No one can resist the adorable face of a ferret. With the appearance of living plush, it seduces many households every year. However, this animal with specific needs is not suitable for everyone. Before adopting a ferret, there are several things to consider. Let’s find out which ones …
The ferret, an intrepid curious little one
It should be known, the ferret is an incorrigible little curious. Eager for discovery, he likes to explore every nook and cranny of his environment. Intrepid, he is not afraid to go on an adventure, sometimes even without real awareness of the danger.
In freedom, the ferret will not hesitate to turn the house upside down. He can, for example, prick small objects from you, stick his nose in the cupboards or dive right into the middle of the laundry basket.
Despite its best efforts, the ferret is rarely completely clean. It therefore unfortunately sometimes happens to him to defecate everywhere, which necessarily does not please everyone.
You will understand, adopting this hairball requires a certain amount of letting go! If you are freakish or very fond of housework, it is certainly better to look to another pet.
Ferret: watch your fingers!
Impossible to suspect it in the eyes of his cute face, but the ferret can turn out to be a little biter. Indeed, before the age of 6 months, the ferret does not hesitate to nibble its master. It doesn’t really want to hurt him, but can cause real injury due to his sharp teeth.
Around 9 months old, with puberty, the ferret can also become more aggressive. In general, the ferret does not hesitate to defend itself with the help of its teeth. Sometimes all it takes is a sudden gesture to get your fingertip bitten by a ferret …
The ferret is therefore an animal that requires a lot of education. You will have to arm yourself with patience, firmness and gentleness to fully tame your little companion.
The ferret is therefore not suitable for young children. It is strongly advised not to have a ferret cohabit with a child under 7 years old.
It will also not suit people who tend to get angry easily or who do not have a lot of time to give their future pet. Socializing your ferret is not a sprint, but an endurance race. It is not a question either of entering into a balance of power, but of securing the animal by offering it an adapted, clear and precise framework.
How to prepare for the arrival of your ferret?
The ferret cage
First of all, be aware that a ferret cannot always live in a cage. He absolutely needs daily freedom. It will be essential to let it roam around the house for at least 3 hours a day. The less the ferret is locked up, the happier it will be.
The purchase of a cage for the ferret is still inevitable. In your absence, your ferret will be safer in its habitat.
Your ferret’s cage must be at least 1 meter long and 1 meter wide, as well as 60 centimeters deep. Pay attention to the spacing between the bars, which must not exceed 3 centimeters, at the risk of seeing your animal run away.
It is best to avoid plastic or plexiglass cages. These generally do not allow enough ventilation. Instead, opt for a metal cage.
The cage closure system must be relatively complex. In fact, the ferret, like the rat, is a particularly lively and intelligent animal. By watching you, he can easily learn to open his cage in the hope of exploring the surroundings!