Q: does anyone have a ferret?
How are there behaviors and do they make good pets?
Sep 16, 2008
They do make good pets if you have the time to take care of them properly. They are very active and need a lot of time out of their cage, to run and play and interact with their owners. They can be nippy, so not a good choice if kids are involved. They are also likely to get into everything, so your home must be ferret proofed--they should not be able to get to electrical cords, into any small spaces, nothing should be left lying around that they could potentially eat, things like that. Free roam of the home unsupervised is a big no-no. They can be destructive with their claws and teeth. A plus is that they can be litter box trained. Many can be trained to be good with other pets in the home, but again, should never be left unsupervised. Ferrets have a very strong odor about them, something that turns many people off. Ferrets require all the routine care a cat or dog would. They should see a vet at least once a year for a physical. They need vaccines. Ferrets are horribly inbred creatures and suffer from several types of illnesses, adrenal disease being the most common. It may be hard for you to locate a vet that is comfortable seeing a ferret, so search for a vet before you even purchase the ferret. A board certified avian and exotics vet is the best. Speak with the vet on proper ferret care--do not rely on the Internet or books purchased from a pet store as your main source of information!
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Sep 17, 2008
We have one! He's a GREAT pet, but as Michi5 already said, they do require a LOT of special care and time. We have an unheard of harmony among our pets so he gets along great with both our cats and dogs, but I can't say that would be the same for everyone. It really just depends on what you mean by "do they make good pets?", but the main things to keep in mind before getting one are: they have to have time outside of their cage EVERY day, they steal ANYTHING that they find interesting, and they can and will get into EVERYTHING that is not completely closed off to them. A great ferret book I highly recommend is The Simple Guide to Ferrets by Bobbye Land. And they don't "stink" but rather have a musky odor. I know a lot of people don't like it, but it's faint, doesn't spread through the house, and it doesn't bother us a bit. If you have any questions, just send us a message and we'll be happy to help!
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