Making Sure Your Baby Ferret Grows Healthy

Having a baby ferret in your house also means added responsibility. But being prepared and knowing the things to do could really save yourself a lot of headaches and assure your new kit (young ferret) a life of happiness ahead. You do need to take these things into consideration.

Kits usually stay with their mother from their birth and up to 6 weeks. During this time, it is advised to let them be alone. Just provide the food for the mother (also called jill) and leave her kits alone. By the time the kits are 3 to 4 weeks old, they will start crawling out of their nest box on their tummies. Most of them are still blind and their ears are closed. The jill would normally bring them back to the nest box where she is sure that they are safe and protected. Jills are very good in keeping their area clean, so you don’t need to worry about it during this time. When the kits are already older, the jill would be happy to let owners see her kits, just remember to be mindful of her reactions to know if she is allowing it or not.

So if you got your kit from a pet shop, a ferret shelter, or from a breeder, chances are, your kit is at least 7 weeks old. They are still in their growing stage and this is where you need to start giving them extra attention. Let us start with the food that they could eat.

The first thing you should think about is that it is their first time to have solid food, so you would want it to be soft and not to hard for them to eat. With this in mind, you could provide them with finely chopped cooked meat, to make sure that there are no parasites, shredded cooked chicken meat, and soaked ferret food in warm water for 5 to 10 minutes; all mashed to make a soft paste that is easy for them to eat. You could either provide these foods separately or mixed in small quantities.

At first, it might not be easy for them to eat as they still need to learn how to eat it. Just give them enough time to adjust themselves. They are used to have their food provided to them by their mother, and weaning them to eat the food we provide definitely takes time. You should also provide them with water as they need drink as much as 100 to 150 ml of water per day.

After their meal, you could train them to stay in the litter box so that they know that they should stay in there for a while after each meal they take. And that’s the time that they could go to their cozy sleeping area to take a nap.

Take down notes of your kit’s progress every day, how many hours they sleep, how much food that they take in, what food did you give them, how much water they consumed, check to see if their stool is normal, are they active when they are awake, and other small details that you could take note of; then you could go to your veterinarian to check with them if your ferret is doing fine, based on the observations that you have written down. If they give you a good sign, then you could be sure that your kit is going to live a healthy life ahead of him.