The Ferret Channel

        Ferrets, ferrets, everywhere…they are all over my floor, clawing at the door, and always, and I mean always, reminding you that they are just letting you use the things in your possession, they really are theirs after all!  The only true pet that gives its owner the housebroken benefits of the cat (with an occasional experimentation with bathroom repositioning) and the playfulness and curiosity of a puppy. These little thieves steal your heart and also a few other accessories such as socks, pizza crust, shoes, furniture, and just about anything that they can get their little teeth or claws on.  Each little critter has its own distinct personality, from the shy mischievous thief, to the crazed kamikaze daredevil.
        They are a happy medium for the animal lover that wants something different or has allergy problems with cats or dogs.  They're also currently the third most popular pet in the country, besides the dog and cat, of course.  The starting rate for a young ferret is around $100-$120 for a pet quality ferret.  When purchased at a pet store they are usually already fixed and descented.  They are a large commitment; they require a minimum of an hour out of the cage a day, the price of their food can add up, they need yearly shots (rabies and distemper), and other possible vet visits.
        Here's a checklist of things you'll need when purchasing a ferret:
  • Large Wire Cage (preferably two or more stories with ramps)
  • Water Bottle
  • Food Dish (one that can be secured to the cage to avoid tipping)
  • Food
  • Hammock(s)
  • Bedding (towels, old shirts, sheets, blankets...)
  • Litter Box
  • Grooming Supplies
  • Toys (nothing rubber or able to be chewed apart by ferret)
        Be sure when you purchase toys for your ferret that they can not be chewed up and eaten by your ferret.  Keep an eye out for damage to any toys and replace them when necessary.  Also, be sure to "ferret proof" your home before bringing your pet home.  Check for any holes that they could get stuck in or escape from, any hole that their head can fit in, they can get through.  Keep ferrets away from recliners, they can easily get crushed in them.  Most of all, have fun with your ferret !!!  Play games with them as much as possible, they love to interact with people.  They are very smart animals and will bring lots of laughs and love to your home.

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Heather Kain.

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Last Updated: October 29, 2001

All information is from my personal experience and research only, if there are any questions about the care of your ferret, you should contact your veterinarian.