The Ferret Owners Manual

TABLE OF CONTENTS

 

FIRST THINGS FIRST……………………………………………………………………………………………………………..1

FOOD……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..1

CAGE ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..1

FOOD AND WATER CONTAINERS ………………………………………………………………………………………………..3

LITTER AND LITTER BOXES……………………………………………………………………………………………………….3

VITAMINS ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….3

FERRETPROFFING……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………4

TREATS…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..5

COMMON BEHAVIOR…………………………………………………………………………………………………………….6

BACKGROUND………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….6

GEE, I HAVE TEETH!………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..7

THE FERRRET AS AN ADOLESCENT …………………………………………………………………………………………….8

ADULTHOOD……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………8

OLD AGE ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..8

GENERAL BEHAVIOR………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..8

VACCINATION REQUIREMENTS ………………………………………………………………………………………..10

TRAINING………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………11

LITTER BOX TRAINING……………………………………………………………………………………………………………11

BITING………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….12

DIGGING……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….14

GROOMING …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..15

BATHING ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………15

SHEDDING …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….16

TOENAILS ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..16

EAR CLEANING………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………17

TEETH CLEANING…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..18

ODOR CONTROL……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..18

TOYS………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………19

ADDING ANOTHER FERRET………………………………………………………………………………………………..21

FERRETS AND OTHER ANIMALS………………………………………………………………………………………..22

FERRETS AND CHILDREN……………………………………………………………………………………………………23

MYTHS …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..23

HEALTH TIPS………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..24

WHAT TO LOOK FOR IN A VET FOR YOUR FERRET ………………………………………………………………………..24

FLU………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………25

INTESTINAL BLOCKAGE…………………………………………………………………………………………………………..25

PROTRUDING RECTUM ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………26 FALLING……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….26

DIARRHEA/ECE …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….26

Duck Soup…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………27

HAIR LOSS AND ADRENAL TUMORS…………………………………………………………………………………………..28

HYPOTHYROID……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….30

ULCERS…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………30

FLEAS AND TICKS…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..30

HEAT STROKE………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..31

HEARTWORM…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………31

CARDIOMYOPATHY …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………31

INSULINOMA………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….32

HIDDEN DANGERS………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….32

LOST FERRET ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..33

DEAF FERRET ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….33

BLIND FERRET ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………33

FINALLY………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..34

 


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