How to Take Care of a Baby Ferret

How to Take Care of a Baby Ferret


Baby ferrets need a lot of tender care. It is appropriate to wait until a baby is around six-week old before separating them from the mother. I suggest that you do some research prior to adopting your new pet.

A litter will commonly have about seven or eight babies, commonly known as kits, in it. The proper way to deal with a female ferret (jill), while she is giving birth, is to refrain from touching her, You could be placing yourself in a very dangerous position if you try to handle a ferret while she is giving birth. Kits are usually hairless when they are born and their eyes are closed. In the beginning stages of their lives, they spend all of their time consuming food, napping and developing. It usually takes around twenty days for the kits’ colour to get darker and then their eyes also begin to open. At around seven weeks old the babies have to be taken to the veterinarian to get the primary set of vaccinations. You should also consider having them de-scented and sterilised.

Be certain to find out what kind of food that the kit was eating, from the former owner, before you decide to change it. If you decide to use the same kind of food, be sure to moisten the food with some warm water for about six or seven minutes prior to a feeding. If you decide to change the sort of food, you will have to wean the kit off of the other food. The best way to do this is to take a tiny bit of the former food and blend it with the new food while slowly increasing the portion of the new food each day. In this way, the new brand of food with be easily incorporated into their diet. Ferrets, especially babies, must have a higher quality of protein, which most cat foods do not offer. Whatever food you provide to your pet ferret, be sure that it includes at least 35% protein and 20% fat. Baby ferrets must be provided with water all the time and it needs to be changed at least once a day.

The cage that you buy for your baby ferret must be big enough to house all essential items while leaving lots of room for your pet to play. Try to avoid metal bottom cages because the are easily corroded. Be aware that if you get a plastic coated cage that you need to carefully supervise your ferret to make sure that he is not chewing on it. Baby ferrets also need a lot of places to hide. Be sure to continually check the bedding to be confident that your ferret is not eating it because it will make him sick.

You must provide the right care for your baby ferret to live a lively and fit life.

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