Focus on Ferret Sitting By Sheila G.
ferrets? If so, it is the responsibility of the ferret
At some time, most ferret owners will have to owner to ensure both their and the sitter’s
confront the issue of needing a ferret sitter, and ferrets have current distemper and rabies
not everyone is fortunate enough to have family vaccinations and are ear mite free.
or friends who are capable and willing to care
for our precious critter families. During these
times people will often turn to FRES for Who will be the primary caregiver for
assistance. As the holidays quickly approach we your ferrets? Will other individuals be handling
want to clarify the role FRES can and cannot your ferrets? Who will be supervising the other
play in assisting you in your search for the right handlers? How much hands-on time will your
ferret sitter. ferrets receive?
In simple terms, FRES policy states: What supplies will the ferret sitter require
FRES does not provide ferret sitting for from you? Will you need to supply the cage,
members or the community. However, we do food and litter? If not, will there be an
maintain a list of individuals who are willing to additional charge for them to provide these
provide this service. This list is stored on the items? If the sitter is providing the food, is it
members section of our website. If you do not food your ferrets are familiar with and does it
remember your username or password, please meet their nutritional requirements? What treats
contact our webmaster (firstname.lastname@example.org). will the ferret be given and will these be
provided by the sitter or the owner? Stipulate
which treats are and aren’t acceptable.
FRES does not screen the suitability of
potential ferret sitters. All individuals who state
an interest in becoming a sitter on their It is a good idea to make an itemized list
membership forms are added to the ferret sitter of all supplies taken to the sitter’s house to
list. ensure items are returned upon your return.
It is the responsibility of the individual You should notify your veterinarian as to
seeking sitting services to determine whether who will be caring for your ferrets and for how
the ferret sitter has the skills and experience long and provide the sitter with the vet’s contact
required for their particular ferret(s). The details. Make arrangements to cover the
standard of care can vary from home to home. expenses of any medical emergencies which
We suggest you meet with the potential ferret may arise by leaving your credit card number
sitter PRIOR to the time their ferret sitting with your veterinarian and/or chosen emergency
services will be required. clinic. Include specific instructions regarding
cost limitations and how to contact you.
FRES recommends you address the
following issues with a potential ferret The most common fee charged by ferret
sitter: sitters is $5 per day per ferret. Sitters may offer
discounts for FRES members or multiple ferrets,
How much experience does the ferret or charge extra for administering medications.
sitter have? (i.e. multiple ferrets, biters, special The service fees should be addressed and
medical needs, etc.) agreed upon prior to initiating the ferret sitting.
Though this list may not be complete for each
Where will your ferrets be kept and is individual its’ purpose is three-fold:
the area ferret proof for your ferrets?
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Will your ferrets be exposed to other
Focus on Ferret Sitting cont.
1. To clarify services provided to FRES FRES website (www.ferrets.ca). Members
members. seeking and/or offering sitting services are
encouraged to use this contract as a safeguard
2. To provide ferret owners with a starting for themselves and their ferrets.
point to better screen potential ferret sitters.
In past years, ferret sitters have been in high
3. To provide both parties with an opportunity demand during holiday times therefore, we
to ensure issues are addressed prior to recommend you contact ferret sitters well in
accepting the contract. advance of the time you will require their
FRES has designed a ferret sitting contract for
use by our members. This contract is available If you have any questions about ferret sitting,
for download from the members section on the contact FRES @ 403-567- FRES (3737).