Most average household these days have at least two animals as pets in it. The animals vary to cats, dogs, hamster, rabbit, and ferrets (for states allowing them to have as pets). Sometimes we cannot control when our pets go tantrums or fight with other pets. If you have a new ferret at home and you want your new pet to get along well with other animals, the most important that you could give to them is your time.
As their pet owner, you have to exert time to train them to get along well with each other. This article contains tips and ideas on how to help you manage your pets so they would not fight each other and make your home a peaceful haven for them.
Factors to Consider Before Letting Your New Ferret Interact with Other Animals
The complex part of training your new ferret to get along well with other animals is the kind of environment they got used to prior to acquiring them. Age is also a factor because older ferrets could be hard to train as their personality has been molded already and they have established their own ways dealing with other animals. The best time to train your pet ferret is when they are still young.
Aside from the age, there are also other factors to consider. These are:
- The genetic dispositions of the other animals you have at home. Hunting dogs can be more aggressive towards other animals while a Persian cat that has relaxed behavior can tolerate a ferret’s behavior.
- The age of the other animals. An older dog and cat is tamer and less active but if your other pets are as young as your new pet, they can easily be trained to get along well with each other.
How to Train Your New Pet Ferret to Get Along Well with Cats or Dogs
1. After acquiring your new ferret, you can introduce it slowly to your other pets but with utmost supervision. Through this you will be able to observe the reaction of the animals with each other. If you have both a dog and cat at home, try to remember how you first introduce the animals with each other as this could help you do the same with your new pet.
Since ferrets could be very active and rowdy, this might cause the other animals to worry and feel threatened. You may separate your new pet immediately to avoid attacks and injuries.
2. You have to learn to tame your new ferret first and this requires time and effort on your part. Always interact with your ferret and make them accustomed to your scent so that they will easily recognize you and become used to hanging out with you as human companion. You can also make all your animals accustomed to each other’s scent by petting them lavishly and allowing them to smell their scent through your hands.
3. Keep your ferret and other animals in separate rooms until the ferret becomes trusting. When you introduce them again, make sure that your ferret in its cage while the dog or the cat is on leash and allow them to smell each other. Any form of aggression must always be stopped by a firm “NO!” Bring a water bottle spray in case the aggression wouldn’t stop and be prepared to spray them when they act intolerably. Talk to your animals and make sure that it is clear to them that any aggression they show is not allowed. Do this for a couple of days or a week.
4. After a week of the previous routine, you can start having your pet ferret sit on your lap and allow other animals to come near you and the ferret. Pet each of them and let them smell each other in close contact while you are holding them. Talk to them gently and with a reassuring voice.
5. When you feel quite sure that your pets are already well-acquainted, you can star letting your new pet walk on the floor. Make sure to monitor their behavior towards each other. Do this regularly until all of them are accustomed to each other.