Ferret Care Basics

Are you considering adopting a ferret? These little ones can make really fun and cute pets! Ferrets do have some specific care requirements, however, so you’ll want to do some research before adopting one. A Simi Valley, CA vet discusses ferret care basics below.

Health Care

Just like any other pet, ferrets need proper veterinary care. Your furball will need annual exams and important vaccinations, such as rabies and canine distemper shots. At home, you’ll need to provide your pet with hairball remedy, and watch for any symptoms of illness, such as appetite, lethargy, and/or diarrhea. Contact your vet immediately if you notice anything amiss.


Ferrets do need basic grooming. You’ll need to make sure to keep your little pet’s ears clean. Regular nail trims are also important.


Make sure your ferret’s cage is nice and comfy, and offers plenty of room. We recommend a wire cage with a solid floor. Ferrets love to climb, so pick a cage that offers vertical space. Your ferret will need sleeping pouches and soft blankets, little hammocks and pet tents, water bottles, and food dishes. You can also include a litterbox. Avoid clay or clumping litters, as well as those made from hardwoods, like pine or cedar. Heat is dangerous to ferrets, so keep your pet in a room that stays below 75 °F. Ask your vet for more information.


Meat should form the bulk of your pet’s diet. If you can’t find ferret food locally, you can give your furry pal quality cat food. Ask your vet for specific nutritional advice, including safe and unsafe foods, serving sizes, and snacks.


It would be an understatement to say that ferrets are playful: they’re super frisky! Offer the little guy plenty of fun toys, like stuffed animals and balls. You may find that your tiny pal has sticky paws: ferrets are notorious for stealing their owners’ things and stashing them. Keep small items, like keys, buttons, cell phones, and jewelry, away from your adorable little thief. It also isn’t a bad idea to watch your pet carefully, and see where he keeps his hoard. That way, if anything goes missing, you’ll know where to look. You’ll also need to do some ferretproofing. Ask your vet for more information.

Please contact us, your Simi Valley, CA animal clinic, for your ferret’s veterinary care needs. We’re here to help!

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