New ferret owners are sometimes overwhelmed by the sheer number and variety of ferret supplies and ferret accessories they are often told they need. Still, you will, unfortunately, likely need to make a significant outlay to get everything you need to keep your ferret healthy and happy. So it pays to found exactly what you really must have, what you don’t necessarily need, and ways to save money on the essentials.
The absolute essential ferret supplies and accessories you’ll need are:
- A wire mesh cage with at least two square feet of floor space per ferret.
- Pet carrier. Your ferret will need to see a veterinarian at least once a year and probably more often in that critical first year. You’ll need a sturdy pet carrier to transport your fuzzy.
- Ferret bedding. Because ferrets love to burrow and snuggle up when they sleep, they need cozy bedding. Whether it’s an old blanket or t-shirt or a swinging hammock, comfort is the key here.
- Ferret food. Whether it’s canned, dry, or even whole prey, it’s best if you choose food specifically intended for ferrets so that it meets their needs for a high-protein, high-fat, low-fiber diet.
- Food and water containers. These should be heavy and durable to resist tipping. Many ferret owners prefer to use non-drip water bottles.
- Litter box and non-clumping, dust-free litter. Remember that ferrets love to dig, so choose a corner-fitting box with high sides. Non-clumping litter is essential to protect ferret health as the clumping variety can play havoc with the digestive system.
- Hygiene items. Shampoo, brushes, combs, nail clippers, toothbrushes, toothpaste, ear washes, vitamins, and supplements are every bit as important for your ferret as they are for your own health.
- Harness and leash. Your ferret needs to be out of the cage for several hours each day. One way to keep her busy is to take her for a walk in the great outdoors. The harness and leash will help her explore the world safely.
- Protective devices. Pet gates, electrical-outlet covers, door latches, and similar products are frequently overlooked by new owners, but they are essential for keeping your ferret (and your belongings) safe.
- Ferret toys. While many new owners consider pet toys frivolous items, they are necessary for keeping your ferret entertained and active – and away from your stuff. (Pet ferrets are incorrigible thieves.)
These are the essential ferret supplies and ferret accessories. Soon, we’ll talk about the best places to get said supplies.
If you’ve seen those articles that detail how much it costs to own a ferret, keep in mind that they usually list the top-of-the-line models of each item. As with most things in life, there are ways to get ferret supplies at fairly low cost – yes, even for free.