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Taming Ferrets: A How-To Guide

Updated on January 31, 2019
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Hunter Houck is an animal enthusiast with experience caring for many types of pets, including: dogs, cats, ferrets, parrots, livestock, etc.

How can I get my new ferret to love me?

Ferrets are a very interesting pet. Some would say that they're more like cats, while others would say that they're more like dogs. I, however would say that ferrets are a funny, adorable, mix of both. When properly trained, your ferret will learn that you are his/her best friend.

My Ferret

This is my ferret as a baby.
This is my ferret as a baby. | Source

The Basic Steps

Getting your ferret to adore you can be simple, if you follow these simple steps.

1. Give time to adjust

2. Spend lots of time

3. Use lots of treats

4. Make it fun

Step One: Give Your Pet Time To Adjust

You've heard it with nearly every pet, but it is truly important. When you first bring your ferret home, regardless of his/her age, it will need time to adjust. Unlike with other animals, it doesn't need days in it's new home to adjust. It does, however need a few hours to get used to the new sounds and smells alone. After a few hours, your ferret might be ready to play with you. If you think more time is needed to adjust, make sure to give that to your ferret.

Step Two: Spend Plenty Of Time With Your New Furry Friend!

Time, time time. I can't emphasise it enough. Spending time with your new ferret is the only way that he'll turn into your new smelly best friend. On the first day, spend only around a half hour playing with him. In the days to come, you (and your ferret) will want to spend more and more time together. With this method, your ferret will learn that you are the ultimate playmate with no doubt!

Boxes!

A shoe box with a hole will become the hiding spot of choice for many a ferret!
A shoe box with a hole will become the hiding spot of choice for many a ferret! | Source

Treats, Treats, Treats!

Alas, the favorite part of this guide; treats! Without them, your ferret wouldn't use the litter box, wouldn't come when called, and wouldn't be as sweet. Ferrets are finicky animals with all food, including treats. Your ferret will not like every treat that is put in front of her, and you will probably spend some money on treats that your ferret will not enjoy. There are however, a few treats that I have used with success, and heard from other ferrents (ferret-parents) that they have as well. Sometimes, you may want to mix a treat in with your ferret's food for a fun surprise.

PureBites

Purebites Chicken Breast For Cats, 1.09Oz / 31G - Value Size
Purebites Chicken Breast For Cats, 1.09Oz / 31G - Value Size

Although it says 'For Cats', these are wonderful for ferrets, too. With '100% Chicken' as the main ingredient, these make a healthy treat, or food mix-in.

 

Furo-Vite

(3 Pack) Marshall Furo-Vite Vitamin Supplement Paste for Ferrets, 3.5-Ounce Each
(3 Pack) Marshall Furo-Vite Vitamin Supplement Paste for Ferrets, 3.5-Ounce Each

Furo-Vite; music to a ferret's little ears. This is the treat that I recommend, as it is what my ferret loves. You must use it sparingly, however, because it is very filling. It is a lot more expensive than other ferret treats, but anything would be worth it when it help with litter training.

 

N-Bone Ferret Treats

N-Bone 1 Pouch Ferret Soft Treats Chicken Flavor, 3 Oz
N-Bone 1 Pouch Ferret Soft Treats Chicken Flavor, 3 Oz

Disclaimer: I have personally never used this particular treat for my ferret, but I have seen and heard wonderful reviews of it.

 

Thank You!

In conclusion, ferrets are wonderful pets to own, and it is an amazing privilege to be able to work with one (or more). I hope this article helps you and your new furry friend(s)!

Please leave your advice for other new ferret owners, too!

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      Sam Johnson 

      14 months ago

      Thanks for the advice!

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