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Ferrets are small, domesticated animals that are often kept as pets in the United States. They are generally low-maintenance pets, sleeping up to 18 hours a day. Daily exercise is required, as they have a lot of energy when awake. Basic ferret supplies include a cage or crate, litter, food, and toys.
A ferret’s cage should be large enough to hold the animal’s food and bed and for the ferret to freely move. The structure should be made of small-spaced wire or steel and include a solid bottom for holding litter. A cage with multiple levels and ramps can help entertain the pet and alleviate boredom. While, the cage ensures that the animal does not damage household items or consume any harmful materials while unsupervised, it is beneficial for the ferret to have daily playtime outside of the cage.
Ferret supplies should also include proper bedding and litter. They like to burrow and need some sort of separate bed, whether that is a small hut, a box, or a hammock hanging from the top of the cage. Ferrets use litter much like a cat, and the ferret’s cage can be lined with cat litter. Litter that clumps, emits dust, or is made from any type of wood shavings is not recommended. A water bottle can be hung from the side of the cage rather than in a bowl, as ferrets tend to play in the bowl and spill more of the water than they drink.
Food and treats are crucial ferret supplies. The animals have very specific protein needs in their regular diet, so a high-quality, ferret-specific food should be used. Food can simply be given in a small bowl attached to the side of the animal’s cage. A ferret should never be given dog food. Treats can consist of small bits of fruit or peanut butter, and should be using sparingly so that the ferret is still hungry enough to eat the protein-filled food.
A few safe toys should be included in ferret supplies, as ferrets love to play. Small animal-friendly toys can be purchased at a pet store. They enjoy tunnels, or anything in which they can hide, plush toys, balls to chase, and any toy that encourages exercise and enjoyment. Toys should be free of small parts that could be chewed off and swallowed. A loose ferret should be closely monitored, as the animal’s natural curiosity makes it prone to exploring any and all areas of a home.