How to find a reputable ferret breeder
Good ferret breeders should be pleasant, honest, and direct with you about the responsibilities of having a ferret as a pet. They don’t want to give their ferrets to just anybody. As you research ferret breeders, use this list as a guide for finding a good breeder:
- Try to get references from people who’ve bought kits from the breeder, and be sure to check those references. If a breeder won’t give you references, beware.
- If geographically feasible, travel to see the breeder’s facility to get a sense of how the ferrets are kept. Also, you don’t want to buy a ferret sight unseen!
- Ask the breeder about his motivation for breeding ferrets. A good breeder might say that he or she is breeding ferrets to improve the species’ temperament and health.
- Ask the breeder about vaccinations and vet schedules and any illnesses he has encountered with the ferrets in his ferretry. Make sure, if you purchase a kit, that you get a written health guarantee from the breeder. An adoption (or purchase) contract should be available for you to see ahead of time.
- A good breeder will offer after-sales support. Ask if the breeder is willing to chat with you when you call with a question regarding your newly purchased baby.
- Ask about what happens if the ferret doesn’t work out for you. Will the breeder take the ferret back? A responsible breeder will do this.
Signs of a healthy ferret
When choosing a ferret as a pet, it’s very important to find a healthy and happy one to bring into your home. This list shows you things to look for when shopping for your new fuzzy family member:
- Fur is soft and shiny, and there are no patches of missing fur.
- Eyes are clear and bright.
- Eyes, ears, and nose are free from any discharge.
- Underside of the ferret is clean and healthy looking and has no signs of diarrhea.
- The ferret is inquisitive when you approach and may be jumpy and playful. He does not cower or run to a hiding place.
Information for your ferret sitter
Whether you leave your ferret in the capable hands of a pet sitter or you use a boarding facility, this list explains the information you need to provide for your ferret’s caregiver:
- The phone number where you can be reached and the name of the people you’re staying with
- An emergency phone number (or two) of someone close to home, such as a friend or relative
- Your veterinarian’s phone number and address
- The emergency clinic’s phone number and address
- A supply of necessary medication and instructions on how to medicate your ferret
- Written description of each ferret and each ferret’s personality (attach a photo next to each description to be extra helpful)
- A list of do’s and don’ts
- An adequate supply of food
- Written instructions on feeding
- Instructions on how to clean up after your ferrets, supervise safe playtime, and watch for signs of illness or injury
Ferret first aid kit items
It’s essential to keep a first-aid kit handy that is made especially for your ferret. Be ready for any ferret emergency by including all of the following things in your ferret first-aid kit—and don’t forget to replace used items:
|Adhesive bandage tape
|Prescription feline a/d
|Pediatric Liquid Benadryl
|Petroleum jelly (such as Vaseline)
|Hairball preventative (Petromalt or Laxatone)
|Can of prescription feline A/D
|Can of strawberry or vanilla Ensure
|Rubber or latex gloves
|Chemical heating pack (portable heat for the young or sick ferret)
|Small plastic atomizer
|Chicken or lamb baby food
|Styptic powder or bee’s wax
|Cotton balls and cotton swabs
|Light Karo syrup or NutriCal
|List of any medications your ferret is currently taking