Ferrets make for great pets as they are extremely lively, playful and easily tamed, but they need a lot of space and can be expensive to feed. Ferrets are much happier when kept with other ferrets so it is unkind to keep one ferret by itself. Both male or female ferrets from the same litter can live happily together.
Ferrets will live happily indoors or outdoors provided they have suitable housing with adequate shelter from extremes of heat or cold. There should be a dark, quiet corner with soft bedding, such as wood shavings or hay, to form a sleeping area as this will allow the ferret to feel safe and secure.
Litter trays should be placed around the enclosure to provide your ferret with toilet spaces.
If you are providing your pet ferret with an outdoor enclosure, newspaper or woodchip flooring is suitable.
Ferrets reach their sexual maturity by 6-12 months of age and ferret neutering and spaying is recommended for both sexes of ferret.
Entire male ferrets (Hobs) tend to be very aggressive towards other ferrets whereas female ferrets (Jills) are susceptible to developing aplastic anaemia ( deficiency of all types of blood cell caused by failure of bone marrow development ) if they come into heat and are not mated.
Entire female ferrets come into season in Spring and can unless she is mated by a male, she will continually produce hormones which can result in bone marrow suppression. The resulting anaemia can be a life threatening condition for a female ferret.
Spaying is a permanent means of preventing aplastic anaemia in female ferrets although an implant is also available which will suppress oestrus for up to 2 years.
Both male and female entire ferrets have a very distinctive musky smell which is an important consideration for those who would like to keep their pet indoors.
Ferrets should be vaccinated for Canine Distemper. This is a highly contagious disease with a high fatality rate. We can advise you on this at Moycullen Vet Clinic.
Ferrets can suffer from heat exhaustion if their cage or enclosure is left in direct sunlight. Should this happen, move your pet ferret to a cool, dark room and provide them with plenty of water.
Ferrets can also catch the human influenza virus so it is advisable to stay away from your pet ferret if you have flu. The lifespan of a pet ferret should be about 8 years.
As ferrets like to wander, consider having them micro-chipped to provide your pet with a permanent form of identification.
Should you require any further information on looking after pet chinchilla, please contact any of our team at Moycullen Vet Clinic and we will be happy to provide you with advice.