FAQs About Caring for a Ferret

Ferrets make fun and unusual pets for families who are looking for a companion other than the traditional cat or dog. Although ferrets have only become popular as family pets in the past 50 years or so, they have actually been domesticated for more than 2,000 years and they integrate into most households easily. If you’re considering adding one of these high-energy, playful pets to your household, here are the answers to some of the questions you may have about caring for your new ferret, from finding veterinarian care to picking the best food.

Do ferrets need vet care?

Just like other pets, ferrets do need veterinary care. Your veterinarian may recommend preventive care visits once or twice per year, plus regular vaccinations and flea and heartworm preventive medications. Ferrets should also be spayed or neutered between six and 12 months of age. This is especially important if you plan to have more than one ferret, but it will also protect even solo ferrets from health complications.

What do ferrets eat?

Ferrets need meat and animal fat in their diets because of their high metabolisms. Avoid ferret food that is fish-based. Despite the prevalence of this kind of ferret food, many ferrets don’t eat fish and it is not healthy for them. You should also avoid food that has high vegetable or grain content. Ferrets are picky and dislike stale food, so only buy enough food for a month at a time.

Are ferrets good pets for kids?

Ferrets tend to nip when they play, which can scare young children. Although ferrets can be trained to play gently, it is usually recommended that you wait until your kids are at least 12 before getting a ferret. With younger children, both the ferret and the child can be hurt during play.

Chastain Veterinary Medical Group offers exotic pet care in McKinney for ferrets, snakes, and everything in between, as well as your family’s dogs, cats, birds, and other animal family members. Schedule an appointment at our animal clinic by calling Meadow Brook Animal Hospital in McKinney at (972) 529-5033 or by calling Preston Road Animal Hospital in Dallas at (972) 239-1309.

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