Taming Ferrets: A How-To Guide
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.
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!
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.
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; 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
Disclaimer: I have personally never used this particular treat for my ferret, but I have seen and heard wonderful reviews of it.
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)!