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Ferret (Mustela putorius furo)

Experience Level: Advanced

ferret in habitat

Ferrets

Did you know? The English translation for the scientific name for Ferrets is “stinky thief”. Ferrets do have a very strong body odor due to scent glands used to attract mates. They have also been known to steal food and children’s toys.

Step 1Choosing a Habitat

Housing
• Ferrets are social and can live in groups or pairs.

• Your Ferret needs a well-ventilated home with a solid floor, large enough for a (A) food dish and (B) water bottle/bowl, and a hiding house.

• Minimum size is 30x29x18". Multiple Ferrets require a larger cage.

• An appropriately sized home will allow separate areas for eating, sleeping, exercising and eliminations. Multilevel homes are preferred since they provide additional space for exercising.

Cage Placement
• Place the habitat in a cool 65-75º F (18-24° C), low humidity area, out of direct sunlight.

 

Step 2Play and HIde

Hammock
• Ferrets enjoy designated sleeping areas such as their own hammock or tent.

Play Toys
(C) Ferret tunnels, (E) hard plastic toys and cloth toys are readily accepted by Ferrets. Chew toys should be available in the habitat at all times.
• Soft rubber and foam toys must not be given to Ferrets.

Play Time
• When outside of the habitat, your pet can enjoy exercise in a Ferret-proof pen or walks on a leash.
• Ferrets must not be allowed to play in mattresses or cushion seats as they may accidentally ingest foam or rubber.
• Ferrets should not be allowed to play with dogs or cats.P

 

Step 3Bedding

Bedding
(F) Many Ferrets can be easily litter trained. A triangular litter pan should be put into a corner of the cage and away from food and water dishes.
• Litter pans can be lined with 3-4" of clean pine, aspen or recycled paper products.

• Cedar shavings are not recommended for Ferrets.

• Litter pans should be spot cleaned daily and bedding completely changed once weekly.

 

Traits and Behaviors

Social
• Ferrets are very inquisitive and outgoing and will bond strongly with their Pet Parents.

Entertaining
• Ferrets will have a distinctive hop when they are playing and vocalize their excitement by chirping.

Sound Sleepers
• Ferrets sleep and normally will not awaken even when picked up and carried around.

HEALTH
New surroundings and environments can be stressful for pets. Prior to handling your pet, give her 3-4 days to adjust to her new surroundings while monitoring her behavior for any signs of excessive stress or illness.

THINGS TO WATCH FOR
• Cloudy, sunken or swollen eyes

• Bare patches in the fur

• Diarrhea or discolored droppings

• Straining to urinate

• Lethargic behavior

• Weight loss; not eating or drinking normally

• Sneezing; discharge from the eyes, nose or mouth

If you notice any of the signs described above, speak with a PetSmart store associate or small animal veterinarian about the health of your pet.

PETSMART CARES
Pets purchased at PetSmart are part of our exclusive Vet Assured™ program; a program designed by PetSmart veterinarians to help improve the health and well-being of our pets.

The program includes:
• Specific standards our vendors agree to meet in caring for and observing pets for common illnesses.

• Specific standards for in-store pet care.

• The PetSmart Promise: If your pet becomes ill during the initial 14-day period, or if you’re not satisfied for any reason, PetSmart will gladly replace the pet or refund the purchase price.
 

ferret in habitat

HEALTH

New surroundings and environments can be stressful for Small Pets. Prior to handling your pet, give her 3-4 days to adjust to her new surroundings while monitoring her behavior for any signs of excessive stress or illness.

THINGS TO WATCH FOR

• Cloudy, sunken or swollen eyes

• Overgrown front teeth

• Bare patches in the fur

• Diarrhea or discolored droppings

• Lethargic behavior

• Weight loss; not eating or drinking normally

• Sneezing; discharge from the eyes, nose or mouth

If you notice any of the signs described above, speak with a PetSmart store associate or small animal veterinarian about the health of your pet.

PetSmart Cares
Pets purchased at PetSmart are a part of our exclusive Vet Assured™ program; a program designed by PetSmart veterinarians to help improve the health and well-being of our pets.

The program includes:
• Specific standards our vendors agree to meet in caring for and observing pets for common illnesses.

• Specific standards for in-store pet care.

• The PetSmart Promise: If your pet becomes ill during the initial 14-day period, or if you’re not satisfied for any reason, PetSmart will gladly replace the pet or refund the purchase  price.