Ferrets sleep with you

Information on keeping ferrets

Ferrets are highly social animals, which makes observing their interaction with one another a real experience. Ferrets sleep most of the day (approx. 13-18h), but they are very active the rest of the time. Ferrets play with each other a lot and very wildly. It is typical that they chase and jump at each other, sometimes "mucking" or "squeaking". Through these speech sounds they express their joy in playing. The owner is also often asked to play.

 

How should ferrets be kept?

Ferrets shouldn't be kept in a cage,Ideal would be a ferret room or an outdoor aviary (10 m² for 2 ferrets, insulated sleeping houses, concrete floor, burglar-proof). Of course you can also keep your ferret freely in the whole apartment. Regardless of how you want to keep your animals, the environment must be made “ferret-proof” so that the animals cannot run away or injure themselves, especially windows and doors. So that the ferrets don't get bored, they should be offered some activity options - cat toys, dump boxes with balls, empty surprise eggs, leaves, laundry, tubes, scratching posts, etc. Cuddly caves, hammocks, sleeping tunnels, blankets, small wooden houses or cat beds are suitable for sleeping. Only a few ferrets are house trained, but you should still offer several cat boxes.

Ferrets, like every animal, have their own odor that you have to deal with. One should also accept that ferrets are very headstrong, bright and stubborn fellows.

 

How should ferrets be fed?

Ferrets have a short gastrointestinal tract, so they need to eat food every 3-4 hours. In terms of nutrition, it is important to ensure that the ferret eats enough easily digestible proteins, a lot of fat, few carbohydrates and no sugar. Fruit and vegetables are suitable as treats. In pet shops you can also get high quality wet and dry food for ferrets. Dry food should be offered to ferrets ad libitum. Fresh water must always be available in sufficient quantities.