What you need before taking your kit home.
- Adequate housing that is safe for a kit. Make sure the cage bars or wire isn’t too far apart for a kit to get out or worse, get their head stuck. Have a hammock set up for lounging. Click here for housing ideas!
- Litter. Wood pellets, dust extracted shavings, megazorb or whatever you prefer. But no rock or clumping litter.
- Raw meat. We feed our kits raw from 3 weeks of age and expect you to continue on with the feeding of raw at least once a day, preferably more. A well fed kit is a happy healthy kit.
- Dry kibble. Keep dry kibble down 24/7. We feed Merlin Ferret Food.
- Toys. Ferrets love to play. And war dance! LOL. Jingly balls, tunnels, dig boxes, ball pits, toys dangling from a string. You can make loads of your own toys with your imagination. Boxes are always a hit here with a few holes cut in.
- Bowls. You probably want a heavy ceramic bowl so the kit doesn’t tip the dry kibble out. Although not necessary it is a good idea.
- Water bottle. We use water bottles and your little one will be used to a water bottle but we also use heavy bowls too. It is your preference really.
- Veterinarian. Make sure you have a vet near you that knows a bit about ferrets and is confident in treating them. Especially if you are wanting to vaccinate.
- Ferret proof. Block up holes and remove foam/rubber items. Many ferrets have a liking for foam and rubber items and if eaten, it could cause a blockage. Stair cases should be enclosed or blocked off so the kit can’t jump or fall off from a height.
When you get your kit home.
Bringing home your new kit is an exciting time but you have to remember, it is also a big transition for the kit. Although we do our best to prepare them for the move, it is still a big wide world to such a little kit. Don’t overwhelm him or her. Take things slowly and make sure you are reassuring the little one. Although we socialise them with kids, cats, dogs and indoor noises like the vacuum, all the different smells and the journey will have them a wee bit unsure.
Give them a couple of days to settle into their new cage and get used to the sounds and smells around them. Cuddle them and talk to them so they start to recognise your voice. After a day or two and you think they have settled some, slowly introduce them to the play area. If it is indoors, only let them explore one room at first. Taking things slow with your kit will help them with their confidence and make the transition far smoother.