How to train ferret

Hey! Today we’re going to look at the perfect way to let your ferret settle in a new home and be discovering how to train ferret litter box skills.

So what should happen when you first get your ferret home?

Of course you should never let a new animal loose in your home. Let it get acquainted with its surroundings from the protection and comfort of its cage for as long as it takes until you consider letting it room free throughout your home. You will also need to teach them how to use a ferret litter box as well.

Any tips on how to train ferret litter box behaviors?

Depending on your ferret and how much time you devote to litter training most ferrets end up using the litter box about 75% of the time. There are ferrets that will use the litter box every time but, with most, you might find a “present” in the house from time to time. Ferret Litter training can take several hours a day for several months. That can often be the first thing to realize when it comes to learning how to train ferret litter box skills.

I know you cover how to train ferret extensively in your ebook, but how easy is it?

The more attention you devote to it, the more likely you will know how to train ferret. The best way of approaching how to train ferret litter box skills in is to allow your ferret to run around a small room like a bathroom first. Typically, ferrets will go within a few minutes of waking up or after they eat. So, when your ferret first wakes up, put it in the ferret litter box. Don’t let it out until it has gone to the bathroom. Once it has gone, immediately give it a treat. The object is to try to get it associated with going in the litter box, then receiving a treat.

I know some people use a reward and punish method. What’s your take on this?

You should never physically punish a ferret for any reason especially if they have an accident in the house. Using physical punishment will only make them fear you and they will not associate what they did with that kind of punishment. If you would like your ferret to be able to run around the house, you will have to be prepared to do a little cleaning up after them as well.

Any other considerations?

Something else you will need to do before your ferret is allowed to run free is to “ferret proof” your home. Ferret proofing means making your home safe for a ferret. They are small and curious creatures. They will find their way into small spaces. A good rule of thumb is that if their head will fit into a space, their bodies will too. Start to ferret proof by first crawling around your home on your hands and knees to look for small holes, crevices, loose ventilation covers, etc. You need to check every room your ferret will soon be exploring themselves.

What should you be checking for?

Don’t forget to include appliances in checking for small holes or places that ferrets can get inside of. Because ferrets are curious creatures that are extremely good climbers, anything can be a potential “play area” for ferrets. Ferrets will be able to get up into some types of refrigerators and could potentially get hurt on the fan. The dryer tubing looks like a really fun tube for a ferret. They can rip a hole in it and get outside through the vent. Couches can also be potentially dangerous for ferrets. Some couches have thin fabric lining underneath that ferrets can easily get through and up inside of the couch to the springs.

So safety first?

Some ferret owners would love to have their ferrets to be able to get extra exercise by running around their homes. But, the most important thing for your new ferret is for you to be able to offer your ferret a safe place to run. The real key to ensuring a ferret has a great life is not in considering how to train ferret skills, but how to train ferret owners skills instead.

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 Housing

Most people get so excited to go buy a ferret and bring him or her home, that they forget this crucial step -”ferret proofing” their homes! Ferrets are wonderful pets as I have said before, but they are very curious and some have destructive habits. Spending a few days getting your ferret housing in order can save you a lot of time and hassle later.

Ferret Housing: Holes! – Anything bigger than 4 inches square. Especially holes that can lead into an heater or appliance of any kind – washer, drier, refrigerator, etc. You can block openings with mesh like chicken wire, just make sure it is securely attached. Be sure to check for holes that lead into your walls near the floor boards. Check the interior of closets and cabinets (check under sink near pipes) as well – ferrets are perfectly capable of getting inside these.

Ferret Housing: Upholstery – Ferrets will rip a hole in the mesh cloth lining the bottom of a box spring and the underside of your couch (also underneath the seat pillows.) In both cases you will want to block access. You can replace the flimsy fabric, take the feet off your couch, or add a layer of well secured wire/wood with holes drilled in it. Just make sure that whatever you add allows the normal flow of air as otherwise your bed and couch will not be able to compress as designed.

Ferret Housing: Cabinets and drawers with dangerous objects inside – no  open chemicals. You can try child proof locks but many people find these will actually open a little bit before they catch, allowing your ferret to sneak inside.

Ferret Housing: Plants – Some house plants are poisonous if consumed.

Ferret Housing: Anything your ferret can try to eat – plastic shopping bags, paper, electrical cords, small objects, anything chewable…many of these kind of items will appeal to your ferret but can result in harm – poisoning, electroshocks, or indigestible blocks in the digestive system.

Ferret Housing: Water – full bathtubs, buckets of water, open toilets, etc. Ferrets can climb in but most cannot climb back out.

Remember, the key to successful ferret ownership is learning how to keep your ferret safe and protect your home and property from unintentional destruction. Ferrets are very smart and curious. Ferrets also have an unbelievable to get into just about any small space – in fact ferrets are prized vermin hunters for this very reason! Unfortunately, ferrets have no way of knowing that they just ate something harmful for them or valuable to you. This is why taking the time to “ferret-proof” your home can be very valuable.

Owning a Ferret

So before you consider owning a ferret home here’s five things you need to know…

1). Have the right home for them

If you’re considering owning a ferret first you must choose a home for your ferret. Keep in mind this is the place your ferret will spend most of their time so it should be a comfortable, safe place with enough room for your ferret to run around in. Make sure there are no gaps in the different levels because this may catch your ferret and hurt it. The cage should always have soft bedding, so that your ferret is comfortable and does not hurt itself. Plastic bottom cages are easy to clean; metal bottoms rust and look dingy after multiple washings. It is important if you buy plastic coated metal that your ferret is not chewing the coating off because this can cause intestinal blockages. Make sure the cage has multi layers, and large doors. Again we don’t want the little fellows getting stuck!

2). A happy home needs a happy bed

When owning a ferret have you considered where they will sleep? You see a great home isn’t a great home without somewhere to sleep. You also need to purchase a sleeping sacks and hammocks. The more areas your ferret has to sleep the more comfortable and happy they will be. Remember ferrets sleep 15-20 hours a day on average. However don’t let them oversleep and be under-stimulated; your ferret needs to spend two hours a day outside their cage. Think about ferret proofing a room so they do not get hurt.

3). Get them some welcome home toys

Your ferret will also need toys, but be careful in what you purchase; some toys can place your ferret’s life at risk. Make sure toys are durable against the ferrets sharp teeth. Cat toys are wonderful for ferrets. Stay away from foam or plastic toys they are easily destroyed. Do not leave toys in the cage if you are not supervising them; if your ferret damages a toy and eats the piece it can result in an obstruction and it will need to be surgically removed.

4). Get the Vet ready

Ferrets are part of the Mustelid family so they do have an odor to them, it is best that you schedule an appointment with your veterinarian to have your ferret neutered and de-scented. Often both procedures can be done at the same time. When your ferret is home make sure you follow the veterinarian’s aftercare instructions to ensure your ferrets health. Owning a ferret also means ensuring they get the vaccinations and regular exams they need. Most kits have only had their first series of shots, you should make sure you are aware of when they received their shots, and continue the series. After the first series of distemper shots are finished your ferret will only need the shot annually. Ferrets also need their booster vaccination.

5). Ferret food for hungry ferrets

The type of food you feed your ferret is important make sure it is either high quality cat food or a ferret food that is not made from frozen meat. You should find out what brand food the ferret has been eating before you bring it home. If you choose to switch brands you must wean the ferret off the old food. Mix a small amount of the new food in with the old food and gradually increase the portion of new food daily until the ferret becomes used to the new taste. Snacks for ferrets are not necessary and can cause many future health problems. If, when owning a ferret, you choose to feed your ferret a snack, healthy options are cook eggs and meat. Feeding your ferret sugary treats will only harm them.

Ferret Beds | Ferret Hammocks

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.