Ferret as Pet: Pros and Cons

Ferrets make great pets. They are small, cuddly, and friendly.

Ferrets are adorable, playful and inquisitive pets however they do have highly specialized needs. We check out the crucial factors to consider you take into consideration prior to bringing a ferret into your family.

Whilst Ferrets are amusing and adventurous family pets, they need deceptively big quantities of take care of such small animals.

In particular, Ferrets require a big amount of time and training in order to avoid them easy to manage and to keep them out of mischief. Make certain to ask yourself these concerns before you bring that furry ferret home.

Ability to Care about Ferrets

Ferrets require ample quantities of space and a minimum of 2 hours of playtime outside of their cage each day. You will have to invest time in:

  • Ferret-proofing your home or at least some room of your home so your little fur-balls have lots of room to work out and explore without putting themselves at threat;
  • Supervised play when your ferrets are in areas of the home that have actually not been ferret-proofed;
  • Training your ferret — both behavioral (e.g. biting, dealing with, toilet training) and for mental stimulation (e.g. tricks);
  • Food preparation and regular feeding (2 to 4 times a day); and
  • Cleaning your ferrets cage and litter box.

How Many Ferrets Should I Have?

Ferrets are highly social animals and should ideally be kept in sets or groups for their mental health. Nevertheless, this means you will go through food and other resources faster, contributing to the cost of care. You’ll likewise have some options to make as to whether you desire male or female ferrets.

How Long Do Ferrets Live?

Ferrets can live till they are 10 years old, with the longest living ferret making it to the ripe old age of 13 years. If you aren’t sure what you will be carrying out in 10 years time, think about adopting an adult ferret or promoting a ferret instead. There many ferret rescue organisations and this can be an excellent chance to give a ferret a brand-new life.

Will They Suit My Family?

Typically speaking, ferrets and very young children do not blend well, as ferrets tend to bite if they are not handled gently. That being stated, ferrets can make fantastic family pets for families with older kids offered they are monitored and demonstrated how to correctly handle them.

Ferrets are a flight danger and will make a mad dash for any open entrance to get away. If you prefer to keep doors around your house open then a ferret is possibly not suited to you home. Similarly, ferrets love to get underfoot, so if your home is a high traffic area or has family members who are at threat of falling, then again these fur-balls may not be right for you.

Lastly, ferrets cannot really be trusted with smaller sized pets such as mice, rats and even bunnies, if these family pets are currently part of your family then a ferret is most likely not ideal. By the same token, cats and dogs probably cannot be relied on around a ferret, especially without supervision, even ‘friendly’ felines and dogs can risk harming a ferret during rough play due to their size benefit.

Right Equipment for Ferrets

You ferret will need a specialized enclosure to hang out in. This ought to be indoors as they are very vulnerable to heatstroke. You may also require a harness for walks, along with the essentials such as food and water bowls, toys to have fun with such as tunnels and bags and a hammock or sleeping bag for rest-time.

In some locations ferrets are not allowed, such as California and Hawaii in the US. In other areas a licence is required to own a ferret. Make sure to inspect the policies and laws regarding ferret ownership in your local state or the American Ferret Association.

Can I Keep a Ferret if I Am Renting?

You will need to ask approval from your proprietor or strata committee prior to buying your new ferret and bringing them home. If your property owner is concerned, you can consider providing an extra pet-bond and a legal arrangement to treat the house for fleas on departure.

Can I Afford a Ferret?

There are some standard costs with all family pets, such as food, bed linen and toys. Nevertheless, feeding your ferret can be expensive, as carnivores they require need a specialized diet and lots of raw meat.

Regardless of their little size, veterinary bills for a ferret can be just like that for a dog or cat. If you are not planning to reproduce, your female ferret should be de-sexed or she will stay on heat and establish a fatal anemia. Males get aggressive and stinky if not desexed and will have the tendency to urinate or mark all over throughout mating season. Cost for de-sexing varies, but is around $200-$300.

Ferrets also require yearly vaccinations against distemper (they will require 2 vaccines a month apart initially as sets). They are likewise accident susceptible, will often eat things they should not and will require preferably half-yearly medical examination with their Vet. This can all add up and you will more than likely be looking at similar expenses to owning an outdoor cat.

Adrenal Gland Disease and Insulinoma are 2 diseases typically seen in older ferrets, and they include significant veterinary bills. While lifestyle options made while they are young can mitigate the possibility of your ferret establishing these conditions. You need to be prepared for pricey vet expenses as your ferret ages.

Travel with Ferret

Travelling with ferrets is most likely not something you would do frequently however if you have to make obtaining from A to B as smooth as possible, evaluate our list of helpful pointers here.

Ferret boarding is somewhat specialized, so not all locations will board ferrets. If you do get a family pet sitter, they will require regular checks and playtime while you area away, so you could be taking a look at $40 daily when you disappear, unless you have good friends or family who can take control of your animals care.

Conclusion

Ferrets make fantastic pets and will amuse you for hours with their play. If you do choose you have the time, money, space and resources to offer one of these lovely ferrets a home, you will thoroughly enjoy the experience.

If you choose that ferrets are right for you, consider embracing from a rescue or shelter. Make sure to check out Pet Finder, the biggest online directory of rescue pets, as there are always lots of ferrets on the lookout for their fur-ever home.

There are many ferret breeders out there, however unfortunately for every ethical breeder there are numerous backyard breeders too. Regrettably these backyard breeders to not give a toss about reproducing healthy ferrets and numerous yard breeders are so notoriously bad that individuals associate particular problems such as breathing issues and cardiac arrest. If you opt to buy a ferret from a breeder try follow these easy actions to ensure that you do not get stung:

  • On the day ask to see the moms and dads and living conditions (do not give the breeder warning). If they don’t want to let you look at the parents or living conditions on the day, walk away.
  • Can you deal with the moms and dads? Or do they bite, have poor quality coats and overgrown nails? Do not pass the breeders promise, find this out for yourself!
  • Ask around ferret interest groups, has anyone else gotten ferrets from that breeder? What was their experience?
  • Go the breeders house (take someone with you), if they wish to meet elsewhere hang up the phone and try someone else.
  • Does the breeder have a waiting list? If the breeder has 20 ferrets for you to pick from and a lot more en route, potentially not the very best individual to buy from.
  • Are the ferrets immunized? Regrettably some dishonest backyard breeders will lie and state that their ferrets have actually been vet checked and vaccinated. Request for a vaccination certificate from the vet. If the breeder has vaccinated himself or “lost it” get in your automobile and repel.
  • How old is the set? 10 weeks is the minimum age a package need to be cost to ensure they have been effectively weaned from their mom. Any younger and you must as soon as again leave.
  • Does the breeder have a desexing agreement? Ethical breeders do not want to see people breeding unwanted litters and will make you sign a desexing agreement!
Reyus Mammadli
Having engineering and medical education, in recent years actively engaged in the study of the development, reproduction of domestic animals. Special attention is paid to the treatment and prevention of diseases of Pets.
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  1. Reyus Mammadli author

    I don’t know how you can keep a ferret at home. This wild animal should live in nature, not in artificial conditions.

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    1. Reyus Mammadli author

      I also think that the ferret is quite a clever predator and it is better to leave them free. Advantages and disadvantages of keeping this animal at home… More cons than pros, in my opinion.

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  2. Richard

    I was at a friend’s house and his ferret was climbing on me. After that on clothes there was a strong smell. I washed the sweater 2 times, but it smelled. Probably, my friend does not take care of the animal, so it smells strongly.

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  3. Silvia

    I simply got a ferret 3 weeks back and OMG … why didn’t I own one previously.

    What can I say … I enjoy ferrets, however never in a millions did I think I would own one, at first I thought they belong to a rodent family, so I wasn’t too crazy about that.

    Likewise black footed ferrets are threatened, they are wild so you can’t own them, but you can get micro-ferrets or a routine ferret from a pet shop or a good breeder.

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  4. Priscilla

    If you have a good job, your own place and are willing to check out their care and health problems, yes. Ferrets aren’t cheap pets. Purchasing them is the least expensive part. Veterinarian costs are high and good food is pricey, too. You can save money in the long run by feeding them well, however over all everybody must have a minimum of $500 in the bank for emergencies. More would be much better considering that ER check outs range around $1,000-$5,000.

    You’ll want to own your own home, otherwise you are at the mercy of a property manager that can change his mind at any time. Or offer it to another person who can choose he does not want pets. If your ferret ruins your carpet, a minimum of it’s * your * carpet.

    You require a good task and your own transport so you can spend for vet bills, get them to the veterinarian in an emergency situation and don’t have to wait up until payday to deal with a disease. Waiting is never a good concept with ferrets. They are small and go downhill very quickly.

    Take some time to research study what * really * is good food. In general, anything you see advertised all the time is NOT good food. The companies are spending all the money on advertising and not putting it into the food. Today my favorite is Orijen cat/kitten turkey & chicken. Great deals of meat-based components. Well balanced raw is best, however once again you need to research it to ensure it’s well balanced. They require a mix of meat, bone and fat.

    Also research what sort of trouble they can enter. There is a ferret proofing article on my shelter site, as well as a lot of details on the Internet if you go searching for it.

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  5. HomeSitter

    Well, they are a mixed bag of techniques! just like a cross between a dog and a cat. They take a bit of perseverance in training and ferret proofing your home however most significant concerns of all is cost and care! They are truly the happiest animals you’ll ever see Bounding, playing, running every which method laughing into a war dance before speed bumping to rest a minute. They play as difficult as they sleep and are diurnal up when their Norma victim are up. So if you have birds or rodent pets, beware or it will end up being a play toy up until they break it! They will take and bring off they can get their paws on and are curious to a fault understanding how to get into things but not out! they will make you paranoid about things they might consume and you end up being a poo expert and monitor it carefully. They normally are NOT cuddly unless they’re sick and at that point you probably require to see a veterinarian. I know it seems like a great deal of work but it kinda is nevertheless, as soon as you make a regular and they discover it, it gets more simple and simply plain enjoyable. There is no way you can stay mad at them for more than a few minutes as they will do something silly to make you forget what they simply did. I ‘d take a ferret over a cat ANYDAY!:-D.

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  6. Karl Poe

    My moms and dads had a male ferret and he was truly friendly and if you keep the cage clean, then they don’t stink. He utilized to play with my dog, chases him around your house and we’ve even taught him to offer kisses.

    But it also depends upon the individual.

    I think a big part of figuring out if ferrets are the right pet for you is to see if they fit into your lifestyle. The most typical reason people surrendered their ferrets were since they became excessive work or the owner didn’t feel they had enough time. Will you be home enough to hang around with them and make time to get them out of the cage? Will you make time in the future if your way of life changes? They ought to be out for numerous hours of playtime a day in a ferret proofed area, as they can be very damaging and get into whatever. This can be rather more challenging if you have animals that view them as prey, as you will need to constantly monitor. You also need to reserve time to change their bedding/litter and keep their cage clean to keep the smell under control.

    One other things individuals often forget is to ensure you economically able to manage them due to the fact that they do need routine veterinarian care, which can build up as they age. Adrenal problems prevail in ferrets, so an owner must likewise have the ability to pay for the surgery to eliminate the adrenal gland and drug therapy later on if suggested by their veterinarian.

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