What do I need for my first ferret?
What supplies do I need for my first ferret?
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What you need
- Ferret Nation cage
- A high quality air purifier
- Fleece bedding - get it on Etsy! The bedding you'll find at Petco, Petsmart, etc. is all junk. I have pulled all of the best ferret bedding from Etsy on the marketplace. Also check below for my "essentials" list
- Litter boxes (1 for each large level in the cage)
- A car carrier (for trips to the vet, etc.)
- Puppy pads for outside the cage
- Food and water bowls
- Water bottle - this is a little controversial. Water bottles have 2 main problems: first of all, they can damage ferret's teeth, since they were designed for rodent incisors. Second of all, which is actually more important in my opinion, but is rarely mentioned, is just the fact that they don't provide enough water. Can you imagine having to quench your thirst drop by drop? Especially if they're eating kibble or dry food, they won't be hydrated with just a bottle. However, I still recommend putting a bottle in their cage as a backup. Some ferrets like to dig water out of their bowls, or let's say you get in an accident and unexpectedly aren't home for a few days and they finish the water in their bowl. It's better for them to have a bottle as an emergency backup than nothing.
- Safe toys
- Healthy, quality food
- Healthy treats
- Some kind of "soupies"
Your health and emergency kit
- A kitchen scale - weighing your ferret regularly is important. If you ever suspect that they're sick, tracking their weight is the clearest way to see that something is wrong.
- Nail clippers - I recommend this pair. Don't get a tiny pair just because they're a small pet. Larger, sturdier cat clippers work better; you can be more precise if you're able to hold them comfortably.
- Corn starch or styptic powder - to stop bleeding quickly
- Unflavored pedialyte - in case they ever get dehydrated
- Chicken baby food (Beech Nut) - for emergency feedings
What you don't need
- Vitamin paste - mostly sugar, these do more harm than good
- Paper bedding - this is for rodents, not for ferrets
- Marshall food - don't listen to the pet store employees. This food sucks
- Dangerous toys - soft plastic, small parts that they can swallow
- Collars - these are dangerous, your ferret can injure itself if it gets stuck
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