When a getting a pet ferret for your family, there are certain things you have to consider and think over a couple times or more before making your final decision. This is highly important because you are not just going to think about your family but also the well-being of the ferret. This also applies to other animals that you are considering to acquire. Important decision making factors have to be analyzed first so you don’t end up surrendering them to animal shelters.
Below is a list of decision making tips to guide you better before making your leap to purchase a ferret as pet. Please have these guidelines noted and as much as possible, ask your family members to go over these guidelines so they too can contribute to the decision making. You have to understand that your family’s input is equally important as yours.
Getting a Pet Ferret Decision Making Guides
1. Ferrets are highly active animals that need some time running around in a spacious area. Can you make sure that your home has enough space that could make it safe for them to freely roam around?
2. If you put your ferret in an outdoor facility, there is a tendency for them escaping from the cage and getting on loose in the neighborhood. If you prefer them indoors, are you prepared to clean some of their wastes on the floor or are you ready if some of your belongings get damaged because of their very active behavior?
3. Ferrets require a specious cage when they need to be confined. Aside from the spacious cage, you need to provide them with something to entertain them when they are inside, like tunnels, toys, boxes, and other amusing stuff. This could be costly and can take up some of the area of your home.
4. Ferrets have a lifespan of 6 to 8 years. This means you have to be committed taking care of them throughout their lifespan. Giving up on your ferrets because of being uncomfortable with them is not a valid reason to put them in shelters.
5. Do you have other pets at home that might not get along well you’re your new ferret? An aggressive dog or cat? Or a rabbit that your ferret can prey on?
6. If you want to build a bond and tame your ferret, this will require time and effort on your part. Are you prepared to a lot some of your schedule with them?
7. Do you have very young children at home? Is your child ready for a highly active pet? If so, have you thought your child the responsible ways of taking care and handling a pet ferret? If your child is too young to care for a ferret, are you willing to do the caring and maintenance of your new pet all by yourself?
8. Family go on vacations sometimes, if you are to go on vacation for a week or more, who is going to take care of your pet ferret?
9. A ferret is much happier when they have a companion pet. Even if your intention is not to breed them, is it okay with you to acquire another ferret from the opposite sex to pair with your pet ferret?
10. If no is your answer in question number 9, would you able to provide attention to your pet ferret? Sole ferret may cling to human attention but always remember that human companionship will never match the companionship of another ferret.
The above mentioned decision making tips are based on the behavior and personality of ferrets that we have gathered from experienced ferret owners. These tips are very helpful in determining whether or not ferret as pet is the right one for you or your family.
If you know a friend or a relative or someone who is thinking of getting a pet ferret, you can share with them this post to help them decide better. Getting a pet ferret should not be based on impulse decision. Genuine love, care, and understanding for animals is important before acquiring animals for pets. The absence of these traits will most likely leave your ferret to animal shelters in the future.