Losing a beloved ferret is a heartbreaking experience, and as a fellow ferret parent, I understand the deep bond and love you shared with your furry friend. Unfortunately, our fur babies are destined to live a short life. During this difficult time, it is important to find a way to preserve their memory and honor their presence in our lives. One beautiful and meaningful option to consider are cremation urns for ferrets.
You may not know this, but there are special cremation urns for ferrets. Some are shaped like a ferret and come in multiple colors to resemble your ferret’s coloring. Others etch your ferret’s picture on a wooden box or incorporate a photo of your ferret into the design.
Whether you plan to keep or scatter your ferret’s ashes in a meaningful place, cremation urns are beautiful memorials. A ferret urn is a lasting tribute to their unique personality.
Cremation Urns for Ferrets—Considerations
Several important factors should be considered when choosing a cremation urn for your beloved ferret.
Remember that the primary focus when selecting a cremation urn for your ferret should be its sentimental value. While the design and aesthetics are important, the emotional connection and memories associated with the memorial are most important. The urn should evoke feelings of love, fondness, and remembrance, providing a tangible symbol of the bond you shared with your ferret.
4 Things to Consider
Common options include ceramic, wood, glass and metal, each with unique characteristics.
Selecting a box, jar or ferret-shaped urn should reflect your ferret’s personality and elicit cherished memories.
A picture of your ferret, engravings with your ferret’s image, name, significant dates or a heartfelt message can make the urn even more meaningful and personalized.
A wide range of options are available—from elaborate handpainted works of art to small and simple boxes.
By carefully considering these factors, you can choose a memorial urn that preserves your ferret’s ashes and serves as a lovely and fitting tribute to their memory.
As a ferret parent, I know you are very familiar with the smell associated with ferrets. It’s a constant battle to keep the odors under control. Part of this problem is that the smell is often invisible—unlike the giant puddle on the floor left by dog urine. So if you can’t see it, how do you get rid of the hidden ferret smell?
Getting Rid of that Hidden Ferret Smell
Covering your nose or trying to cover up the smell isn’t the answer. A friend told me about her experience and determination to find and eliminate the hidden ferret smell in her home. Here’s her story:
“As I entered my home, a faint, lingering scent tickled my nostrils, reminding me of the constant battle against that hidden ferret smell. Determined to track down the elusive source, I embarked on a mission.
Armed with a pet odor elimination kit, complete with a UV detection flashlight, I flicked it on and searched around the house. What a shock! The ordinarily invisible was now visible. The UV light revealed spots where accidents had occurred, their telltale glow exposing the truth. I thoroughly sprayed the odor eliminator on the spots. After a few applications, the odor dissipated, and the room came alive with a pleasant citrus scent.
It was like a game of hide-and-seek, the scent hiding and me determined to find it. Room after room, I diligently followed the UV light’s guidance, ensuring no odor went undetected. And one by one, I conquered each hidden odor, banishing them from my home.
With the effective pet odor eliminator and UV detector as my trusty allies, I reclaiming my home from the clutches of unwanted odors!”
What You Need
The Angry Orange Kit she used with UV detection technology is your secret weapon against ferret odors. Simply switch on the built-in UV light and watch as it illuminates any hidden traces of odor-causing substances. From invisible urine stains to tiny spots missed during regular cleaning, the UV light reveals them. Then, with the power of a potent odor-neutralizing formula, the pet odor eliminator eradicates the persistent ferret smells at their source, leaving behind a clean orange scent. Keep in mind, given the persistence of ferret odor, you may need to apply the solution several times to get the smell out completely.
As ferret parents, we know all too well the challenges of shedding. Their very fine and dense coats can leave their fur on furniture, carpets, clothing, and their bedding and toys. So, what’s the best way to manage shedding?
Shedding is More Than a Nuisance
Shedding presents health concerns for ferrets. If a ferret ingests a large amount of its fur, it can lead to hairballs, which can cause blockages in the digestive system and potentially result in serious health issues.
And shedding can affect ferret family members and friends who suffer from allergies, as ferrets’ hair (along with dander and saliva) can trigger allergic reactions, leading to symptoms such as sneezing, itching, and watery eyes.
Fortunately, regular grooming and cleaning can help to reduce the amount of hair and minimize the impact of shedding. One effective solution for ferret hair removal is a pet hair roller. These sticky fur remover rollers are a popular tool for getting rid of fur. But using sheet after sheet and roll after roll can get expensive—not to mention unfriendly to the environment.
An alternative has gained popularity due to its reusability and effectiveness in removing pet hair from various surfaces. This environmentally friendly alternative is reusable. But there are many reusable pet hair rollers out there. Which ones are a waste of money, and which really work?
Effective Fur Remover
The ChomChom Roller is a top-selling reusable pet hair roller with well over 100,000 high ratings for its effectiveness in managing shedding.
It’s designed to pick up pet hair from surfaces like sofas, beds, carpets, and blankets without adhesive or sticky tape. And its eco-friendly design is easy to clean.
One of the benefits of the ChomChom Roller is its reusability. Unlike sticky roller tapes, which need to be replaced frequently, this pet hair remover can be used over and over again. Plus, its convenience and effectiveness make it a top choice for pet owners who want to quickly and easily remove pet fur.
However, the ChomChom Roller is not perfect. It may not work well on certain materials (like those with loose weaves) and may require multiple passes over heavily soiled areas. While it may not be a perfect solution, it is a valuable tool in managing ferret shedding. Of course, it doesn’t just work on ferret fur. It works on dog, cat and other pet fur and on human hair.
In summary, shedding can be challenging for ferret owners, but it can be managed with the right tools. A reusable pet hair roller, like the ChomChom Roller, is an effective sticky roller alternative that can help reduce the amount of hair on surfaces in your home and your ferret’s home. It can help protect your ferrets from health issues caused by hair ingestion and reduce the impact of shedding on people with pet fur allergies. And it makes a thoughtful and helpful gift for other pet people you know who struggle with pet hair.
Why Some Ferrets Bite and How to Stop Ferret Biting
Most ferrets are loving, playful, social animals. As with any pet, however, there are a few who seem to be biters. There is hope for the biter, however. Most aggressive ferrets can be turned into gentle pets if given the correct amount of training and patience. Read on for ways to stop ferret biting.
Ferrets can bite for many reasons–most are not due to aggressiveness. Before you address how to stop ferret biting, you need to identify the reason why your ferret is biting.
First of all, not all ferret bites should be considered attacks–most are not. Biting is sometimes the way a ferret tries to communicate. She may want to play and give you a nip to get your attention. If your ferret bites and holds on, or bites so hard that she draws blood, it is not a friendly nip. Both types of biting can be corrected.
Some reasons why a ferret may bite:
Young ferrets are natural nippers. They explore the world with their mouths and they also go through teething. If this is the case, it really should not be a concern, as they will grow out of it with a little training.
Ferrets need to be trained not to nip when they are young. Ferrets play hard with littermates and playmates. They need to have limits set so they know how hard they can play with you.
Sick or injured
If your ferret isn’t feeling well or is hurt she can’t tell you. She may be in pain and want to be left alone. If this is a sudden change in behavior, it may be the case. Be sure to have her checked by a vet.
Unneutered ferrets can be more aggressive than neutered ones. Hormones can cause a male ferret to assert his dominance over others–including you. The solution is to get him neutered.
Change, whether good or bad can be scary. A ferret in a strange situation or environment may be frightened and confused. When a ferret is under stress, she may bite. Give her time to adjust to the new situation, person or environment before you consider her biting a problem.
Some ferrets react aggressively to particular sounds, smells or objects. There may be no apparent reason–only your ferret knows why. With a little observation, you can identify what the smell, sound or object is. Common triggers are vacuum cleaners, brooms, loud music, and strong smells. You can keep your ferret away from the trigger–or at least keep her in her cage while doing household chores if this is the cause.
Trained to bite
If your ferret was cared for by someone else before you brought him into your home, he may have been inadvertently taught to bite. For example, if the person picked up the ferret and he nipped and then put him down to run around, the ferret may have associated nipping with getting the run of the house.
The main cause of ferret biting is mistrust. Your ferret may have had a bad experience with a person that traumatized him. Or, he may have been mistreated repeatedly. Ferrets can associate people with pain and react to protect themselves.
When you have identified the cause, you can address how to stop ferret biting.
There are right ways and wrong ways to teach your ferret not to bite. You will probably make the problem worse if you try any of the following:
Mist a bitter spray or another so-called deterrent in your ferret’s face
Flick her on her nose or head when she bites
Put her in solitary confinement for long periods of time
Bite her back
Use her regular cage for a time-out
How to stop your ferret from biting
Depending on your ferret’s personality and past experiences, she may or may not respond to certain methods of reconditioning. There are several techniques you can try. Don’t give up on one tactic right away. It takes patience and consistency to stop ferret biting. However, if the biting gets worse after much consistency and patience, then you should probably move on to another method.
This list provides some obvious solutions and some more creative techniques. You may combine some of these tactics together, as well.
Neuter an unaltered male
Take your ferret to the vet to rule out any medical reasons
If you know your ferret reacts to a particular trigger, keep him away from it
If your ferret is young, visually or hearing impaired, take care not to startle her
Make sure your ferret is well fed with a proper diet
Spend more quality time with your ferret and get her more accustomed to being handled
Say a firm “NO” or “STOP” and flip her on her back in a submissive position and hold her there for a few minutes when she bites
Give him a 15-20 minute “time-out” in a small cage (not his regular cage) with no toys, bed or food immediately after biting
Wrap him firmly in a towel and hold him or carry him around for 10-20 minutes and talk to him gently and pet his head
Immediately substitute a toy for your hand or whatever was bitten and allow him only to bite that
Add another ferret to your home as a playmate, so he has someone to play rough with
Remember if you want to stop a ferret from biting, you need to be consistent and firm, but gentle. Reward your ferret for good behavior. In time your ferret will learn to respond to kindness and gentleness with like behavior.
Ferrets are always looking for fun, but sometimes what they see as fun is dangerous or destructive or both. As ferret parents, we are always trying to come up with new ways to safely entertain our fur babies. Sometimes we need to think outside the box (or cage) to discover new ideas for ferret toys. DIY ferret toys can be a creative and fun way to give your ferrets new experiences. This DIY Ferret Swing is a quick and easy way to show your ferret some swinging fun!
DIY Ferret Swing—Swinging Fun
One DIY idea is to “make” your ferret a swing. I say “make” because there is little, if anything, you actually need to put together. There are lots of hanging hammocks and other bedding that can be attached to the top of a ferret cage and hang down. But what about a swing? A fellow ferret parent had this idea and I thought I would share it with you.Continue reading Swinging Fun for Your Ferret— DIY Ferret Toys
Playpens are not just for toddlers and puppies! Ferret playpens are gaining popularity.
If you have a ferret (or 2 or 6), you know that they can get into lots of trouble when left unattended. However, it may not always be practical to keep an eye on your ferret while they’re out of the cage—especially if you have more than one. Ferrets are often bored in their cage and just sleep. Or they may get determined to break out. One of my ferrets, Toby, likes to grab onto the rungs of the cage door and pull and shake it with all his might, trying to escape.
One way to provide your ferrets with playtime is to use a ferret playpen. Although a ferret playpen is not a substitution for one-on-one playtime for you and your ferret, it can add a new and fun experience for your ferret. The right playpen can provide a safe and confined area for your ferret to play, relax and nap. Ferret playpens can serve a variety of functions such as a portable, confined area when traveling and a safe way to be outdoors.Continue reading Ferret Playpens—What to Look for
I have often been asked how I keep my ferret’s nails so neatly cut and trimmed. Many ferret parents leave it to the Vet to take care of this grooming necessity. However, it’s not that difficult if you know a few tricks. Here’s an easy to follow step by step guide on how to trim ferret’s nails.
Ferrets cannot keep their nails at the proper length on their own. They don’t get worn down much naturally and grow quickly. If left untrimmed too long, a ferret’s nails will start to curl and grow under her paw and even into it.
When your ferret’s nails are too long, they can have tears, sharp points, and ragged edges. She can easily catch them on bedding, furniture or carpets. This could break the nail, tear it, or rip it off completely. Your ferret could further injure herself from trying to free her paw.
I know of a ferret mom who found one of her ferrets dangling from her cage hammock by one nail! She caught her nail in the fabric when she tried to get out of the hammock. I can’t imagine how much that must have hurt. She was lucky no permanent damage was done.Continue reading How To Trim Ferret’s Nails—A Step By Step Guide
Cleaning your ferret’s ears should be a regular part of caring for your ferret. To keep your ferret healthy, it is important to make sure her ears are free of debris and discharge. Here’s what you need to know to clean ferrets ears safely.
Ferrets’ ear wax should be red, brown, or gold-colored. If you notice very dark brown or black debris or discharge, be sure to take your ferret to your Vet. Your ferret may have an ear infection orear mites. Left untreated, these conditions can turn into severe health problems for your ferret.Continue reading How to Clean Ferrets Ears Safely
You may not have thought it possible, but you can train your ferret to come when called!
This “trick” is actually very handy and could help get your ferret out of harm’s way. What if your ferret got behind the stove, crawled into an opening in the back of a cabinet you didn’t know was there or got outside? What would you do?
If you could train him to come when called it would save a lot of time and anxiety.
However, as you know, ferrets are not like dogs. You can’t expect a ferret to just come to you when you call his name just because you want him to. He has to have a really good reason. Unlike dogs, ferrets are not motivated by praise, attention and the desire to please you. A ferret is only interested in one thing–a tasty treat. Continue reading How to Train a Ferret to Come—3 Steps
Although it may seem like a difficult process, with the right tools brushing your ferret’s teeth can be doable. Most Veterinarians recommend that you brush your ferret’s teeth twice a month (at least) to keep your ferret’s teeth healthy. This guide will show you how.
Why Should You Brush Your Ferret’s Teeth?
Dental disease. More and more it has been determined, that like people, pets need dental care to prevent dental disease and to keep them healthy overall. Brushing a dog’s teeth has been recommended by Vets for a long time. As this has become common practice, Vets have been recommending dental care for other pets as well–including ferrets.
Dental disease in ferrets, as well as in other pets and in people, starts with gingivitis. Gingivitis is an inflammation of the gums. This inflammation is caused by bacteria that live in the mouth and invade the pockets surrounding the teeth. Untreated, gingivitis can progress to periodontitis, a disease involving the teeth and gum pockets. Eventually, these oral bacteria also invade the bloodstream and can cause infections in the kidneys and even the heart valves. The severity of gingivitis is partly determined by the strength of the ferret’s immune system. It occurs in middle-aged to older ferrets. Periodontal disease, luckily, is uncommon in ferrets.