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Northamptonshire Animals Needing Nurturing & Adoption (NANNA)

Reg. Charity No. 1115238 Northamptonshire Ferret Rescue, Higglety Pigglety Farm Rescue Northamptonshire Newfoundland Rescue

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Ferrets

 
Ferrets are funny, inquisitive little creatures!

NANNA always have lots of ferrets throughout the year coming through our doors.
 

This is Me-me, named because she is always the first to come for a cuddle.

MEME passed away this year 2013 at the grand old age of 9 years old

RIP Little one xxx



Nearly finished new area for the ferrets


PLEASE TAKE CARE WHEN RE-HOMING FERRETS
THEY NEEEEED ATTENTION
IF YOU ARE TOLD THEY DON'T BITE!
BE CAREFUL BECAUSE ALL FERRET CAN BITE ESPECIALLY IF THEY ARE NOT HANDLED ALL THE TIME.
It has been known for some re-homing centres to handle their ferrets before people come to see them, to get them tired and handled before you arrive. When they have then arrived at their new forever home, the very next day they have bitten their new owners.
This is not good practice so if you are not too sure go back and see them again, if they nip you then remember the next time could be a bite!
HANDLE - HANDLE - HANDLE
It's the only way to keep them friendly!
General Care Of Your Pet Ferrets

First and foremost your pet ferrets want plenty of attention it is not fair to just pop their food in and leave them, they are very sociable animals and love human company, play time is essential to their well-being. The bigger their pen the better allowoing exercise and toys to keep them active, is essential to their wellbeing.

Feeding
All our ferrets are fed on James Wellbeloved complete ferret food or Chudley Ferret Food, we recommend that you leave a bowl in their pen at all times, they like to graze and enjoy finding food always available.
You can try them with treats such as a bit of cooked ham, ours are very partial to prawns (not too many though as they are high in colestral).
Some ferrets like cucumber, strawberries and adore ice cream. Water must be available at all times, a small drink of LACTOLITE milk is also a lovely treat and soon gone!
Remember small amounts of treats is the key, to much of any treat is bad for the ferret.

Bedding
The softer the better, ferrets love to snuggle up in fleece, you should change the bedding every week, this will help eliminate any odours. NANNA ferrets love hammock and cozy beds, in the winter they snuggle up all together in bads and during the summer they stretch out on the hammocks!

Toilet Area
Ferrets are very clean animals and will only soil in one place in their hutch. To train them indoors, they will usually pick their spot, usually in a corner, all you need to do is to put newspaper down in that place and hopefully your pets will soon get the idea, you can always put them onto the paper if you catch them before they go. You know when they are about to go because they start backing up with their tails in the air.

Cleanliness
It is best to only bath ferrets for shows as too much can dry the natural oils in the coat.
Ticks and fleas (there shouldn’t be any unless your pet manages to escape and picks them up from outside) can be treated with Frontline available from the vets.
Ear mites are treated with a drop of Frontline on a cotton bud and wipe inside the ear. Just a tiny drop though!

Another cheeky face!
NANNA Rehoming Policy for Ferrets
Nanna will only rehome our ferrets in pairs, this is so they have companionship.
We neuter all our ferrets and microchip them and some will have had their distemper vaccinations.
Remember these are pet ferrets not working ferrets and it has cost NANNA over £60 per ferret, on average, to come through our doors, so a minimum donation will be asked for.
Our ferrets are in large outdoor runs with warm sheltered housing and we would prefer them to go to something similar, we will not allow them to go to a hutch, so please don't ask!



DO FERRET SMELL?
Unneutered hobs (males) stink, but once neutered they have no need for their strong aroma to attract the girls, so they loose most of this unpleasant side effect and smell a lot better!