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Have you considered Ferrets as Pets?

Taking care of a ferret requires a bit more understanding and work than with your “average” pet. Unlike a dog or cat, a ferret cannot be left unsupervised and requires a substantially larger cage that allows the ferret to roam around comfortably while you are away.

When it comes to getting ourselves or our children a pet, most of us think of a playful puppy or fuzzy kitty. Chances are few of us think about “adopting” a ferret.


Ferrets are curious creatures that are quite fun-loving and totally lovable. They also adapt fairly well to apartment living making them “ideal” if you’re looking for a pet that’s easy to take care of.

The domestic ferret is adorned with opulent fur, which varies in color from off-white to dark brown. There are also albino ferrets, whose white fur fades to yellow over time and with age. Then, some recent cross breeding offers a “new” breed of silver-furred ferrets.

Ferrets as Pets – Tips

Experts suggest ensuring that the litter box is solid and securely attached to the floor of the cage so that it doesn’t accidentally get knocked over while the ferret is “exploring” and playing.

Ferrets do also need time to roam free. In fact, it is recommend to allow at least one hour of supervised exercise daily. But, they suggest airing on the side of caution, since their curious nature can cause them to go exploring or to wander off and potentially getting hurt. Also, because they are relatively small and lightweight they can easily burrow into small spaces. Keep a keen eye on your ferret’s activities and cover any holes, cracks, or other crevices and small spaces.

Ferrets, under the proper care and supervision can live to be 10 years old. Experts remind ferret owners (or want-to-be owners) that ferrets are carnivores and should be fed high quality, dry cat food. Also, they should occasionally be offered small chunks of veggies or fruit, and bathed once a week using a mild shampoo. And, don’t forget to clip the claws periodically.

Finally, find a good vet and remember to keep up with regular visits and annual check-ups.

For more tips about ferrets as pets, there’s a lot of info on the Humane Society website here >>