Originally Posted by KaiyasMom
1.) What do you feed your ferret? Is it correct that they need 35-40% protein and 15-20% fat!
2.) What if I cannot find a ferret food in my area that provides that? Can I feed a more expensive kitten chow containing 40% protein and 18% fat?
I'm sure you've seen this thread
it is a ferret food comparison that give you an idea of what is & isn't good to feed. I will find the exactly percentages for you & get back to you on that one though (my brain is drawing a blank right now)
but I do believe those #'s are right. Yes you can feed a high quality kitten food if you are unable to find ferret food though. Most ferret owners actually mix ferret food with kitten food. I personally use a mixture of 8 in 1 ultimate ferret food and natural gourmet kitten food. My ferrets love it & haev no problems on it.
3.) What toys do ferrets like?
anything they can hide in. blankets, towels, pillow cases etc. some of them also like balls & mice. Actually they are a lot like a cat in the aspect of toys. They especially love plastic bagsg or anything that makes a crinkly sound and long tubes (like an acordian dryer tube) and also boxes. It doesn't matter if it is upside down or on its side or right side up... they will play with it for hours.
4.) Is pine bedding OK for ferrets?
I answered that above in the litter/bedding question
5.) Tips on ferret proofing a trailer anyone?
I live in a trailer as well
gosh how would I explain this one... where is your ferret cage located in your trailer & what part of the trailer are they allowed to run when out of the cage? I section off the hallway using a baby gate (I started out with a solid board though untill they got used to not trying the hallway anymore) so they are not allowed in the back of the home which is where the bathroom, bedrooms & furnace closet are. So when they are out they have the living room, kitchen, dining room & foyer to play in BUT only when we are out there to supervise them
The best way I can think to secure areas is for you to get on your hands in knees & think like a ferret (nosey & determined to fit in the smallest of holes) if the head will fit likely the body will too. make sure there is no styrofoam or rubber they could get into as these are surely going to be investigated by them & it could cause blockages in their intestines.
6.) Flea control? Specially sold ferret flea stuff in pet store as opposed to flea color
I would talk to a vet on this one... I have been fortunate enough to not have to worry about fleas but I believe you can use kitten advantage on them, like I said before doing so call the vet so they can check out the severity of the infestation. Fleas can cause anemia in ferrets.
7.) Should the ferret wear a collar and be leash trained?
Collars on ferrets tends to be a picky issues with many ferret owners. Lukily that hasn't been an issue on Paw-Talk
Some people use them while many others don't.
I personally don't use collars on my ferrets BUT I di have them leash trained so I can take them outside when weather permits.
This is what I use for my ferrets:
it acts as a harnes yet is fully adjustable to fit all of my ferrets
[quote]8.) Any neccesary vaccination?
Yes they require all the same vaccines that a cat requires for the most part, I believe I posted about that in another thread, let me go look & I will reference that here for ya.
9.) Anything I missed?
No matter how hard you try you will likely never know everything
Oh yea... this is your only warning... ferrets can be addicting! lol
If I think of anything specific I will let eya know