baby ferrets

Buying baby ferrets

Ferrets are ideal if you're looking for an affectionate, active and intelligent pet. Nevertheless ferrets generally live only five to 10 years. So if you want to spend a lot of time with a ferret, you might consider buying a baby ferret. Baby ferrets come with two big advantages: They're exceptionally cute. And they haven't yet learned any bad habits.


However, there challenges to raise and caring for baby ferrets. They're not necessarily easy ones to overcome, either. So before purchasing a baby ferret, make sure you're ready for the responsibility. Having a baby ferret in the house is much like having a puppy: Your new pet will not arrive in your home fully trained. That burdened, then, falls on you. While you�re training your baby ferret, expect to suffer quite a few nips or bites. Remember, too, that training a baby ferret to use its litter box will require plenty of patience on your part.


Training your baby ferret to use its litter box in the ferret cage is the biggest hurdle for new ferret owners to overcome. Fortunately, it's fairly easy to tell when a baby ferret needs to use that litter box: The ferret will do an odd-looking dance, spinning around in circles and then backing its rear end into a corner of its cage. When you see this, put the baby ferret in its litter pan. If the animal does its business, give it a treat immediately. After doing this enough times, the baby ferret will eventually become litter-pan trained.


After the baby ferret is trained this way, you should place litter pans at strategic locations in the room where it plays. This way, whenever it needs to go to the bathroom, it can head straight to these pans. You'll also have to train your baby ferret not to nip or bite you. The best way to do this is to spray your ferret with a water bottle every time it nips you. Eventually, it will stop this aggressive behavior. You may also blow in the baby ferret's face when it nips you or make a loud, high-pitched "yip" sound. Both of these should act as deterrents to your baby ferret.


Baby ferrets are fun pets. You'll be amazed at how creative they are. And if you leave your car keys in their reach, you'll find out just how clever these animals can be at stowing common objects in their own secret hiding places. Nevertheless baby ferrets are a lot of work, too. These pets must be trained properly. Owners who don't do this will then be left with larger, more aggressive adult ferrets that don't behave properly.