Most families choose to add a furry friend to their home at some point. It’s no surprise, really. There are a number of benefits to owning a pet, but adopting an animal is also a huge responsibility. If you’ve been thinking about buying a ferret, there are a few things that you need to know before you bring this lovable creature into your home.
First off, ferrets offer a wonderful way to teach your child responsibility. If you’ve been worried that your youngster doesn’t know much about being responsible for something, having to care for a pet can help. Keep in mind, though, that you’ll be the one who ultimately has to care for your pet. If your child goes out of town, becomes bored with caring for your pet, or simply is unable to take care of your ferret, you’ll have to be the one to care for it.
It’s also important to consider how much time you’re able to devote to your ferret. Ferrets are lovable creatures, but they also must be monitored when they’re not in their cages. Ferrets are notorious for stealing small items and toys and hiding them around the house, but they can also scratch up linoleum or tear up your carpet. While you might enjoy cuddling with your ferret, remember that if you plan to let it out of the cage, you’ll need to keep an eye on it.
Ferrets can be litter-trained, but this is something that you’ll need to work on. Ferrets tend to relieve themselves in corners, so most ferret litter boxes are designed to be placed in a corner. You’ll have to change the litter at least once a day to prevent smells from permeating your home. If you aren’t willing to work with your ferret about litter-training, you can expect accidents throughout your home and in its cage.
Finally, remember that finding a veterinarian who cares for ferrets can be difficult. Not all vets are trained to care for ferrets, so you’ll need to find an exotic animal vet you trust. Ferrets still need regular checkups, so make sure that you know where you’ll take it for health care before you adopt your pet.