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Ferret FAQ

What is a ferret?
Mustela furo, the European ferret, is a member of the weasel family (polecats, minks, skunks, ermine, etc). They are not rodents. The domestic companion ferret, is often confused with the North American Black-Footed Ferret (Mustela nigripes), a wild and currently endangered species.
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What should I feed my ferret?
Feed a high quality ferret diet, such as Totally Ferret. Ferret food should contain 36% protein, 22% fat and a maximum of 2% fiber for ferrets up to 4 years of age. After 4, place on a maintenance or senior food for older ferrets which contains a lower percentage of  protein and fat.
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What size cage do I need?
Ferrets should be caged at night and when not being supervised by their owner. For one ferret a cage that measures 24" x 24" x 24" would be adequate. Place bedding material such as old sweatshirts, t-shirts, sleep sacks, hammocks, etc. in the cage along with a water bottle, food dish, and litter pan. Use bedding material that can be cleaned at least every five days to keep your ferret clean which helps eliminate their musky odor.
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What type of litter should I use?
The type of litter that works best is one that is absorbent, we have found pressed hard wood pellets to work the best. Scoopable litters are not safe for ferrets. There is a too high of a risk of the ferret ingesting the litter and getting it lodged in their intestinal tract causing a possible blockage and death. Clay litter leaves a gritty feel to the ferret's coat.
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How do I control fleas?
Frontline and Revolution are safe for ferrets (small dose for 2 ferrets, large dose for multiple ferrets). Ferrets only need 0.2 ml per ferret. 

In addition to treating your ferret, you will need to treat the entire house and all household pets. Fleas spend much of their life cycle OFF of their host. They will also hop to bedding, rugs and furniture. You will need to wash all bedding and vacuum thoroughly (under furniture and in corners). Vacuuming will not kill the fleas so, change the bag immediately, getting the bag out of the house completely is best.
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Do ferrets get heartworm?
Yes, ferrets can contract heartworms. It only takes one mosquito bite and one heartworm to kill a ferret. However, it is preventable. If you live in an area where there are mosquitoes  you should consider using a heartworm preventative.

Ivermectin is safe for use in ferrets and recommended for any ferret that is taken outside on walks. Use monthly April through October. Contact your veterinarian for dosage.

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