Top Tips to Help Keep Your Ferret Happy and Healthy

  1. Feed your ferret a premium ferret or premium kitten food (only if ferret food is not available).  Make sure the food you choose contains at least 34% protein and less than 2% fiber.  Make sure that meat is the first ingredient on the list of ingredients on the back of the bag.  Avoid any ferret foods that contain dried fruits and vegetables.  Remember, ferrets are strict carnivores!  Suggestions:  Totally Ferret, Zupreem, Iams Kitten, Eukanuba Kitten.

  2. Give your ferret meat based treats or fatty acid supplements as treats.   Give your ferret cooked chicken, chicken or turkey baby food, chicken livers, cooked egg,  and chicken or turkey flavored cat or ferret treats.  Do not give your ferret fruits and raw vegetables as treats.  Raw vegetables and fruit can cause intestinal blockages in ferrets.   Remember, ferrets do not have a cecum and cannot digest fruit and vegetable matter.

  3. Give your ferret a one-half inch ribbon of hairball remedy a few times a week during non-shedding seasons, and a one inch ribbon daily during shedding season.  Be sure to give your ferrets the hairball treatment at least one hour after they eat.  Don't give your ferret hairball remedy right before he or she eats a meal.  Remember, hairballs can and do cause stomach and intestinal blockages in ferrets.  They can't cough up hairballs in the same way cats do.

  4. Take your ferret to the vet for yearly check ups and vaccinations. If your ferret seems sick, is vomiting, lethargic, pawing at his or her mouth, losing fur on the tail or in general, or is not using the restroom or having diarrhea, take it to a veterinarian immediately. Ferrets can get very sick very quickly and these are all warning signs for a potentially serious health condition. Don't wait it out!

  5. Play, play and more play! Have interesting, safe play activities for your ferret to do (tunnels, boxes with small balls or dirt to dig in) and give your ferret hours of playtime outside of the cage everyday. Hold your ferret frequently and engage in the fun! Ferrets are social animals and want to be a part of your life.

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