Is a ferret the right pet for you?

While ferrets are not for everyone, they can make great pets for the right owner. They are affectionate and bond with their owners, quiet for a large part of the day, and there are few pets as playful as ferrets. If you are considering a ferret, learn more about how ferrets make good pets.

Can you trust a ferret?

Generally speaking, ferrets and very young children do not mix well, as ferrets have a tendency to bite if they are not handled gently. Finally, ferrets can’t really be trusted with smaller pets such as mice, rats and even rabbits, if these pets are already part of your family then a ferret is probably not ideal.

What to know about ferrets as pets?

Can I leave my ferret alone for a week?

Ferrets make excellent pets for people who have the time for them, and who bond well with animals. Ferrets are naturally quiet, friendly, inquisitive, intelligent, and companionable. At certain points in the day, they are also exceedingly active and capable of getting themselves into trouble unless they are supervised.

Can you sleep with a ferret?

Ferrets need to be allowed out to play for at least an hour or two every day in a room that has been ferret-proofed. Young, healthy ferrets can be left alone for a weekend with a dependable water source and enough food to last the time they are unobserved, but it is safer to have someone check on them daily.

Do ferrets poop a lot?

Is it cruel to keep ferrets as pets?

There isn’t a right answer to this question because it depends on the owner. You can let your ferret sleep with you on the bed. It is extremely adorable to snuggle your little fuzzy the entire night, but I wouldn’t recommend that. I am a little paranoid I will hurt my ferrets when I roll over the bed and squeeze them.

How many years do ferrets live?

Another very important concept, and one that I often have to remind ferret owners of, is “Don’t be a stool-gazer.” This means, don’t ascribe too much importance to an individual poop. Most ferrets will poop three or four times a day.

Is ferret poop toxic?

That said, ferrets who are kept in a cage all the time can become unhealthy. They must have some free time to explore and run around every day. Although very friendly, ferrets are not recommended as pets for young children, as they may bite or scratch if handled roughly. Male ferrets are larger than the female.

Can ferrets eliminate cats?

5 – 10 years

Where do ferrets go to the bathroom?


How do ferrets usually die?

Be aware that ferrets can shed Salmonella and other germs. Avoid contact with animal poop and urine because it can make you sick. Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water after feeding or cleaning up behind ferrets.

Can a ferret eliminate a human?

Can humans get parasites from ferrets?

Although ferrets are smaller than most cats, they do not behave like prey. Ferrets are predators just as cats are. The ferret is just as likely to hurt and eliminate a cat as a cat is likely to hurt or eliminate them. Ferrets are predators and act as such, which is one of the reasons why these two pets can generally get along.

Do ferrets learn their name?

Why does my ferret stare at me?

The majority of ferrets prefer to go to the bathroom in a corner (you may have the occasional oddball who squats in the middle of the floor but that is the exception to the rule). When a ferret needs to go the bathroom, they will stop what they are doing and urgently search for their potty corner.

What does it mean when ferrets lick you?

Unfortunately, some illnesses, even cancers, can strike suddenly. There may have been a barely noticeable drop in their health when they become rapidly very ill. Liver or kidney failure, brought on by old age or completely some underlying disease, is a common cause of death in elderly ferrets.

How do ferrets show affection?

Some 425 ferret attacks on people were reported in California, Oregon and Arizona from 1978 to 1987, according to a report by the California Department of Health Services. Ferrets have been outlawed in California since 1935 because if they escape they become predators of chickens and other small animals.

How do ferrets see humans?

Ferrets can carry bacteria and parasites such as Campylobacter, Salmonella, Giardia and Cryptosporidia in their intestinal tract and spread them to people cleaning their cages and litter boxes. Ferrets can also be carriers of ringworm fungus, fleas and scabies mites that can infect their handlers.

Are ferrets smelly?

Ferrets will surprise and delight you with what they can do and learn. They recognize their name, respond to verbal and visual commands, and can even learn to do tricks. Ferrets can also be litter-box trained.

How long does it take for a ferret to bond with you?