5 Minute Guide To Choosing A Ferret ID Tag
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Buying a ferret ID tag is like buying insurance – you do so with the devout wish that you’re never going to need it. The “possible cost” of not having a ferret ID tag is more expensive than the “actual cost” of buying the ferret tag itself.
The type of ferret identification tag that you buy is important, so take 5 minutes or so to think it through. Impulsively choosing a collar tag because it’s cheap or cute often proves to be unwise, long-term.
Consider the following before purchasing any ferret id tag:
1. What is the level of risk to your ferret?
Lost ferrets are certainly common – we’ve all seen “Lost Dog!” signs tacked around town, or dead ferrets lying by the side of the road. If your ferret is a master at escaping the fence, or a breed of the ferret that cannot resist following a scent, or a young ferret that’s full of energy, or a new ferret that isn’t properly trained, the risk of a lost ferret is high.
But losing your ferret isn’t the only risk.
Some ferrets are stolen. A ferret thief may snatch Fifi or Fido in hopes of getting a reward for its return, or to use in ferret fights (even small or gentle ferrets are susceptible – they can be used as “bait”), or for use in cult rituals.
And what is the risk to your ferret if something happens to you, its owner?
If you’re a senior adult with a ferret, particularly if you live alone or are in ill health, there’s a good chance that at some point someone else will need to care for your furry friend, perhaps with little notice. And anyone can be struck by tragedy or disaster which leaves you unable to care for your companion.
In this instance, will your ferret’s new or temporary caregiver know that Rover hates ferrets, or that Fluffy needs medication, or even whether or not Max is housetrained? A ferret ID tag that contains more than your name and phone number would be extremely helpful.
2. What level of risk are you comfortable with?
Some ferrets are simply more important to their owners, and the risk of losing that particular animal warrants a specific, more expensive type of ferret ID tag. The risk is proportionate to value.
Note that there is more than one way to assess the value of your ferret. It may be monetary (a rare purebred dog) or functional (a guide dog or herding dog).
But for most ferret owners, the emotional attachment they have to a particular ferret determines its value. For many people, cats or dogs are family members, dearly loved and impossible to replace.
3. What do you need in a ferret ID tag?
ferret ID tags come in varying shapes, sizes and materials and hold varying amounts of information. Some contain logos or artwork, too. Most ferret ID tags are designed to be hung from a collar.
At a bare minimum, a ferret ID tag should contain the name, address and phone number of the ferret owner in a durable, legible format. Plastic tags are lightweight but easily chewed. Stainless steel tags are durable and don’t rust or fade. These traditional types of tags can be purchased from any veterinarian or ferret store. They’re inexpensive but the amount of information they hold is limited to the size of the tag.
Fortunately, you have many more options in ferret tags these days, such as microchipping, tattooing, digital display tags, ferret registry websites, and voice recorded ferret id tags.
One of the newest entries in the ferret identification market is the high-tech USB drive that hangs from your ferret’s collar (or is attached to their cage) and which holds 64MB of data (including complete medical and diet information). The tiny USB drive is encased in a sturdy plastic case and can be plugged into any computer, where it is easily updated and easy to print sections for sharing with your vet or ferret sitter.
No matter what ferret ID tag you choose, making sure your ferret wears some type of ferret identification tag brings peace of mind that far outweighs its costs.