Spending Quality Time with Your Ferret by a Welland Veterinarian

For some people, cats and dogs simply aren’t the right fit. Some people prefer a more exotic companion, like a ferret. Ferrets are cute, cuddly and can afford their owners years of entertainment and enjoyment, but in order to keep them happy and healthy, you must dedicate a certain amount of time and attention to their care. Here are a few words of advice from an experienced Welland veterinarian on spending quality time with your furry companion.

Ferrets require less interaction than other animals and that is mostly due to the fact that they tend to sleep a lot more. When your ferret is awake, however, you should be devoting at least one hour per day to socializing and interacting with your pet. It’s also important that your ferret interact with as many members of the household as possible to really help them adjust and become a part of the family.

Some of the activities you can participate in with your pet ferret include:

  • Playing – Ferrets are incredibly intelligent and playful animals. They love to engage with other ferrets, people and even other types of animals. Play activities for your ferret may include wrestling, playing with toys and hiding. Ferrets also love tubes and other small containers that they can explore in and climb through. Ask your Welland veterinarian for suggestions on toys and games for you to engage your ferret in playtime.
  • Grooming – Most ferrets enjoy being groomed and bathed, and it can be a fantastic way for you both to bond. Check with your Welland veterinarian for proper bathing techniques and to be sure you’re using the right products.
  • Snuggling – Ferrets like to be held and pet, and love to get affection from their owners. When you’re relaxing for the evening, watching television, invite your ferret into your lap for some attention and you’ll be rewarded with loyalty and unconditional love in return.
  • Training – Many people don’t realize how intelligent ferrets can be. They can be taught to do everything from coming when their name is called to using a litterbox and doing tricks. Just remember, training can take time so be patient and stick with it. It’s a great way to bond, and your persistence will eventually pay off. Your Welland veterinarian can provide some guidance on training techniques.

Owning a ferret can be rewarding for everyone in the family, but before you take that plunge make sure you have the time and commitment it takes to keep your new pet happy and healthy. By applying these tips you will be able to enjoy ample quality time with your ferret and foster a lifelong bond.

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