MEET THE FERRET
Ferrets are known for their long, slinky bodies, their boundless energy, and their curiosity. They are the well-loved clowns of the pocket pet world!
8 - 10 years
Good With Kids
Time Needed Outside Cage
Human Interaction Needs
One ferret: 15 - 20 cubic ft
Two ferrets: 20 - 30 cubic ft
Three ferrets: 30 - 40 cubic ft
Critter Nation cages are easy to clean, customize, and move around. Plus, they come in both single and double sizes depending on how much room you have and how many ferrets you want to keep. Feisty Ferret Homes and My First Home Deluxe cages also work well if you have less space for a larger cage.
Wire-sided cages are preferable because they provide plenty of ventilation and options for climbing.
Bar spacing should be no more than 1” for adult ferrets.
All cage floors, ramps, and levels should be solid or covered with fleece since standing on wire can cause injuries and bumblefoot.
MNPPR strongly recommends avoiding all wood-based beddings due to the general sensitivity of pocket pets. We like to use fleece to line the cage and cover any exposed wire floors, then use unscented paper bedding as litter placed in a litter box. Ferrets are very smart and can be trained to use a litter box, which makes cleaning even easier.
at least one shelter/hide
unscented litter (soft recycled paper
such as CareFresh, shredded paper,
or paper pellets)
Always keep your ferret’s food bowl full of high-quality ferret kibble so they can eat several meals throughout the day. Ferrets are obligate carnivores meaning they require a meat-based diet and cannot properly digest food that uses vegetable protein or has a high level of grains. MN Pocket Pet Rescue recommends mixing ½ Marshall’s Premium Ferret Diet with ½ Wysong ferret food to make the most balanced diet. If your ferret is overweight, they may need fewer treats or more exercise.
Ferrets have very specific dietary requirements, so treats should be fed with caution. Fruits, vegetables, and too much fiber can all make them sick.
cooked, unseasoned eggs
cooked, unseasoned chicken
cooked, unseasoned turkey
cooked, unseasoned lamb
Some ferret keepers choose to feed their pets a raw meat diet. If you are interested in exploring this option, you must first do extensive research and speak with your ferret knowledgeable veterinarian about if this type of diet is ideal for your pets and how to safely prepare and feed it.
All information shared by MN Pocket Pet Rescue is researched, up to date, and accurate to the best of our ability. We are not a licensed veterinary organization and do not intend to present ourselves as such. All educational material contains our best recommendations for care specific to each species. However, all animals are different and some may have unique needs. MN Pocket Pet Rescue does not assume any liability for the well-being of any animal not under our care. Always use your best judgment and follow veterinary recommendations whenever necessary. If you have any questions or find inaccurate information please contact us.