How do I care for ferrets in freezing weather conditions?
Marie says: Although ferrets will develop a winter coat which is a lot thicker and, in some cases, a little darker, they are not overly keen on the winter months and can find the cold very uncomfortable. If your ferrets are living outside you should consider purchasing a few snuggle safe heat pads. These are ideal for the colder nights and, once heated in a microwave, they can keep the bed area warm for around six hours.
It is also a good idea to top up your ferrets’ sleeping areas with lots of cosy blankets (avoiding any home-knitted or long pile ones that may hook onto their nails). Fleece throws, vet beds or even an old duvet are perfect. It is important to check your ferrets’ water bowl each morning and evening to remove any ice build-up. Replace the water with some lukewarm water for you ferrets to enjoy.
If you have chosen to house your ferrets in an outdoor aviary or large set up, it is worth considering attaching a sheet of Perspex over the mesh doors to keep the damp and cold air out. It is likely you will find your ferrets will not want to go out for many walks during the cold and windy days; instead, they will most likely appreciate some cuddles and play time. Like us, ferrets do also eat slightly more in the winter, so always choose a high-quality ferret food, such as James Wellbeloved, to ensure they are getting the best nutrients.
Marie Pavaday-Pillay – Behaviour & Training Specialist – Small and Field Animals at Wood Green, The Animals Charity
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