Last Updated on February 20, 2021
Welcome to the Ferret Beginners Guide! This is Chapter 3: How to Choose a Ferret?
Like a cat or a dog, choosing a ferret is not an easy process. There are different breeds, varieties, and most importantly temperaments. The last point is crucial since mutual adjustments of both the pet owner and the pet will be vital in their long-term relationship.
It is no secret to anybody that like other animals, ferrets also have their own personalities. In some of them, the streak of independence is too strong while others crave for your protective touch more than usual. It is advisable that you make a round of as many pet stores as possible to really get a feel for the variety of ferrets available in the market. If you have decided on any particular ferret, try to spend some time with it in the store before making your final decision. The objective is to judge its behavior to finally decide if it is the right one for you. Do not be discouraged if your prospective pet becomes more playful in the first meeting itself. These caged babies are bound to display some hyper action when set out of the cage.
Putting your prospective pet through a thorough inspection is a must. After all, you have to ensure that the pet you are taking home is in good and energetic condition. For example, check the ears for black waxy deposits. These are signs of ear mites. Similarly, try to detect if there is a blue dot on the ferrets’ ear. A blue dot means it is from the controversial Marshall Farms which supply ferrets to companies for different tests. Normally pet owners avoid buying such ferrets though Marshall Farm’s identification does not necessarily mean that the ferret is in bad condition. Also, do not forget to check the ferret for dry, flaky skin. This could be an indicator of medical problems ahead. Look at the eyes to make sure they are clear and not hazy.
On an overall basis, when choosing a new ferret, the chief consideration should be the health condition of the potential pet. A healthy ferret, in its general disposition, is found to be more playful, alert, and also curious. Its eyes are bright, its ears should be erect, and its movements should be smooth. Also make sure that there is no discharge of any kind from its ears, nose, mouth, eyes, anus, or sexual openings, and that its ears, mouth, and pads are pink and clean.
Check out Chapter 4 of our series.
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Chapter1: Where Did Ferrets Come From?
Chapter2: Is a Ferret Right for You?
Chapter3: How to Choose a Ferret?
Chapter4: How to Determine the Sex of Your Ferret?