A ferret is a mammal, small in size, with an average weight of 1 – 5 pounds. Ferrets are relatives of the European polecat and their technical name is Mustela Putorius Furo. Their true genetic title is: Order Carnivora; Genus Mustela; Family Mustelidae. They are believed to have been domesticated for over 2,000 years and were known to be favored by royalty.
Ferrets live in a cage, in homes and apartments everywhere, sometimes with other house pets. They should not live out in the elements and should never be left to roam freely if no one is home! Most ferret owners have a double or three-tiered cage. A larger cage allows one level for sleeping, one for eating or playing, and one for their litter box.
They sure do! A ferret can be trained to use a litter box, much like a cat. Ferrets do not like ‘dirty’ boxes, and, as they do not cover their droppings, a clean box is a necessity.
You bet! Ferret owners are all ages. There are many advantages to owning a ferret -- just ask a ferret owner! They are curious, intelligent, cuddly, furry companions that will win your heart. They bond quickly with their owner and other house pets.
The best way to learn about ferrets is from ferret owners themselves. There are several books written by ferret owners that give clear, factual information on such things as handling, grooming, behavior, litter training, and ferret-proofing, your home or their play area, as well as other useful tips and information. Another excellent means of information is your local ferret club, rescue or shelter group. If it’s not convenient to attend meetings, many offer excellent newsletters with health tips, medical information, and fun events. The web is also a great source of ferret information. We recommend you start at www.totallyferret.com.
Ferrets have a musk odor that is not unpleasant. Pet ferrets are neutered before you buy them from a pet shop or breeder, reducing their odor. Feeding foods that have little to no fish or fish meal in them will also serve to reduce body odor, such as Totally Ferret®!
All pets require supervision during an introductory period with other pets. Ferrets are curious by nature and very playful. Just as large birds could be dangerous to the ferret, small birds or rodents may not be the best choice with your ferret.
Children who are not familiar with a pet should not be left unsupervised. Your ferret will naturally defend itself if it feels threatened. Poking fingers and/or objects will frighten any animal. Teach your children how to hold a ferret, gently, by the scruff of their neck or cradling the ferret. Limited, supervised, play periods are important in order to allow both the ferret and the child to feel comfortable with each other.
If you purchase your ferret from a pet store you may see two blue dots on their ear. The first dot identifies the ferret-breeding farm. The second dot tells you that it has been spayed/neutered. If you get your ferret from a reputable breeder or pet store, you can be assured it has been spayed/neutered. If you get your ferret from a shelter or rescue, the responsible person there is educated in providing you with this information, plus answering many other questions you may have.
Indeed they do! Ferrets require both rabies shots and distemper shots. As a ferret owner, it is your responsibility to provide the necessary vaccines your pet requires. Be wary of anyone that tells you one shot is good for the life of your ferret! Another important responsibility is to find a veterinarian that likes ferrets and has good medical knowledge regarding their treatment. This alone can give you peace of mind.
Ferrets are carnivores, even more so than the cat. And, as a carnivore, they require meat as their primary protein source. We recommend a high protein, high fat, low carbohydrate diet like Totally Ferret®. It contains three high-quality protein sources and the high level of fat needed to keep your ferret happy, healthy and alert! Totally Ferret® is a whole food, complete and balanced to contain all the necessary vitamins and minerals your ferret requires. It is considered a low-carb, hypoallergenic diet and no supplements are advised or recommended. You can feel safe and content that you are giving your ferret the very best in nutrition!
Cats' primary ingredient is fish. Ferrets require animal protein. Totally Ferret® main ingredients are chicken by-product meal and egg. Fiber levels for cat foods are 3.0 or higher while ferrets require 1.5 in Totally Ferret® Cats have a caecum for higher carbohydrates and fiber levels. Ferrets have no caecum and cannot digest these high carbohydrates and fibers. Most important - cat foods are not nutritionally tested for ferrets. Totally Ferret® has been tested, proven nutritionally, and recommended by veterinarians.
The Chicken by-product meal used in all Totally Ferret® diets comes from a human food processing plant where it is processed under strict USDA controls, which also comply with the new EU food processing standards. The meal is made by cooking the chicken at low temperatures to prevent damage to the protein as well as to make it more digestible to the ferret. It also removes the moisture and sterilizes the meal for safe and easy storage. Our meal contains only the highest quality organ meats, plus both light and dark chicken meat. These are of the highest quality and most palatable protein sources available to us for carnivore animals and it is essential in meeting the ferrets' required amino acid needs.