Ferrets are fun and interactive animals. Ferrets can be a great pet to own, but there are things to consider before adopting a ferret. Ferrets require a big time commitment. You will need to play with your ferret daily and spend a great deal of time ferret proofing your home. Your household should also be compatible with a ferret. Ferrets may not get along with young children and smaller pets. Also, consider cost. Ferrets can be pricey to adopt and purchase, and also come with a variety of medical requirements. The following is a checklist to decide if you are ready to make a ferret part of your family.
1) Think about the time commitment of ferret-proofing your home: Before you get a ferret, you will need to spend a great deal of time setting up. You will have to run many errands gathering supplies, and then take an afternoon to assemble them in your home. In the event you move, you will have to repeat the process. Be honest with yourself about whether you have time for ferret proofing.
2) Ensure you have enough time to play with a ferret: Ferrets are social animals. They will not be happy if they don't have time to play with a human companion. A ferret is, by no means, a hands off pet, so make sure you can dedicate adequate time to playing with your ferret.
3) Remember that ferrets require training: Litter training is important for a ferret, as you don't want a ferret having accidents around the home. Also, ferrets must be taught proper behavior. You will need to dedicate time to training your ferret not to bite and scratch.
4) Keep cleaning time in mind: Ferrets have a litter box that must be changed daily, like a cat's litter box. You will also need to periodically clean their cage. While these are small chores that do not usually take long, keep them in mind when thinking about time. Every core needed to keep a ferret adds up, and you should not adopt a pet unless you can commit to all aspects of its care. This can include ear cleaning, nail trimming, teeth brushing and bi-annual bathing.
5) Remember a ferret's lifespan: This is especially important if you're purchasing a younger ferret. Ferrets don't live as long as some pets, like smaller dogs and cats, but their lifespan is not brief. Ferrets live between 6 to 10 years. You do not want to adopt a ferret if you will potentially have to give it up in a few years.
6) Costs of care: Between the cage, accessories, food, treats, toys, litter, and other items, your ferret could cost a large amount of money upfront. Make a list of all the things you will need to buy and add up the total cost. This will give you a sense of whether you can truly afford a ferret in the present moment.
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