When it comes to owning a pet, there are a couple of popular options that we all know about.  The majority of people in the United States have probably owned a dog or cat at some point in their lives.  There are other pets however, that are also quite popular.  One of the pets that has really been catching on in recent years is the ferret.  People love these furry little creatures because they are cute and playful.  There are some things to keep in mind though before rushing out to get one of these little fellows for your home.

Although they are small, these animals can be quite a handful for their owners.  They are not the kind of pet that you can buy and then forget about.  Of course, no animal should be neglected, but ferrets in particular enjoy interacting with their owners and having a daily opportunity to run about and play.  It is often recommended that people who own a pet ferret spend a minimum of one hour each day playing with their pet. 

Unfortunately, some people do not do any type of research before purchasing an animal to keep as a pet.  There are many homeless ferrets today.  They are paying the price for owners who did not realize that their new pets would require them to spend time socializing with them.  Often, these people did also not realize that ferrets can live for up to eleven years and require veterinary care at times.  This of course adds to the expense of owning the animal.

Assuming that you are ready to take on the responsibility of owning a ferret, there are some basic supplies that you will need to purchase before you ever bring the animal home.  Certainly, one of the most important things that you must buy is a ferret cage.  A proper cage should have plenty of room for the animal to run and play.  These often have several levels which can make the most of the cages vertical height.  Trying to save money by purchasing a cheap ferret cage is usually a mistake.  Some ferrets will look for ways to escape.  They have a natural urge to explore which can often lead them into trouble.  Top quality cages will help to prevent this from happening.

Another thing to consider is the fact that ferrets obviously will have to be fed.  The best course of action is to get the advice of your veterinarian, but there are foods made specifically to meet the nutritional needs of pet ferrets.  Some experienced owners find that a top quality dry food made for kittens will also serve quite well.

There is a lot to learn about these  little animals.  They can make wonderful pets, but owners must realize what they are getting into before they buy their new pet.  If you do get a ferret, take steps to provide a loving, safe environment.  Pay attention to your new friend and give it plenty of love.  Before long, you will come to appreciate the frolicsome fun that a ferret can bring to your home.