Ferret Disease

Being alert too symptoms of sickness enables you to get treatment faster.

We will be looking at the most prevalent ferret diseases and what might happen if your ferret does get sick. Of course if you notice anything unusual seek advice from your Vet as soon as possible.

Let’s take a look at some common ferret diseases and there related symptoms…

Ferret Disease 1 – Epizootic catarrhal enteritis (bit of a mouthful) This is a viral disease that’s particularly common in North America. Common indicators: Little energy, greenish excrement, having no appetite.

Ferret Disease 2 – Diseases of the endocrine system Often caused by a tumor that is affecting the adrenal gland. Common symptoms: Being sick and diarrhea, drop in body mass, Black stools.

Ferret Disease 3 – Digestive system problems Ferret diseases of the digestive tract can often come from improper feeding. Using a good nutrition and dieting strategy will significantly help your ferret avoid digestive difficulties. More guidance on ferret nutrition is available here: Diet for ferrets Common symptoms: Looking dazed and salivating more, seeming weak, lack of responsiveness, struggles to pass urine (esp. Males)

Ferret Disease 4 – Lymphoma This is a cancer in organs such as bone marrow, lymph nodes, liver and spleen. Common symptoms: Swellings, weight loss, weak legged

Ferret Disease 5 – Parasites This will usually occur in two different ways. This can be either inside or outside, such as Heartworm or mites. Common symptoms: Scratching ears, ears containing brown residue, seeing ticks or mites on your ferret, diarrhea, Mucus stools

If you see any of the above symptoms, or any unusual symptoms for that matter, it’s important to get your Vet’s advice as soon as possible.

And after that? A vet will check your ferret and try to find out what’s wrong.

Common ways of diagnosing ferret diseases

Many of the ways commonly used to diagnose ferret health problems are the same as those used with humans. Your animal health specialist has a number of ways to diagnose, such as testing bodily fluids, using X Ray scanners, and ultrasound machines, as well doing a hands-on check-up. If your ferret turns out to be sick then your Vet will inform you of the recommended treatment

Common types of treatment for ferret diseases

If you do have a sick ferret your Vet may use a number of interventions to help them. These include using medication, surgery, radiotherapy or chemotherapy, or good old rest and heal approaches.

Some ferret diseases are more common than others. Being early to spot signs of illness is crucial, you should then be able to take action in the way so your ferret get’s good help. Ferret Care and great ferret dieting is an absolute must when it comes to long-term ferret health

How to train a ferret

So your wondering how to train a ferret?

Well your ferret will rely on you for guidance as to what to do and what not to do so this is really important.

Think about like this, when you were little you would have had a parent or someone looking after you who would have informed you of what was right and what was wrong. How would you known that caring for animals and looking after them was a good thing rather than neglecting or ignoring them like other people do? You have to learn it somewhere right? Whether it was from someone else or through experience.

Well ferrets are exactly the same. Their mums will usually tell them the best way to do things and how to do them. Well guess what? You are now their mum, at least when it comes telling them where to go to toilet, how to behave, what not to bite and so on.

So when learning how to train a ferret there is an old field of psychology called behaviourism that has been used for years and years to teach animals how to behave that you need to be aware of. Behaviourism is a way of rewarding your ferret when they do something you want them to do, like going to toilet in their litter tray, and punish them when they do something you don’t want them to do. How this is important…

Punishment should not physically hurt your ferret. It’s a just a reminder not to do something. This may be a tap on the bum to get their attention, taking something away, or a strong verbal command such as ‘NO!’. And of course a reward might be a tickle, affection or treat.

Now sure animal trainers use behavioral techniques to train animals to do the most impressive tricks. However when considering how to train a ferret we’re mostly interested in helping your ferret to behave in a way that keeps them happy and healthy. This includes where to go to toilet so that it can be cleaned out easily, not to bite or nip so you can play and bond, and not to do things like chew wire cables.

Now the absolute key when it comes to how to train a ferret is…


You have to be consistent! If you ferret does something that you want them to do or don’t want them to do you have to let them know it everytime until they start doing it as a habit. If you reward or punish them sometimes and other times don’t bother they will often get confused and be unsure what it is you want. Also you want to reward or punish immediately your ferret behaves in a certain way. Leave it too long and they won’t know what they’re being guided to do. Being consistant is how to train a ferret.

Also it is important to note that some people won’t train their ferret as they feel guilty not letting them do what ever they want. This is really rather silly. You wouldn’t let a baby play with a knife just because they wanted to, and you shouldn’t let your ferret do something that will affect their health and happiness and your relationship with them in the long term.


Ferret Litter Training

I am going to talk through the important task of ferret litter training, this is so important because it can affect a lot of other things, so lets get to it and learn some ferret litter training techniques!

The difficulty with ferret litter training is that some ferrets can pick it up so quickly that it is like you said to them, this is where you mess, now keep it in there please and they replied “ok”, where as some other ferrets need a lot of constant attention and repetition, even after years they may have the odd accident over the edge of the litter tray.

– Select a floor for your ferrets to mess on.
– Use objects in the corners you do not want your ferret to mess in.
– Leave a little bit of their mess in their litter tray initially to let them know where they should mess.
– Keep their litter tray away from their food or water.
– Ferrets generally mess farthest away from their food or water, so keep this in mind.

Ok so those are some very basic but expert techniques to get you started with ferret litter training, the important thing to remember is constant attention and repetition with ferrets, some of them can forget so easily, so remember to help them as much possible.

Another thing to consider when ferret litter training is to make sure you purchase the correct litter pan or tray, some ferrets will not mess in the litter pan if it is not easily accessible, so try to get a corner shaped one with one short edge. Some ferrets will go into a litter pan with tall edges all around, this is perfect if they do as the chances of them getting mess on the outside or spread the litter about is reduced quite a lot.

When placing your litter pan you need to try and get it into a position which is not easily movable, ferrets love to find out where stuff comes from! So they will try and move the litter pan and dig under it, so if possible get one that attaches to the side of the cage, these are perfect for those curious ferrets!

Without ferret litter training you will have a cage that is extremely messy and dirty, it will affect your ferrets health, the smell of the room, it will not be easy to clean, it can permanently damage the cage, it can do so many things that it is always worth while teaching all of your ferrets to mess in the litter tray.

Ferret Games

Ferrets love playing games! It’s a fact. Sure they can can be sleepy animals, but when they’re up and about they can be great fun and you’ll need to be creative to keep them entertained. So today I want to share with you a few fun ferret games you can play to keep them playful and happy.

So Let’s dive in and look at five ferret games that you and your ferret can have great fun with…

Ferret Games No. 1: Ferret hand hunt

This is one of those cute little ferret games that you can play with the minimum of fuss. Grab a treat, let your ferret get interested in it, and put both hands behind your back. Hold it behind your back in one hand and quickly bring both back in front. Let your ferret sniff and play to work out which hand it is in. Give them a pat and a tickle when they get it right.

Ferret Games No. 2: Ferret Lucky Dip!

Grab a large box of ping pong balls, tightly screwed up paper balls, or old rolled up socks. Now fill a bid tub (like a baby bath or garden bin up with them and hide some treats inside the tub. Let your ferret dive in and dig around and find his rewards!

Ferret Games No. 3: Ferret fishing for treats

Grab a stick like a piece of cane our bamboo. Tie a string to it and tie a treat to the other end (Like a ferret chew stick). Now you can dangle it in front your ferret, lead them around, and watch as they enjoy chasing after their favorite treat.

Ferret Games No. 4: Hide and Go treat

Grab a load of hidey hole type of ferret friendly objects. This can include loo rolls, plastic tubing, roll nest, cardboard boxes and so on. Layout them to form a cluster of possible hidey holes, nooks and crannies to create a little ferret village. Now hide treats and watch as your ferret explores and searches for their playtime snack.

Ferret Games No. 5: Ferret-ferret bounce-bounce

Ping-pong jump attack. This is one of those ferret games that some ferrets will absolutely love while others will take it or leave it. Grab a ping pong ball and get your ferret interested in it. Now bounce it up and down on a hard surface (wooden or tiled floor) and see your ferret jump, hop, and grab after the ball. Loads of fun.

These are five ferret games that you can use bond and play with your ferrets depending on their personality. Some ferrets like slower paced ferret games that require them to work things out, where as others prefer boisterous ferret games that require high energy.

Ferret Health

Ferret health is the most important aspect of ferret care, the healthier the ferret, the happier the owner, that is my philosophy anyway, I would rather a healthy ferret than a cool cage or something else which is purely materialistic. Of course a decent cage goes into helping have a healthy and happy ferret.

If you are worried about ferret health when getting a ferret then remember that prevention is better than cure, meaning find yourself a ferret vet before you need them rather than when you need them, if something horrible does happen then knowing exactly where to go or who to call quickly is going to be very very important.

Ferret health can be helped by feeding them an excellent diet, for more information regarding this why not checkout our ferret diet page below, some of the main things to feed your ferret is a specific food designed and produced purely for ferrets.


There is so much to consider when looking at ferret health, you need to make sure they do not have anything dangerous in their cage, this can be extremely important because ferrets are so curious and can get caught in places they should not be caught.

Ferrets love to be curious and wander about into the worst places possible, so ferret proofing your room where they have been kept is extremely important.

Here are my top tips for ferret health.

– Find a ferret vet before you need one.

– Wash your ferret when needed.

– Always keep their cage and living area extremely clean.

– Provide them with an excellent diet.

– Ferret proof everything.

Using these top tips you can help to provide an amazing home for your ferret whilst keeping them extremely healthy.

Ferrets love treats and they are one of the few animals which can be over fed, they constantly need food so always remember to have their food bowl topped up at all times, they have such a quick metabolism that they will burn the food off almost instantly, unlike tortoises who have a metabolism of months!

A long with feeding a ferret correctly you need to make sure they always have water as well, they need water all the time so it is recommended to have a water bowl and a water bottle, if you can only have a water bottle ferrets can be trained to use a water bottle so it is no problem.

Remember not to have your ferrets out in the direct sun light as they do not cope well in directly sun light and can suffer from extreme sun stroke.

The final note is to always have fun with your ferret, a happy healthy ferret is the best pet anyone could possibly own!

I hope this has helped you in your quest for a friendly happy ferret, if you require any further information sign up to our free essential ferret care guide to the top right.

Ferret Odor

One of the most important aspects or characteristics of odors is their smell. This odor comes from its glands that it has throughout the body and that produces a characteristic unpleasant smell substance.

The objective of that smell, is not other than to indentify each other, and thanks to that smell, they can distinguish themselves and know who is who when they live in a group.

Are the anal glands causing the bad smell?

On the anal glands (also called anal sacs or perianal glands) there is a lot of bad information circulating on the Internet and animal stores.
It is usually said that the cause of the bad smell is the anal glands and that if it is operated the odor problem is solved. But this is not true, they are NOT the cause of the bad smell.

The characteristic smell of ferrets comes from a series of glands that are distributed throughout your body and that produce an oily substance with an unpleasant odor. The purpose of this substance is none other than to identify each ferret with his personal brand. Although it may seem to us that all ferrets smell the same, this is not the case. Each ferret has its characteristic smell that other ferrets can distinguish.

This fragrant brand is a signature with which the ferret points out which is its territory to other ferrets.
Unlike other animal species, the glands that cause this unpleasant odor are not perianal, located at the base of the tail, but are distributed throughout the body surface at the subcutaneous level.
How can we avoid the smell of ferrets?

The answer is in no way. There are ways to reduce the odor of ferrets, but you can never make it disappear completely, the only option is to make this smell as less intense as possible. There are several ways to reduce the smell intensity of ferrets, which must be used together to achieve maximum reduction

Clean your cage
Each day, wipe the surface of the cage with a cloth, to eliminate the body odor of the floor ferret and the floors. It is advisable to clean the cage daily, or every 2 days, at the most.
And every 5 days or once a week at the most, do a thorough cleaning of the cage cleaning all the floors, tubuganes and toys that our ferret can have inside the cage. Almost always he usually smells more the own cage than the ferret, so it is important to keep it always clean. If we keep the ferret’s cage clean, we will reduce the smell a lot.
Have your toilet clean
We have to remove the feces and pipi of our ferret from our ferret every day. It is even recommended twice a day. You can do it by getting up in the morning and last hour of the day.
This is something that is done relatively quickly and we eliminate the first odor focus from the cage.
Clean the ears of our ferret
The ears of our ferret can also smell a little when they have a little accumulated wax. The cleaning of the ears should be done every 15 days at the most, being recommended every week in ferrets that produces a lot of wax.
The cleaning of the ears
It is very important, not only because of the smell, but because if we let our ferret accumulate the wax in their ears, it could suffer some infection in the ears.
Bathe our ferret
This point, contrary to what many people think, is the least important point to consider. It is clear that our ferret has to be bathed, and as we have seen in the article How to bathe a ferret? at most once a month. But if we take into account the previous points, although we have bathed our ferret, a few days will return to smell like before the bath, so we say it is less important than the rest.

There are other aspects that also tend to influence the smell, such as heat. The whole males and females (not castrated), when they enter the heat, give off a greater smell than during the rest of the year. This smell is much greater in males during heat

Ferret Biting

Ferret biting is one of the most talked about subjects when purchasing or caring for your ferret. It can be a difficult situation to love and care for your ferret if the reaction you receive from them is biting, it naturally feels aggressive and can really make the owner feel sad or even scared when handling their ferret.

The best way to deal with ferret biting is to be as positive as possible and always have fun, if the situation is made to be negative this is when your ferret will get scared and decide to bite, also remember your ferret does not have the same use of hands as we do, they lead with their mouth just like dogs do, you have to be patience with them.

Just remember your ferret does not mean to hurt you when they bite, they may be scared, curious or even playful, ferrets to play very rough with each other, they just need to learn that it is not acceptable with mummy or daddy.

Let’s take a look at the keys to overcoming ferret biting…

  • Never strike your ferret on the nose, this will create a negative atmosphere and your ferret will be scared.
  • Always create a positive fun atmosphere for your ferret.
  • When you see your ferrets body language start to change and it makes a dash for your feet, grab a toy and put this in the way as a barrier, yay its fun time with mummy or daddy!
  • Some people like to try bitter apple if their ferrets are extremely difficult to train, this is down to personal opinion.
  • If your ferret bites you can shrug them by the neck, holding their bottom and give a firm NO!, this will train them biting is not acceptable.
  • Another technique to show dominance when ferret biting occurs is to gently drag them across the a carpet, this is what ferrets do naturally to show dominance.

The difficult part with ferret biting is that you must remain determined and focused, always be alert to how your ferret is reacting and make sure they do not get the chance to bite, if they do bite then use the two techniques above. Ferrets are extremely curious creatures and one of the times they will bite is when they want to be put down to explore, this will be countered with shrugging or showing dominance.

Just remember after some weeks of training you will have your ferret friendly loveable and no longer nipping at your hands, some ferrets will take longer to train out of the biting, but eventually if you persevere they will love you as much as you love them!

I hope this has helped you in your quest for a friendly happy ferret, if you require any further information sign up to our free essential ferret care guide to the top right.

Ferret Harness

Ferrets are naturally curious and love the outdoors, the best way to let a ferret wander about and have some fun is to get them a decent collar and ferret harness set. This set should be safe and comfortable whilst making sure the ferret has the least possible chance of escaping, some ferrets will be able to escape out of anything! I would highly recommend a ferret harness over a collar, but collars can be great to attach the ferret harness on to.

I love taking my ferret for a walk, so I have several harnesses which I use, each for a different ferret!

A ferret will easily find their way out of even the best harness / collar, they are so clever and if they can fit their head through a hole then they can get through it, this is where the problem with harnesses comes in, as you need to have the harness over their head to begin with.
One of the most important things when looking for a harness or collar is to check if it is safe for ferrets, you do not want to buy a harness or collar for a toy dog or something similar, it needs to be produced specifically for ferrets, that is a good rule to live by when dealing with ferrets, because they are such a unique and lovely pet. Ferrets will glady walk over the grass for a little while, but remember they are very prone to heat stroke so do not keep them in direct sunlight, which may be difficult when walking them outside, generally walking them near a fence or later in the day will be better for them as the sun will not be beating down quite as much. Ferrets love cosy things so try to get a harness that will make them enjoy wearing it, if they enjoy wearing it they will be less likely to try and get out of it!

A Harness and Collars can be a very difficult thing to purchase when you have your first ferret, here are a few key points to remember:

– Make sure it is produced specifically for ferrets.
– Get a safe harness or collar before a cool harness or collar.
– Try to think about the type of ferrets you have, if they are quick you might need a very secure harness, if they are lazy then not so much.
– Comfort is very important.
– Get one that the ferret will enjoy wearing, not what you will enjoy looking at.
– You can get a stylish harness once you have consider the previous points.

Ferret Tunnel

Today I am going to be talking through the various kinds of ferret tunnel or ramps you can look at either producing yourself or purchase online. One of the great things about ferrets is that they love to explore and are so curious, they especially love a ferret tunnel because they will want to know what is at the end of them, even if it is just the same room or another level in their cage they still love the journey through the tunnel. When considering any kind of ferret product it is important to get a product built specifically for ferrets or produce one your self which you know will be very safe for them, some

products that are built for other animals may not be suitable for ferrets so it always best to be safe before getting something that looks really good (Nothing wrong with getting something safe that looks cool as well of course!) If you are interested in a ferret tunnel then have a look at one of my favorite websites especially for tunnels below, using this guide is one of my favorite ways to get hold of ferret tunnels or ramps. I personally use the ones in this guide when arranging my ferret cage.

If you are looking to create your own ferret tunnel or ramp then one of the best things to use will be plastic drain pipe/guttering it is perfect size for your ferret, if you do use this make sure the edges are not sharp, sand them down and also because they are slightly slippery you will need to make sure the angle of the pipe is not very steep or your ferret will not be able to climb up it! The great thing about a ferret tunnel you build yourself is that no one else will have them, but also you can build them around your ferret, no one knows more about your ferret than you!

Ferret Shampoo

I am going to go over one of the most difficult things to select whilst purchasing products for your ferret, Shampoo!
Some people say washing your ferret will make them smell, some people say washing them makes them smell cleaner, I am going to run through facts a long with my personal opinions on ferrets and shampoo.

First of, ferrets can smell worse straight after being washed, this is due to their sweat glands secreting a stronger scent whilst either being anxious or excited when they have their bath or are washed with shampoo. Something a lot of ferret owners like to do is wash their ferret in purely water which is said to help them in being clean whilst not generating as bad a smell when they have been washed. The smell does not last long and ferrets love to be clean, this is why a specialised product such as a ferret shampoo can be excellent for their health, I will run through some of my favourite ferret shampoo products for you.

Marshall Tea Tree Oil Ferret Shampoo

This is my personal favorite when selecting a shampoo, the smell of it is lovely whilst not being offensive to ferrets, they love to have baths and play with their owner, ferrets are also very clean animals, they do not like to be dirty, they enjoy being clean. This shampoo on average is about $7 to $12′s, it will last a long time even if you wash them regularly. As all ferret shampoo products it is specifically produced for ferrets which is excellent, my ferrets seem to enjoy a good bath with it any way!

Fancy Ferret Coat Brighter Shampoo

This product can range from around $5 to $8′s which is cheaper than the Marshall ferret shampoo, it is an excellent product and one I would highly recommend, I have used it several times and my ferrets do enjoy it, although they seem to enjoy the Marshall ferret shampoo more. It is made for lighter colors so be aware with your dark ferrets that this is probably not the best product to use, but an excellent ferret shampoonone the less.

Fancy Ferret Creme Rinse

I have never personally used this product, but a lot of my ferret friends have used it and recommend it for darker ferrets as it helps to protect their natural coat with chamomile. It looks like a great product and in the future one I will definatly be using on my ferrets to see if the Marshall ferret shampoo has a contender for my ferrets favorite ferret shampoo. This product retails similar to the shampoo before at about $5 to $8′s.