All About the Fantastic Pet Ferret
Did you know that New Haven Pet Hospital offers the same excellent care you’ve come to know for your dogs and cats to the pocket pet community? While we could never choose between all of the amazing species that we see, ferrets hold a special place in our hearts.
Learn how these magnificent mustelids have weaseled their way into our favor as we spotlight the fabulous pet ferret.
The pet ferret is, in fact, a member of the weasel family as you may have suspected. They are closely related to other animals such as badgers, mink, and wolverines.
These friendly and curious creatures enjoy interacting with people and can make great pets. Many people aren’t familiar with the pet ferret, however. They are really very interesting critters. You might be surprised to learn that:
- Male ferrets are called hobs and females called jills
- Baby ferrets are called kits
- Ferrets weigh about two to five pounds
- They can live up to ten years
- Ferrets are sleepy heads, slumbering up to 20 hours a day
- They love to explore and are often talented escape artists
- They are carnivores
- Ferrets like to steal and collect random items
These mischievous little animals have quite the big personalities. It’s easy to see why our staff is so endeared to them.
The Pet Ferret
While you may want to run out and add a pet ferret to your family, you need to stop and do a little research. As with any pocket pet, understanding what goes into properly caring for a ferret can help you to determine if one will fit well into your home.
Consider the following:
Your family — As adorable as ferrets are, they are not for every family. They like to nip, making them less favorable for homes with young children. They also require a lot of supervision to keep them out of trouble and need to have their nails trimmed and coat cared for. Ferrets also have a distinct odor that is not for everyone.
Social needs — Ferrets are quite social and need to have daily interaction with people. Many do best with another ferret to play with. Supervised exercise outside of their enclosure daily is a must. They are intelligent creatures and can be trained to use a litter box as well as other basic tricks.
Nutritional needs — Ferrets are carnivores and must be fed a high-quality commercially formulated diet specifically for them.
Veterinary needs — Even though they are small, ferrets can have big problems. They are prone to multiple health issues and are known for ingesting things that they shouldn’t. Ferrets also need to have annual wellness examinations, vaccinations for distemper and rabies, dental cleanings, and parasite prevention.
If you are thinking about adding a ferret to your family, give us a call! We are happy to provide you with advice and information about whether this pocket pet is a good fit for your home.