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Getting ready for your new ferret

You've made the decision to bring a new ferret into your life, but you're not sure of the essential items that you'll need or how to ferret-proof your home. Well, we have some information to help you make a smooth transition for you, your ferret and other members of your growing family! Ferret-proofing your home. It's best to designate an area that's free from tiny holes or spaces that your ferret could easily get in, but if you want your ferret to have free reign in your house, there are a few things to keep in mind. * Cover all tiny openings around refrigerators, appliances and cabinets. The wires, fans and insulation under appliances can be fatal to your ferret if they come in contact with them. Remember, if a ferret can fit their head into something, they can fit their entire body into it. Try using child-proof locks on cabinets that contain hazardous chemicals and sharp objects. * Keep all plastic bags, cloth, paper products behind closed doors. Ferrets like to chew on these items and they could cause intestinal blockage if swallowed. * Remove all houseplants or cover the dirt with rocks or wire mesh to prevent digging or chewing on poisonous plants. * Be aware of your ferret's location when playing on furniture or beds. Ferrets like to burrow and you may cause bodily injuries by accidentally sitting or laying on them. There are many toys and accessories available for ferrets, but the essentials are listed below: * Marshall Premium Ferret Diet - a diet that is made specifically for ferrets and is high in nutrition * Wire cage with safety lock - size should be comfortable for a ferret to play in. Cages with multi-levels are highly recommended. * High back litter pan  - ferrets like to back into corners before they eliminate waste. * Biodegradable litter Many pet stores use cedar or pine shavings as litter and bedding, but it is not recommended, because it has been associated with allergies and respiratory problems in ferrets. Our premium ferret litter is excellent for odor control and it is dust-free and biodegradeable. * Water bottle - ferrets need a fresh water supply every day. * Lock-on feeding dish or gravity feeder - ferrets are free-feeding animals so it is important to have fresh food available at all times. * Sleeping hammock, tube or sack - ferrets require more sleep than many other pets due to their fast metabolisms so it is necessary for them to have a safe and cozy environment to snuggle in.. For more information on ferret tips and care, we recommend Training Your Pet Ferret by Gerry Bucsis and Barbara Somerville.

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