Features Of The Content Of Ferrets At Home
Ferrets are real predators; they hunt birds, rodents and various animals in nature. Nowadays, it has become fashionable to get these animals. How the ferret will behave at home depends on the conditions that will be created for him.
Where to keep a domestic ferret?
These quick-witted predators are not too difficult to care for, but you need to decide on the place of its permanent dwelling and the possibilities of movement around the premises.
It must be remembered that in nature such animals live in holes, so you need to protect it from possible dangers. If the room has various gaps between the furniture and the walls, as well as nooks, any ferret will certainly try to get into them and just get stuck. Breeding ferrets at home requires restricting access to such places.
Free conditions for the ferret to stay indoors
The dimensions of the ferret are comparable to small cats, and the active lifestyle characteristic of the predator requires a lot of space and freedom for movement. Living with people, ferrets are perfectly tamed. They love affection and are sociable. Such an animal can easily be accustomed to the toilet tray. Both in nature and at home, these animals are very clean. The ferret does not like dirt and debris in the room where he lives.
These domestic animals can easily gnaw some wood paneling, furniture or shoes. Willingly they gnaw plastic and rubber.
Constantly care must be taken to ensure that the balcony doors and windows are closed when the animal is in the room, even if the mosquito net is pulled over them. This nimble little ball can easily get out of the window or slip through the window, gnawing through a plastic net.
Such restrictions become unacceptable for many breeders of such nimble animals, so many prefer to keep the ferret in their cages.
Option of living in a cage
For such a mobile you need a big cage. Its dimensions should allow this animal to move and run quietly. This cage should not restrict the freedom of movement of the animal. The content of the ferret at home in the cage.
In his "home" should be:
- "House" of the animal;
- a bowl of food;
- drinking bowl for water.
The "house" of the animal should resemble a hole where it lives in nature. In this structure, the ferret could quietly hide from human eyes. It is desirable that it has a small maze of boxes or plastic pipes. In this "structure" all this should be placed freely so that the animal can unfold in them. The floor in the "hole" must be covered with rags so that the dwelling reminds him of natural conditions. The total area of the cell should not be less than 1 square meter.
It is better to purchase a cage from a building grid, and not from longitudinal rods. Trying to gnaw these rods, the animal can break its teeth. Even if ferrets live in a cage at home, then they should be released at least once a day to “run” around the room for a couple of hours.
Sometimes, for the maintenance of these animals allocate a separate room or porch. This is the most acceptable option, both for humans and for ferrets. In such conditions, it is possible to carry out the reproduction of these animals. So far, Ukraine has very few apartments in which the owners could allocate free space to accommodate such an animal.
Ferrets are very companionable and lively animals. They love hide and seek or catch-up. If a person does not have enough time to pay attention to such an animal every day, then it is better to start them in a couple at once. In these conditions, animals can play with each other. Otherwise, the animal may get bored and even get sick from a lack of movement and attention.
You should limit the access of this nimble inhabitant to the kitchen, since he can easily jump onto a burning stove, climb the table and enjoy some foods. It is necessary to hide all indoor plants, as the ferret can easily overturn them or break a pot.
Having played enough, you can sleep.
Hygiene and care for ferrets
Ferrets at home do not require special care. For them, like ordinary pets, standard hygiene procedures are required:
Even if the domestic animal does not climb the curtains or does not “dig” the pits, it is necessary for him to periodically trim the claws. In nature, these growths grind on their own when digging holes or climbing trees. Indoors, too long claws will prevent the ferret from moving. He can cling to a soft pile of carpets or coverings, sometimes this can lead to dislocation of the paw. This procedure is carried out at least 1 time in 3 weeks.
I must admit that such animals stink quite unpleasantly if they are not bathed periodically. There are many swimming enthusiasts among ferrets. To clean the skin, you can use special shampoos that discourage unpleasant odors. You can also use ordinary baby shampoos for washing. After water procedures, the coat must be dried by wrapping in a towel. Swimming the animal can be carried out twice a month.
Some animals love to be combed, especially during molting. For these purposes, you can use ordinary combs for shorthair cats
Such care for ferrets will help preserve the health and activity of these animals.
The basis of the diet of this predator should be meat. It can be either raw or boiled chicken or turkey. Well, such animals eat offal (kidneys, heart or liver). From time to time, you can add fish (boneless) to the menu, as well as low-fat mutton or beef.
Lunch in the form of dry food.
These animals need to be fed at least 7 times a day. Do not be afraid of too frequent a regimen, this small animal eats at a time no more than a third of a standard bowl (for cats).
Parenting a ferret
The same trays are purchased for these animals as for cats. To the animal accustomed to the tray, you need to take some feces and stain a new animal toilet. Such a smell will attract a ferret, and he will quickly get used to his tray. If such a pet freely “walks” around the house, it is possible that in the beginning such trays stood at different angles in different rooms. This animal does not crap where it sleeps or eats.
To wean an animal from biting, you need to warn him at the very first bites by clicking on his nose with a newspaper and a loud shout. For several times, the ferret will understand that this cannot be done. Education methods are selected for each individual individually, depending on his habits and character.
Taking care of such a brisk animal and looking after it, you will get a great pet. He will delight you with his amusing behavior for a long time.