Can you help give these RSPCA ferrets a home?
PUBLISHED: 07:00 27 December 2017
Martlesham Animal Centre currently has 10 ferrets and a polecat-ferret hybrid all in desperate need of new homes.
The RSPCA Suffolk East and Ipswich Branch is currently overrun with ferrets.
The animals have all either been given up by their previous owners, found abandoned or straying.
The majority of the four-legged creatures have been named after popular pasta dishes and rice dishes.
Tom Patrick, pet supervisor at the centre, said: “We do seem to be overrun with ferrets at the moment and it would be great if we could find some loving new homes for them soon.
“All of the ferrets we have in our care are full of character and really would make wonderful pets for the right owners.
“Those looking for new homes include: Fettuccine, Tortellini, Ravioli, Penne, and Linguine all came in from one home as they were an unwanted litter.
“Then we have Basmati, Pilau, Paella and Risotto came in as they were abandoned. Rudolph and Phil the polecat-ferret was also found as strays.
“Ideally ferrets should be kept as pairs or more. They are very sociable animals and most tend to enjoy each other’s company.
“Although they may sleep for up to 20 hours a day, when they are awake they are highly active and inquisitive animals, needing regular change in their environment to prevent them from becoming bored.
“Most ferrets are very curious and enjoy exploring and investigating their environment. This means they need plenty to keep them occupied so they don’t become bored.
“There are many ways to keep them busy, for example giving them plant pots, tunnels and tubes, squeaky toys, hammocks to explore. You can also hide food around their enclosure for them to find, which helps stimulate natural foraging behaviours.
“Our ferrets are all very unique individuals but they all love to play, chase race around, play hide and seek, or just enjoy some fuss and a snooze.
“Ferrets can make wonderful pets and we would encourage anyone interested in taking them on as a pet to give us a call and we can provide more information.
“All our ferrets have been neutered, vaccinated and microchipped.”
To find out more visit the branch website, or call 0300 999 7321.