Ferrets

Allie’s Pet Corner has a large variety of Ferrets. Give us a call, 585-427-0250, or come into the store to see our selection.

Cage: A ferret cage is where your pet will spend a good part of his day. You want to get the biggest cage possible, so there is plenty of room for sleeping, playing, and a litter box. The cage should be at least 36″ x 24″ x 24″, but the bigger the cage, the happier your furry friend will be. There are many commercial ferret cages available, and the best ones have multiple levels with lots of room to climb and play.They are social animals and enjoy being in the center of family activities so place the cage in a central location. Keep the cage away from heat sources, avoid drafts, air conditioner vents and units, direct sunlight and open windows. Ferrets do not handle excessive heat or very cold well. A good rule of thumb is if an area us unpleasant for you, it is probably not pleasant for your pet.

  • Bedding: A soft piece of carpet or rug can be used as bedding for the cage. Towels, blankets, or clothing can also be used as bedding for your ferret to sleep on. Be sure to remove all buttons or anything else attached to a piece of clothing. You do not want him eating something that will make him
  • Litter Box: The cage needs a litter box at all times. A box with a high end and low end works best with ferrets since it helps prevent bathroom accidents. Any commercial litter will work, but litter made from recycled paper is safe, clean, and good at absorbing odors.
  • Food & Water: Ferrets will play with food and water dishes making a mess in the cage. A stoppered water bottle that attaches to the side of the cage is a good way to prevent spills. A heavy ceramic bowl or a bowl that attaches to the side of the cage works well for food and helps prevent dumping. Be sure to keep the food and water close together since ferrets like to drink when they eat.
  • Sleep Area: Ferrets love cozy places to sleep. Hammocks are great, so are cloth tunnels and sleep sacks. There are a variety of different sleeping accessories available at pet stores.
  • Toys: Lots and lots of toys are needed to keep ferrets entertained since they have short attention spans. There are lots of ferret toys available so keeping your pet happy is easy. They like tunnels, chew bones, ping pong balls, playhouses, tents, and lots of other toys that will keep them from getting bored.

Food, Treats & Supplements

  • Food: Ferrets are carnivores and therefore require a diet that is high in protein. There are manyFood, Treats & Supplements
    • Food: Ferrets are carnivores and therefore require a diet that is high in protein. There are many commercial pet foods available designed specifically for ferrets. You can find dry food and moist canned food chock full of the protein he needs. Dry food is crunchy and helps your pet’s gums and teeth and will be his primary diet. Moist FerretFood can help with hairballs, but should only be given occasionally.

     

  • Ferrets can sometimes be picky eaters. Mixing multiple foods together can often solve this problem and may get him to like all the different types. Plus, having various types of food your pet enjoys sure you can always find something he will eat. You do not want him to go hungry because a store was out of his favorite pet food and he will not eat a different brand.
  • Ferrets have small digestive tracts and therefore eat small frequent meals every few hours. To fulfill these frequent meals, dry food should be available at all times. Ferrets also drink when they eat, so water should always be available. Keeping the food and stoppered water bottle close together will make your furry friend happy.
  • Treats: Variety is the spice of life, and this applies to your ferret as well. There are lots of different commercial pet treats available that he will greatly enjoy. You can also give cooked boneless chicken and meats as treats as well as meaty baby food. Chocolate, dairy products, sugary and salty foods should be avoided.
  • Supplements: Vitamin supplements make a great addition to a ferret’s diet. Even though a well-balanced diet should have everything he needs, you never know what exactly he is eating. If you have an overly picky pet, he could just be eating his favorite pieces of food and missing out on important A supplement makes sure your pet gets all the important vitamins and nutrients.

Other Information:

  • Grooming: Ferret shampoo and conditioner to keep your pets coat clean, healthy, and odor-free.
  • Safety: Since your companion will need time outside of his cage, you want to make sure your home is safe for him to run around and explore. Watch for rubber and latex items, sponges, and cleaning supplies. Baby locks are a good way to keep a ferret away from dangerousitems he may try to eat.
  • Your Home: Your ferret should be out of his cage as much as possible. It is unhealthy for him to be kept exclusively in a cage. Since your pet will be running, jumping, and exploring around your home, you want to make sure it is safe. You will want to make sure harmful items are out of reach or unobtainable. These items can include sponges, latex, rubber, cleaning supplies, pesticides and other toxic items. Keeping these items in a cupboard is not always good enough since ferrets are crafty critters and get into places you would never expect. Baby locks are a great way to keep your pet out of a place he is not supposed to be.
  • Collar: A ferret collar or harness with a bell added will be ahuge help when trying to find your companion. Your ferret can be quick, quiet, and sneaky. Having a collar with a bell makes him much easier to hear and track down.

Contact Info

Allie’s Pet Corner
750 Miracle Mile Drive
Rochester, NY 14623