high-quality kitten food. Your vet may recommend changing foods regularly, so your ferret doesn’t get too ‘stuck’ on a single favorite. Ask your vet for specific nutritional recommendations.


You’ll need to let your pet out for playtime each day. Generally, your ferret will spend this time getting into as much mischief as possible, so some petproofing is in order. Remove, protect, or secure anything that could be dangerous, such as toxic plants; chemicals; medications; plastic bags and ties; wires and cords; and anything small or sharp. Seal off openings around doors and windows, and beneath and behind furniture, cabinets, and appliances. Ask your vet for more information.

Veterinary Care

Ferrets need regular veterinary care to stay healthy. Ask your vet to recommend an appointment schedule. At home, watch for signs of illness, such as reduced appetite or lethargy. Between appointments, you’ll need to clean your ferret’s ears, clip his claws, and give him hairball remedy. Ask your vet for specific advice.


Offer your playful pet lots of fun toys, such as rope toys, balls, stuffed animals, and other playthings. Your furry friend will also enjoy playing with some ordinary household items, like socks, paper lunch bags, and tissue boxes.

Sticky Paws

Ferrets may well be the world’s most adorable thieves. These guys will take off with anything they can carry or drag away. It isn’t uncommon for ferret owners to frequently realize they are missing keys, watches, coins, phones, earrings, pens, and/or remote controls. Keep anything you don’t want your pet stealing out of paw’s reach. I also recommend watching your ferret when he takes something, to see where his stash is.

Please contact me, your Marion, IA vet clinic, with any questions about ferret care. I’m here to help!