- Life expectancy 5 – 9 years
- Weaning 6 – 8 weeks
- Breeding 4 – 8 months
- Pregnancy 42 days
- Litter size 1 – 18
- Adult body weight 0.5 – 2 kg
- Ferrets are carnivores
- A commercial ferret dry food is available, which is a complete and balanced diet. These diet are higher in fat or protein and lower in carbohydrates and fibre.
- If the ferret dry food is not obtainable a high quality dry kitten food is a suitable substitute, Hills and royal canin are good brands.
- Ferrets should be fed ad lib as they have a fast gut transit time
- A small beef bone can be given once per week for dental health
- Soft fruits can be offered as treats on an occasional basis (e.g. pear or melon)
- It is a good idea to get your ferret use to drinking from a water bottle, as they can make a mess with bowls
- Ferrets should be housed in a cage, however it is important for them to have regular interactions and play
- Ferrets can be quite destructive in the household; chewing and climbing into small spaces, therefore they always need to be supervised when outside of the cage.
- Ferrets can be trained to a litter tray, they prefer to toilet in corners therefore place the litter tray in the corner of a room
- Bedding should be something your ferret can hide inside; tunnels, hammocks or sleeping bags
- Avoid; hay, sawdust or straw as it can cause respiratory irritation
- It is important to handle your ferret gently on a daily basis as they can get into bad habits of nipping fingers.
- All ferrets should be vaccinated against canine distemper. Two vaccinations are required if the ferret is less than 14 weeks old and then a yearly booster vaccination is required
- Ferrets need to be on a monthly heartworm preventative. Revolution is a good option.
- Your ferret MUST be desexed or receive a deslorelin implant to prevent them developing hormonal diseases (e.g. persistent oestrus)