Ferrets love to explore, however they have no homing instinct, so make sure if you are taking your ferret outside, they are on a lead.
It's important to know your ferret's habits. When do they wake up? What time do they go to sleep? What time is their favourite time to play? Knowing these behaviours will provide you with a clear indication about their health.
For a home ferrets need a safe, secure and hazard free environment. They love to explore and chew, so make sure any wires or poisonous foods are kept well away from their home or any exercise areas. Ferrets are very agile and love to play and jump around, their living areas should reflect this by having enough space for two or more ferrets to comfortably play, forage, hide, toilet, groom and also have their own areas to rest or mark.
Ferrets will also need a place to rest, such as a hammock or nesting box filled with dust free bedding. Ferrets will sleep for up to 20 hours a day so this area needs to be kept clean and comfortable. Ferrets have a very short digestive system so need to have access to a suitable toilet area such as a litter tray as they will need to go to the toilet within 15 minutes of waking. This needs to be kept away from any play or sleeping areas and will need to be cleaned out daily.
A group of ferrets is known as a "business".
On average a ferret can live from about 6 to 8 years but some have been known to live as long as 11-12 years.
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