Also called kits, young ferrets need extra love and care as they transition to maturity. Although there is no major difference in terms of caring for adult ferrets, you must still exert extra effort in dealing with these babies. Below is a guide on the basics of properly raising baby ferrets.
Extra Roomy Cages
Although still very small, young ferrets require a roomy cage or spacious living environment. Providing them more than enough space will encourage movements and activities, which are essential factors during their developmental stage. They will be able to walk around and explore the surroundings. Furthermore, a large enclosure will still leave enough space after placing water and food containers. Aside from these containers, it is also recommended to put inside appropriately sized litter box to encourage proper behavior even at a young age.
To make the cage more comfortable, use soft cloth or towels as flooring or matting. Young baby ferrets will spend a lot of time sleeping, so it is vital to make their sleep as comfortable and sound as possible. Proper sleep will enable faster growth ad healthier body and mind. You can also use garments and soft materials as wall linings of the cage. Doing this will prevent the babies from accidentally exiting the cage and also act as protection against all sorts of predators. During this stage, the babies are extremely vulnerable to small and large predators so you must take all measures to enhance their protection.
Introduction to Other Home Pets
Usually, there will be other house pets such as cats and dogs when the baby ferrets arrive. This will not be a major issue due to the fact that ferrets, even the young ones, can easily make friends with other animals. If you have other ferrets at home, the first step to familiarize each other is to move the cages closer to one another. Ferrets have an excellent sense of smell which they use to familiarize themselves with people, new surrounding, and other animals. Leave the animals for a few hours or even days to slowly build a bond. If hostility or territorial actions are not observed, carefully transfer the ferrets in one cage and let them physically interact. There may be some hostile reactions in the beginning so you must keep a close eye during the whole process.
When introducing young ferrets to other animals, especially larger ones, it is of utmost importance to carefully guide the animals. Exert extra patience during the entire process and never force the animals to have an instant bond.
During their first few weeks and months, moist foods must be given to prevent indigestion and other health concerns. A useful trick is to soak the food in clean wares before serving. As weeks go by, you can start introducing other food varieties to encourage proper eating habits. The most important factor is always to make sure that all food given must be fresh and clean.
Aside from a wide variety of food items, fresh and clean water must always be provided. During this time, baby ferrets need a constant supply of water to keep them properly hydrated. Use a deep and sturdy water container so your pet baby will always have enough water supply. It is also vital to regularly remove and replace with a new batch of water to prevent infection and stomach problems.
More Than Enough Bonding Time
To achieve a solid and lasting relationship, start interacting with your ferret pet even at an early age. Doing this will slowly but surely create a special bond that is the same with a parent and child relationship. However, always be careful when playing and handling your pet. Baby ferrets still have fragile bones and body, with the slightest force or pressure can inflict a permanent injury.
When interacting, it is also recommended to give treats and prizes especially when it shows good behavior. Avoid giving commercially made artificial treats that contain loads of sugar and acids that are harmful to ferrets. In addition, it is also good to provide toys made specifically for ferrets to add fun to your activities further.