Adoption Hand-Out Sheet
1) Foods; we feed a mix of the following ferret kibble:
Totally Ferret Active or Turkey, lamb and Venison , Wysong Epigen 90, Orijen Catfood, Wellness Core cat, Evo (ferret or cat) Nature’s Variety Instinct cat, Drs Foster and Smith, Marshall’s and make soup for sick ferrets from ground in blender Pretty Pets Natural Gold for Ferrets. * Be sure all are eating new food you introduce before discontinuing previous food. It may take weeks to get them to switch foods. Some never do. These are available @ Pet People, Ferret.com, 1800petsupplies.com, and some @ Petco. Raw food is preferred, visit Facebook group, https://www.facebook.com/groups/158560084258398/ for guidance.
2) Snacks: Ferretone, Wild Salmon Oil , Vivify, N-bones, Ferretlax or Vaseline for hairball preventative. NEVER feed raisins, fruit, nut, vegetable, dairy, commercial ferret snacks, or human sweet or salty snacks. Poopin Pumpkin (www.Rocky’firstname.lastname@example.org) is helpful for bowel issues. Plain canned pumpkin is useful for preventing bowel obstruction and can be fed alone or added to soup of chicken or turkey baby food.
3) Litter: we use hardwood stove pellets, 40 lb. bag from Menard’s or Tractor Supply. About $5.00. DO NOT USE CLUMPING CAT LITTER
4) Cages and carriers: Wire and mesh bottoms are hard on little toes and feet. Cover with a solid surface, such as sheets of vinyl cut to fit and secured with zip ties. These clean easily and are smooth to walk on. Ferrets love to burrow into a pile of blankets or old t-shirts. Goodwill or Salvation Army is a cheap source. I use ½ cup chlorine bleach in their laundry to keep it sanitized and fresh.
Be sure there are no bent or broken wires or closures in cage or carrier; they WILL find it and escape or hurt themselves
5) Toys: Ferrets love to explore and have great imaginative ways of playing with many household throw-aways. Cardboard boxes, tubes, plastic bags (with supervision), paper bags are all great and can be discarded when soiled. Old jeans or sweatshirts are places to hide, nap and store treasures. Avoid: any kind of foam, packing peanuts, flip flops, ear plugs, insoles and stuffed toys with pellets inside. Any small items they can ingest can cause an intestinal blockage which is frequently fatal.
6) Play area: We avoid kitchens and bathrooms; too many small spaces they can squeeze into that are potentially hazardous. Any opening over 1” is tempting for a get –away. They are as determined as they are inquisitive. Loose cords and cables can be hazardous; we like the spiral wrap for extension cords from most hardware stores—Menard’s, Home Depot and Lowes. Temperatures over 80 degrees are hazardous and can cause death.
7) Outside: We don’t walk our ferrets on leashes, but some people and their pets like this. Beware of your pet slipping his collar or harness and scampering away, never to be seen again. Ferrets that are outside will need to be protected against heartworm with monthly Revolution (also good for fleas, ticks, ear mites and a host of pests). Once again, temperatures over 80 are dangerous.
8) Poop: Monitor your ferrets’ poop daily as you clean up after him. Mucus, blood, tarry-looking or seedy poop are signs of illness; do not hesitate to call your vet. See chart…
9) Disease: Ferrets can catch many of the same diseases that humans do! They are susceptible to viruses and flu, so be very careful when you are sick that you wash your hands frequently and handle them as little as possible until you recover. Viruses can kill a ferret.
Use your Ferrets for Dummies as a reference, or email or call us with any problems you may experience. Happy ferreting!