How To Cut Ferret Claws
Basically, caring for this nimble and playful animal at home does not cause much difficulty. But there are some points that I would like to pay special attention to. Cleaning the ears and trimming the claws – this will have to deal with the owner constantly.
What for? In the wild, the ferret, like most members of the marten family, lives in holes. They dig burrows with the help of powerful claws on their forelegs, working with them like an excavator bucket. In the process of digging a mink, the ferret’s claws naturally gradually grind. At home, the ferret does not have to deal with construction – the owner provides housing for him, but the laws of nature are inexorable and claws continue to grow. Over time, they become so large that the ferret himself is no longer happy. Claws interfere with movement, become entangled in tissue, and may break. Therefore, the owner should cut the claws of the ferret.
How? The ferret’s clipping procedure itself, at first glance, may seem very troublesome and require special skills. Technically, the operation is very simple, but the concentration of attention and patience should be maximum (especially the first few times).
To trim the grown claws, you can use ordinary forceps from a manicure set or a nail clipper, the main thing is that the tool is sharp enough, otherwise the cut will be fuzzy and this will lead to delamination of the claw.
If there is no one to help (the two are easier – one holds the foot, the second cuts the claw), then you can resort to tricks. Before starting a scary one, both for the animal and the owner, the execution, lubricate the ferret’s stomach with his favorite treat (pasta, butter) and while he is happy to lick the tasty one, you can safely cut the claws.
You need to cut the claws at an acute angle (30-40˚) and only the keratinized part, otherwise you can damage the capillary on the claw (it is clearly visible under the nail plate). Carries out such an "operation" preferably not more than 1 time in two weeks.
After several such cuts, the ferret will take the whole procedure, like a game, and there will be no hassle in the future.
How to clean ferret ears
What for? The ferret’s ears also deserve attention. A healthy animal with good immunity has no problems with the ears, and if the cage contains several ferrets, then, as a rule, they themselves monitor the hygiene of the ears. But, as they say, "He saves – God protects." At least once every two to three weeks, you need to carefully examine the ears of your ward. In a normal state, “sulfur” in the auricle is brown. It is designed to protect the ears from bacteria and various microorganisms, so frequent cleansing of the ears can do more harm than good.
How? It is necessary to clean the ferret’s ears only from the outer part of the outer ear and in no case try to get as deep as possible – there is a risk of damage to the eardrum. If you don’t have any special means for cleaning the ears of animals, it’s best to do the whole procedure with a simple dry cotton swab. It is undesirable to use oily or alcoholic solutions: some clog pores, others dry the skin, but both break the microflora in the auricle.
If, at the next inspection, the owner finds a heterogeneity in the color of earwax (it will have dark inclusions), an unpleasant smell of the substance itself, and before that it was also noticed that the ferret is trying to scratch his ears or rub them on the carpet – you need to sound the alarm. It is possible that an ear mite appeared in the ear of a universal pet. This, of course, is not fatal, but you need to respond promptly – consult a veterinarian and undergo a full course of treatment.