Best Care of Your Female Ferret

Best Care of Your Female Ferret

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Best Care of Your Female Ferret

Getting a ferret as a pet is becoming more and more popular in the United States. Over six million ferrets are kept as pets at this time. However, almost half of them end up abandoned at some point in time because many owners do not know exactly what is involved in ferret care. Before acquiring your first pet Ferret, make sure you know what you’re getting yourself and your pet ferret into. You don’t want your new-found friend ending up in a ferret shelter!

While ferrets do make wonderful pets,

With all the love they have to offer. However, it is important to know that they are rather high maintenance. Their natural instincts are curious and very intelligent; in fact, it has been said that ferrets are even more intelligent than dogs and cats. This means that they have a higher propensity for getting into situations that could harm them, though, so a ferret requires much attention and constant supervision when out of his cage.

If your ferret is a female,

There are specific care requirements that are important to know. Female ferrets are induced ovulators. This means that it is an animal that stays in heat until it is bred. Ovulation takes place after the female is bred. Induced ovulation does not need to become pregnant in order to ovulate, however; it just needs to mate.

Cats are also induced ovulators.

Unlike its feline friend, however, the female ferret can become very ill if in the heat too long. The unaltered female in the heat for long periods of time is prone to severe anemia. Additionally, when a female ferret is in heat, her immune system is lower and she is even more susceptible to infections. Ferrets, unlike many other domestic animals, are capable of catching a cold or the flu from their human companions. Furthermore, they can pass their colds or flu along to humans with whom they come into contact. A ferret with a cold will display the same types of symptoms as you do when you have a cold: runny nose, sneezing, etc. Because ferrets have this capability, it is important to handle them minimally when you are not well.

Back to ovulating!

Due to the inherent health risks associated with the female ferret, many ferret breeders spay females before they are sold. They may hold a few back in order to sell to other ferret breeders; but for the most part, it is just safer to take care of business early. This is usually done before a female reaches six months of age – the time when she would normally experience her first season of heat.

Should your female ferret become pregnant, you will be the lucky winner of a litter of up to 10 kits. During pregnancy, it is important that your jill is fed a diet rich in protein in order for her to maintain good health and produce healthy kits. In later pregnancy, not only will she need extra protein but also extra calories in general. This will give her the energy and nutrients she needs to nurse her kits for several weeks. Ferret breeders are typically well versed in the complicated practice of breeding. Due to the incredible risks involved in the breeding process, this is definitely not a task that should be taken on without ample information and preparation.