If you are a new ferret owner, it is vital that you provide them with all the best ferret supplies they need to stay happy and healthy. Here are our top recommended ferret products for first time ferret owners. Are you new to ferrets and feeling a bit overwhelmed? We’ve got you covered. Check out our Ultimate Beginner’s Guide to Ferrets to learn everything you need to know about this amazing and often misunderstood pet. Ferret Supplies for the Home: Making your ferret feel safe and comfortable at home should be your first priority. Make sure to budget for the following items: Cage A single ferret requires a cage that is a minimum of 3 feet wide x 2 feet deep x 2 feet high (according to Ferrets for Dummies). You should look for a cage with solid floor and bars with no more than 1 inch spacing. Read our in depth recommendation on ferret cages here. Food and Water Dishes Credit: Lauryn Zisler Ferrets are notorious for knocking things over. This includes a lightweight food or water bowl. We recommend finding a set of heavy ceramic bowls that they are unable to move on their own. Make sure to place them on the bottom of the cage so they cannot fall and injure your ferret. You can also opt to buy food and water bowls that attach to the cage. Many ferret owners have had great success with these as well. Litter Box and Litter If you read our Ultimate Beginner’s Guide to Ferrets, you know that ferrets need a lot of time outside of the cage. If you allow your ferret to free roam (after ferret proofing!), you will need to buy litter boxes to place in each room. Which litter should you use? Some people prefer recycled paper litter or pine pellets. We have tried both and recommend potty pads. They are much easier to clean and will produce less odor. Check out our in-depth review of the most popular ferret litter here. Bedding Ferrets love to snuggle up in soft bedding. You can either buy fleece blankets or place your own old t-shirts inside their cage. Make sure to avoid fabrics that they can snag their nails in or complex pieces that might cause your ferret to get trapped. Hammock Ferrets love a good hammock. Technically, they can live without one but in our experience, ferrets prefer to snuggle up in a hanging bed. Tunnels I don’t know if there is anything on planet earth that ferrets love more than tunnels. The desire to ‘weasel’ their way through tight places is deeply instinctual. If you want to make your ferret happy, provide them with as many tubes as you can afford! We recommend collapsible tunnels to save on space. We recommend this collapsible tunnel that is easier to store when not in use. Toys @themodernferret What’s in your ferret’s stash? #ferret #tiktokpartner #gitup ♬ 7 rings – Ariana Grande As soon as you bring your ferret home, you will see how seriously they take play time! These goofy animal love to steal and stash little items and chase unsuspecting ‘prey’. The best thing you can do for them is provide safe toys to interact with so they don’t go looking for something dangerous! Healthy Treats Ferrets are incredibly intelligent animals (as we learned in How Smart are Ferrets?) and are the perfect candidate for training. If you find a healthy treat your ferret likes to eat, you will be able to train them to do just about anything! Most ferret owners use this. ESSENTIAL Ferret Supplies for Travel: Where you are planning to take your ferret on vacation with you or simply to the vet for appointments, here are a few essential ferret supplies we recommend: Leash and Harness View this post on Instagram 🏃♀️When are your ferrets most active? How often do you take them outside to play? #ferret #ferrets #ferretsofinstagram #ferretstagram #ferretsofig #ferretsareeverything #ferretlove #ferretgram #babyanimals #weeklyfluff #cutepetclub #exoticpets #petsofinstagram #toebeans #boopmynose #instagood #happy #smile #laughoutloud #therapydog #ilovemycat #ilovemyjob #petportrait #petphotography #instapet #smallpet #pocketpet #petstagram #petoftheday #pets_of_instagram A post shared by Moose the World Famous Ferret (@themodernferret) on Sep 17, 2019 at 3:05am PDT Do you plan to take your ferret on walks? You will need to purchase a harness and leash just like a dog. The more often you take your ferret on walks, the better they will get at it! Ferret Backpack View this post on Instagram 🚴♀️Ferrets have such a phenomenal sense of smell👃 -the little holes on the bottom of the backpack are everything for them! (Link in Bio) . 🚗We took this video on our road trip to meet Ellen in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin✈️. Because Sturgeon Bay is surrounded by water🏞️, the peninsula maintains a very cool temperature year around which makes it perfect ferret weather! . For me, this is probably close to what heaven looks like🌈 -spending my days taking my ferrets on adventures. Want the backpack? If you guys want to learn more about the backpack check our Link in Bio! 👉 @themodernferret . #ferret #ferrets #ferretsofinstagram #ferretstagram #ferretsofig #ferretsareeverything #ferretlove #ferretgram #babyanimals #weeklyfluff #cutepetclub #exoticpets #petsofinstagram #toebeans #boopmynose #instagood #happy #smile #laughoutloud #therapydog #ilovemycat #ilovemyjob #petportrait #petphotography #instapet #smallpet #pocketpet #petstagram #petoftheday #catbackpack A post shared by Moose the World Famous Ferret (@themodernferret) on Aug 2, 2019 at 3:06am PDT Ferret backpacks are a great way to take your ferret on errands and around the town. We personally use our ferret backpack to take our three boys to the park. But be prepared -a lot of people will come up to you to ask about that curious animal in your backpack! Potty Pads Credit: @zuzipelmeshka You can never have too many potty pads. Personally, we keep an entire pack in our car in case we need to travel last minute with the ferrets. It is much easier to maintain than litter. ESSENTIAL Ferret Supplies for Health Care Emergency Fund We recommend saving as much money as you possibly can in an “Emergency Ferret Fund”. This is because ferrets can suffer from very expensive illnesses. Aim for $500 Flea Medication Ferrets can get fleas just like dogs and cats. Whether they are kept indoors all day or have play time at the local park, they will be exposed to fleas. We recommend keeping ferret flea medication on hand to use at the first sign of fleas. First Aid Kit After our own ferret, Moose, got very sick last year, we decided to put together a ‘Ferret First Aid Kit’. We recommend every new ferret owner keep our top recommended items on hand at all times. Ferret Supplies You DONT Need: Sweet Treats: ferrets are incredibly sensitive to sugar (corn syrup too) so you should avoid products like Ferretvite at all costs. Yes, your ferrets will love the taste, but it is not worth the risk. Many in the ferret community worry that sweet treats cause diseases like Insulinoma. Cheap food: As we learned in Ultimate Beginner’s Guide to Ferrets, ferrets are obligate carnivores. This means they need to eat an all animal diet. If you cannot afford to feed raw prey, we recommend buying a kibble that is high in protein and very low in carbs. Most kibble marketed as ‘ferret food’ is very unhealthy. Check out our top choice for kibble here. Octopus tunnel: Recently, several ferret owners have lost their ferrets to this toy. The stitching is very unsafe and we recommend avoiding at all costs. Conclusion In conclusion, it’s important to provide your ferret with the very best supplies so they can thrive. Feel free to give your own ferret product recommendations below for new ferret owners. Here are the products we recommend: Ferret Nation CageSnap-on Food and Water BowlsLitter BoxPotty PadsBedding HammockTunnelsToysFerret Flea Medication Leash and HarnessFerret Backpack Looking for a reason to smile (who isn’t)? Check out 21 hilarious ferret photos submitted by people just like you. I promise it will make your day 🙂 Where do these submissions come from? We asked owners from around the globe to submit hilarious, cute ferret photos for our weekly Ferret Feature Newsletter.