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If you're thinking of getting a ferret, our member Bigsis7 has some great advice to consider and follow to begin life with a pet ferret. She's a multiple ferret mom who also loves bunnies. Read this through to get to know what a ferret's needs really are:
Hi! Alright first off a ferret should never be kept in a hamster cage! It's way to small! Here's some good information about keeping ferrets as pets and supplies you need to care for them:
Cage: Ferret Nations are AMAZING!! I love them! A FN 141 will fit 3-4 ferrets. Cost: $140 (check local craigslists for a cheaper one)
Food: Innova Evo, 8 in 1 Ultimate, Totally Ferret, are great kibbles. Cost: $10-25 (also check out raw diets and commercial raw diets)
Litter: Sheets of newspaper, Yesterday's News, and wood pellets (not shavings) work well. Cost: $8-15
Litter box: Don't use the corner litter boxes! Marshall's lock litter box works well. Cost: $8
Bedding: Ferrets love hammocks and should have at least two in the cage! Cost (for 2): $15-20
Treats: Ferret tone is great to have around! Cost: $5
Toys: Toys are a must have! Ferrets need a lot of enrichment, so make sure to have a lot of toys around! Cost:$10-20
Books: Ferrets for Dummies and Ferrets by Vickie Mckimmey are must haves!
Some other things that are nice to have around are pet safe cleaners, air freshners, and paper towels!
Another thing to think about are vet bills and costs. At least once in a ferrets life (unless you get a ferret from a breeder this may not apply) you'll have to spend $800+ on vet bills all at one time. They also need yearly vet visits. Here's about how much I pay a month for three ferrets:
Food: $35-40 (raw meat diet) Per ferret= about $14
Litter: $0 (I use sheets of newspaper)
Misc. (toys, damage, etc.): $5
So in all I pay $40-$50 a month. Here are some websites to check out:
Ferret need at least 3 hours of play time a day, too! They get bored easily and can get into something dangerous! Ferrets are not cuddly animals either (most of the time)! They like to run around and play. Since I'm guessing your ferret is young, he's going to be hyper and may nip you a few times. If you feel like you can't handle a ferret post him up for adoption on the above sites, but craigslist is usually not a good site to rehome pets.