Are you interested in adopting a very cute pet? A ferret may be a great option for you. These little balls of fur are very fun. However, they need lots of TLC. A local Las Vegas, NV vet offers a few tips on this below.
Ferrets are most likely the world’s most adorable thieves. They’re notorious for taking off with anything and everything they can carry. That includes things you may actually need, like cell phones, car keys, inhalers … you name it. Pay attention to where your pet likes to stash things. If you can’t find something, that’s the first place you should look.
Ferrets have very specific nutritional needs: they need frequent small meals, and their diets should be based mostly on meat, with a specific percentages of protein and fat. Ask your vet for a very specific list of safe and unsafe foods. Another thing to be aware of? Ferrets tend to get very, very fixated on their favorite foods. This may sound cute, but could actually cause big problems if your little buddy’s favorite food were ever to become hard to find. Offer a variety of things when your pet is still a kit.
Ferrets are very curious, and they’ll get into absolutely everything. That can be quite dangerous, as the average household contains many things that are unsafe for them. Keep anything that isn’t safe out of reach of those tiny (red) paws. That list includes anything small and sharp, plastic wraps and ties, anything with ropes and cords, chemicals, medication, and toxic plants. You’ll want to seal off openings behind and beneath furniture and appliances, as these little guys can get through small openings. (Fun fact, they’ve been used to run wires through pipes).
Ferrets need regular grooming. That includes brushing and bathing your tiny pal. It may take some training—and perhaps a bit of bribery—to get your furry friend onboard. Ear cleaning and nail trims are important as well. It’s worth noting that hairballs are a common hazard concern. Ask your vet about hairball preventative products.
Ferrets are susceptible to a few health issues. These include cancer, parasites, heart disease, particularly dilated cardiomyopathy; and tumors. They’re also a bit prone to eating things they shouldn’t. Keep an eye out for signs of sickness, such as behavioral changes, lack of appetite, weight loss, respiratory issues, lethargy, and diarrhea. Contact your vet right away if you notice anything amiss.
Please reach out to us with questions about ferret care. As your Las Vegas, NV animal clinic, we’re here to help!