When most ferret owners visit their animal hospital for advice, more often than not, they want to learn about their pet’s diet. That’s a good thing! Your weasel’s diet has a huge effect on his overall health, so it’s important to make sure you understand exactly what he should, and shouldn’t, eat.
But, your ferret’s health isn’t all about what he eats. It’s about what he drinks too! Here is everything you need to know about the right way to water your pet.
Bowl or a bottle
Which is better, a bowl or a bottle? Well, they both have their merits.
If you’re looking for a simple solution, a water bottle is the way to go. Just make sure that you set it up properly in the cage. If it’s positioned too high or too low, your furry friend may refuse to use it.
Water bowls can get dirty more quickly, but many ferrets find drinking out of a bowl much easier. This is especially true of elderly animals.
If you really want to go above and beyond, consider using both a water bottle and bowl in the cage.
Choose the right water
Water is water is water. That’s definitely not true! Not all water is created equal, and some water is healthier for your ferret than others.
Tap water isn’t the best choice. That’s because it contains additives like fluoride and chlorine. Not only does it make the water taste funny, it can be bad for your ferret’s health.
Distilled water sounds like a good solution, but this isn’t the best option either. Although some additives are bad, there are many vitamins and minerals that are present in water that are healthy for both you and your furry friend. By distilling water, all those nutrients are left out.
So, what kind of water should you use? Filtered water is usually the best choice. In many cases, it’s the easiest as well. Most people drink distilled water at home, so filling your pet’s bottle or bowl with your drinking water is easy.
Keep it clean
No matter what kind of water you use, or what kind of container you use, it is important that you keep your ferret’s water clean.
Plan to wash the bowl out and replace the water at least once a day! For more tips, plan a visit with your animal hospital. Learn more here.