Owning your first pet can be a confusing and expensive endeavor when you are unsure what you actually need. A ferret is a fantastic pet with very specific needs. These intelligent creatures need ferret food made for their sensitive systems, ferret toys they won’t choke on and a large but safe enclosure where they can run around and sleep in comfort. Usually the pet store where you find your new pet will offer a variety of options to meet all of these needs.
For new pet owners, one of the downfalls can be the desire to buy all the extras at one time. You want to provide the best for you new pet, don’t you? The pet store owners know you feel this way and may try to create extravagant pet packages that will leave you overwhelmed. Beyond the basic needs your pet has right off the starting line, the really good pet shop personal will suggest you purchase a how to guide on caring for your ferret.
Think first in terms of basics: what does a ferret eat? How does it get access to water? Where does it sleep? Where does it go to the bathroom, and how do I clean it up? and What are it’s needs for play and exercise? If you do your research ahead of time all these items will be easy for you to find and recognize. Take a good look at the location you intend to put your ferret home to be sure you know how big your cage can be. Sometimes when at the pet store new pet owners fall in love with the big, extravagant homes with all the fun colors and levels for a ferret to enjoy. Once bringing the cage home, it is discovered that the intended location is simply too small for the large habitat. You may think how small it appeared to be at the store if this happens. Remember the store is a huge warehouse and you don’t live in a space like this. Take measurements when in doubt.
Choose only special ferret food to feed your new pet to ensure he remains healthy and active. It is very easy to feed your pet foods that can actually be poisonous to him if have not done your research. Toys can also be dangerous for your little playmate if they are not designed specifically to meet his needs. Ferrets like to chew on things, and small plastics may get stuck inside their digestive system causing them great pain and a slow death that can leave you heartbroken and wondering what went wrong.
Buying a new pet can be a fantastic experience, be sure you know what you are getting into before actually purchasing the ferret. The best idea is to purchase everything you need from ferret food to a home, toys and treats and get them set up in your home just as you would if you were having a child join your family. Then when all is ready, go pick up your new pet and welcome him to your home in comfort.