Flea Treatment For Ferrets
What are Fleas?
Fleas are tiny, usually dark-colored, insects. Fleas attach themselves to animal and human skin–including ferrets. They bite and feed on the animal’s blood.
Each female flea may produce 50 or 60 eggs a day! Flea eggs hatch in about 4 days.
Larvae eat the droppings of mature fleas for about 2 weeks, then spin cocoons and become pupae. Inside the cocoons, the pupae turn into fleas that emerge in 3 or 4 weeks as a new generation.
While most ferrets are not overly sensitive to fleas, some may develop skin irritations, allergies and even anemia. Fleas reproduce quite quickly, laying batches of eggs on the ferret or other animal. The fleas can then spread to the animal’s surroundings.
Causes of Fleas in Ferrets
When the weather gets warm and humid, the fleas come out. Ferrets that go outside can pick up fleas from the environment. Ferrets can also get fleas from other pets or even people.
Flea eggs can remain dormant for up to two years waiting for victims. Not only lying in wait outside, they can hide in furniture, carpets, bedding, clothes… Continue reading Flea Treatment For Ferrets
Ferret Cage Accessories–Fun and Practical
There are a lot of different options for accessories for your ferret’s cage. Some are necessary and practical and some are fun additions. The type you choose depends primarily on the type of cage you have–number of levels, size and configuration of any shelves you may have.
If you don’t have a ferret cage yet, you can check out my recommendations in this article.
Ferret Cage Accessories–Beds and Hammocks
Ferrets are so energetic and playful when they are awake! But, they need their sleep to recharge. Ferrets may sleep a total of 15 hours a day–often 3-4 hours at a time.
Ferrets are happiest with two types of beds: sleeping sacks and hammocks.
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Best Hairball Treatment—
Ferrets can get hairballs, unfortunately they lack the natural reflux ability of coughing it up like cats do.
Why do ferrets get hairballs?
Ferrets shed twice a year. They shed their coats to prepare for seasonal weather changes. The thick winter coat is shed in Spring to be replaced by a thinner, summer coat. The summer coat is then shed in Fall to again be replaced by a thicker, winter coat.
During this shedding time, the fluffy undercoat hairs may be seen floating around in the air. The longer guard hairs may be found covering your ferret’s bedding. The finer undercoat hairs, especially, can get mixed in with your ferret’s food. Then, as your ferret eats, these hairs may be swallowed. The same is true when your ferret grooms himself. If enough of these hairs are ingested, they can clump up in the stomach forming a hairball. Continue reading Best Hairball Treatment–For Ferrets
Ferret Dig Box Contents–Options and Alternatives
Many ferret parents search for an outlet for their ferret’s natural exuberance for digging. One solution is a ferret dig box. A ferret dig box contents can have many options and there are many alternatives.
Personally, I am not a fan of typical ferret dig boxes. Since these boxes are shallow, they can be quite messy. Ferrets dig around and scatter the contents everywhere. Some people put a lid on it, but there still needs to be openings so the ferret can breath. And if you are making holes in plastic, there are sharp edges that can hurt your ferret (and you). Then there is the association with the litter box. I had a friend who had a ferret, Willie. Willie was quite tidy about his litter box. He always tried to go in one corner and kept the rest clean. He never played in it or scattered the litter around his cage. Then he was given a dig box–a dishpan filled with rice. He loved it. Rice was everywhere! Then one day Willie made the association. Rice was kind of like litter. They are both in a box. He had such a good time digging around in his dig box, he decided it would be just as much fun to dig in his nice (mostly clean) litter box!
Options and Alternatives
Similar to a ferret dig box, one of the best toys for a ferret is a play box. This is not the same as a ferret dig box–it’s much larger–at least deeper. This alternative to a ferret dig box gives ferrets the joy of digging combined with the instinct for tunneling. Some of the ferret dig box contents can be used in the ferret play box as well. Continue reading Ferret Dig Box Contents–Options and Alternatives
Soft Ferret Food
Since ferrets are strict carnivores, they need a healthy, quality, meat based protein diet. But, ferrets can be finicky eaters. If a ferret doesn’t like the taste, texture or size of his food–especially kibble, he simply won’t eat it. If a ferret is ill or has dental problems, he may stop eating his normal food as well.
It may be time to try soft ferret food. Pet food manufactures do not provide many options for soft ferret food. Because ferrets should not eat grains and other carbohydrates, it is often difficult to find a suitable diet (for info on ferret nutrition click here). Continue reading Soft Ferret Food
Ferret Tunnels and Tubes
Ferrets love to play. They can make a toy out of anything. Ferrets love to burrow and will make a tunnel wherever they can. Put these two characteristics together and you have ferret tunnels and tube toys!
Ferrets never seem to tire of tunnels. They often chase one another in them, back out of them, and hide toys in them. I’m always amazed how they can almost fold themselves in half to turn around in a tube they can’t even stand up in!
There are so many ferret tunnels and tubes on the market. How do you decide which one to try? What are the best options? Well, that depends on what you want to do with it and where you plan to put it. Continue reading Ferret Tunnels and Tubes–Best Options
Where Can I Buy a Ferret?
Whether you live in the U.S, the U.K., Canada or Australia, there are several alternatives to getting your ferret from your local pet store. Continue reading Where Can I Buy a Ferret?
Veterinary Pet Insurance–FOR FERRETS
You may have thought that veterinary pet insurance is only for cats and dogs. It’s true, most pet insurance is. But what about your ferret children?
Veterinary visits can be quite expensive and the bills can really add up. Plus, most vets require payment up front. It may not be much of a financial burden for your ferret’s routine visits, but what if she gets sick or hurt? What if there is an emergency or she needs surgery or treatment for a chronic condition? I have spent thousands of dollars in vet bills within a few years due to sick ferrets. Ferret parents need the financial assistance of pet insurance too. Too many ferret parents are faced with the decision of putting a ferret down due to costly vet bills.
But it doesn’t have to be that way. I have discovered that it is possible to get veterinary pet insurance for ferrets! And it doesn’t need to be cost prohibitive. This insurance is Pet Assure. Continue reading Veterinary Pet Insurance
Do Ferrets Get Along With Dogs?
Do Dogs Get Along with Ferrets?
If you have ever had more than one dog, cat, ferret…you know that each has his own unique personality. Just like people, even sisters from the same “litter” have different personalities.
Ferrets and dogs, just like other animals (and people) have different personalities. One dog might be best buddies with one ferret and ignore another. Continue reading Do Ferrets Get Along with Dogs? Do Dogs Get Along with Ferrets?