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 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.

Ferret Facts

The Ferret Fact Sheet

Hey all, I have found an awesome list of facts, these should entertain your children or even yourselves for a long time. I had a quiz with my children to see who get the answer correct! There were not a huge amount of correct answers but everyone had fun, ok here they are I hope you enjoy them as much as we did!

  • A male ferret is called a hob.
  • Young ferrets are called kittens or kits.
  • Fuzzies are pure carnivores!
  • A female ferret is called a jill.
  • Ferrets need vaccinations against canine distemper.
  • Ferrets have relatively poor eyesight.
  • The Latin name for ferret is Mustela Putorius Furo.
  • Fuzzies have a keen sense of smell and hearing.
  • Ferrets are very playful, and are very entertaining to watch.
  • Ferrets have an average length of roughly 20 inches.
  • An average ferret litter is 6 – 8 but can be up to 12!
  • Ferrets can live up to 8 years, sometimes longer!
  • Little Fuzzies will attempt to get through any gaps, anywhere!
  • Hobs (Male) Can be twice as big as Jills (Female).
  • Ferrets are one of the most curious pets!
  • Fuzzies have been domesticated for over 2,000 years!
  • Bathing a ferret too much actually makes them smell worse!

Ferret facts are all over the place, the most interesting thing about ferrets is that there is a huge amount of knowledge available about them, that because they are not a constantly discussed topic among every body unlike other animals, there is some very awesome ferret facts that a lot of people do not know about, they are related to the skunk family which is why they have that wonderful smell about them, hehe. If you have any of your own facts that you would like to have on our facts page, then please email them into us so we can add them to our website, fuzzies rule!

Ferret beds

Most adult ferrets sleep on average around 18-20 hours a day. Now that’s a lot of sleeping! So it’s really important that your ferret has the right choice of comfortable ferret beds to sleep and hide in. This often means having a standard bed as well as a ferret hammock.

Why do they need both? Well when you’re asleep on a hot sticky night you might kick the covers off of use a light blanket. If your room is cold and chilly you may find snuggle down and wrap yourself up to keep warm and cozy. The same hold true for ferrets.

It’s a good idea to we ensure there are two types of beds available to them in their cage. This way they can choose the place most comfortable for them to enjoy some refreshing sleep in. Ferret hammocks are essential for healthy sleeping patterns. If a ferret is uncomfortable while sleeping it disturbs their sleep and your ferret will not live a healthy life.

Lets take a look at the two types of ferret beds. One choice is a more standard ferret, known as a nap sack which lies on the floor of the cage and provides some extra warmth. Ferret beds are often great for longer sleeps.

However there is a second choice that we need to think about, known as a ferret hammock. A ferret hammock is suspended in mid air and provides a pocketed space, which allows your ferrets to enjoy a secure, partially open, comfy sleeping space. As you may now if you’ve been around the site for long, ferrets are very sensitive to heat, so ferret hammocks provide a cooler alternative to a full ferret bed. Ideal for when they’re napping and lounging around. Ferret hammocks come in a variety of shapes, sizes and materials.

Now if you own more than one ferret then purchasing a large ferret hammock can be great. They sleep multiple ferrets at the same time and ferrets love snuggling together while sleeping. Some hammocks are flat looking others are boot shaped; other hammocks have a zip front to be adjustable in the size of the opening. Hammocks provide more area for a ferret to utilize. They can also be used as a safety feature that provide steps for the ferret to gain access to a higher level of the cage, and prevent long falls.

It is important to make sure that any ferret hammock or sleep sack purchased is machine washable to prevent the spread of disease. A tightly woven fabric is more durable and safe. If a hammock or ferret bed begins to fray or seams separate, you should remove it from the cage. Once a ferret hammock is damaged it becomes a hazard to the ferret. When purchasing a ferret hammock make sure the hardware provided is safe for your ferret. If the ferret hammocks you buy need special fixings that are not provided, make sure they do will not be harmful to your ferrets. .

It is a great idea to purchase both ferret beds and a hammock for your ferret. Ferret beds provide a warm, cozy place for those colder nights and longer sleeps. Ferret hammocks provide a safer environment, it put less pressure on the ferret’s body, places them in their natural sleeping position keeping them feel safe and happy, and it gives them a separate area to utilize for play.

Ferret diet

Until the middle of 1980’s premium cat food was the only choice for feeding pet ferrets. High quality cat foods are still okay to feed ferrets, but presently there are numerous choices of ferret foods on the market that provides the higher-quality fat needed, as well as lower content of carbohydrates. Ferrets need this combination of fat and lower carbohydrates in order to achieve a maximum life span.

It is especially important that a baby ferret receive this type of diet. When purchasing look for products that have at least 35- 40% protein and 18-30% fat, 2% fiber, need to contain 21 amino acids, less than 7.0 % ash level, and good carbohydrate ingratiates such as rice flower or brewer’s yeast. Also, take into consideration some ferret foods are made with poorly processed frozen fish, and your ferret will not eat it. Some ferrets are so finicky they will refuse to the point of starvation. High quality ferret food is usually more expensive than higher quality cat food, but ferrets eat minimal amounts of the food, which brings down the overall cost. Ferrets that are feed with healthy diets do not need to take supplements.

A ferret has to eat at least twice a day in order to gain the calories needed to sustain a healthy life. Remember ferrets are small animals so their portions should be small too. If they are fed a moist ferret diet the food is only good for about forty five minutes, soon after the food should be removed. You might also want to consider a dry pellet diet. A dry pellet diet is longer lasting and can be left in the cage all day. Dry pellets also help to clean the ferret’s teeth. Ferrets on dry diets must have fresh water all the time. Ferrets prefer to drink from a dish rather than a water bottle, but if water is given in a dish it should be changed a few times a day to ensure purity.

Giving your ferret treats in not a necessity, but can be useful with housebreaking your ferret. Cooked eggs and meats are the best choice of snack. Avoid fruits they are high in sugar, candy, dairy products such as ice cream and milk, nuts and nut products; these products will cause nutritional problems. Some health problems include malnutrition, obesity, tooth decay, diarrhea, intestinal blockage, insulinoma, and hypoglycemia. Treats may also cause your ferret to refuse its normal daily diet, so use treats sparingly. They do not digest vegetables or grains well, so those should be avoided from the ferret diet at all cost. Onions are poisonous to ferrets.

Providing a high quality ferret diet is essential for a healthy life. It will ensure your ferret is happy and comfortable; it also minimizes the risk for serious life-threatening illnesses. Ferret owners have a reputation of showing an ample amount of love and affection towards these funny and frisky pets but, the best way to show love to your furry little critter is to reward them with a good ferret diet.