Spain is a fan of dogs. It is, without a doubt, the favorite pet of all Spaniards. After them come the cats. But, did you know that ferrets also occupy an important place in our homes
This animal is very playful and mischievous and everyone who has one recognizes that it gives a lot of life to anyone. This is one of the most striking characteristics that make them want to have it as a pet.
What you should know about ferrets
-It is a hunting mammal. In their natural habitat they feed on rabbits and small mammals such as mice and moles, but when they live with people their diet changes.
– The digestion of the ferret is very fast (approximately 3 hours) and as it has a very high basal metabolism, they should not fast for more than 4-5 hours. Ideally, they always have food available
-There are different types of ferrets that, depending on the breed, can change their color and coat.
-The males do not exceed 45 centimeters, while the females reach 40 cm and weigh between 1 and 2 kilos.
-He has a loving and extremely friendly character, especially with children.
-To take good care of a ferret, it must be at a temperature that does not exceed 30 degrees and avoid drafts. They recommend using well-ventilated cages with water always available. The tray for the sanitary substrate is essential, it is recommended that it be high-backed and that its four legs fit on the same base.
-You should not bathe your ferret puppy until he has finished his vaccination schedule. Every month you can give him wet baths, taking care not to wet his ears. The water must be lukewarm and it has to dry completely.
-All ferrets need to be vaccinated against the distemper virus and rabies.
-They have a life expectancy of between 5 and 8 years, although they can reach up to 12 years of age.
-They reach sexual maturity between 4 – 8 months and the breeding period is from March to August. The ferret is seasonally polyestric (several heats during the breeding season) and induced ovulation (ovulates when mating). The gestation of this species lasts about 41-42 days and the litter can range between 1 and 18 pups, lactation will last between 6-8 weeks although the pups will start eating the mother’s food between the 2nd and 3rd week of life.