The mink belongs to the family of Mustelidae and it is closely related to the weasels, otters and ferrets. The adult male mink can grow up to twenty four inches in length and can weigh up to 2. 2 pounds while the adult female mink can grow up to twenty inches in length and can weigh up to 1.32 pounds however farm bred minks can reach up to 7.1 pounds in weight due to the diet and food supplements the breeders give them. Minks in captivity have an average lifespan of five to eight years but with proper care and handling they can live up to ten years maximum. Here are some tips to consider on how to care for a pet mink.
Mink as Pets
Minks even though domesticated and have been bred in captivity still possess their wild side. They are aggressive and can bite when agitated. They can be kept as pets but you need lots of time, patience and experience to tame these creatures. They can be trained to use the litter box, not to bite and can be cuddled but this could be a difficult and tedious process, however if you are more than willing to allot your time, patience, love and attention then minks can be the perfect pet for you.
Food and Diet
Minks are strictly carnivorous and voracious eaters. Their diet in the wild consists of fish, other aquatic life, small mammals, birds and eggs however you can give your pet mink expired cheese, eggs, fish, dog food, turkey liver and commercial food. Make sure it is thirty percent animal meat protein and twenty two percent fats so that they will grow strong and healthy. Do not give your pet mink vegetables because this might cause gastrointestinal blockage and choking which may lead to their death. Feed your pet mink regularly because adult minks when hungry would eat younger minks and any live animal smaller than them.
Minks are generally shy creatures but very bold and ferocious when their curiosity and interests are motivated. They hate being kept in a cage or small enclosure and they easily became stressed and frustrated. These animals release musk or an obnoxious odor when they are stressed, frustrated, agitated, excited or afraid. They don’t easily get along with humans and other household pets but they can be taught to tolerate human interventions and can live peacefully with other pets.