Hey guys, I just published this article on how to care and raise a ferret, but wanted to share a short-and-sweet version with the community here, I hope this is allowed
How To Take Care of a Ferret
Taking care of a ferret is unlike anything you’ve experienced before. If you have the illusion of chilling with your favorite TV series while petting your ferret – forget it!
Just like any other pet, ferrets have their ups and downs. Even though they’re differently kept, it’s nothing more or less complicated than other pets. The only important thing is that you know what you’re doing. Like this, everything will be fine, you will be prepared, and you’ll know what to expect.
Having Ferrets as a Pet
Ferrets have two modes.
The first one is sleeping, usually most of the day. And the second mode is a tiny little full-blown energy monster! In this second mode, your ferret will need all of your attention since it will want to play, jump, and run around your home.
Before purchasing a ferret as a pet, you need to ask yourself the following questions:
- Am I ready for a long-term commitment of 10+ years?
- Do I have enough time to pay attention to my ferret everyday?
- Is my household safe and appropriate for keeping a ferret?
- Do I have enough financial resources for any health issues that my ferret might have?
- Do I have the proper knowledge and education on how to take care of a ferret?
- Am I able to provide quality food to my ferret?
- Am I able to adjust things around the house?
- Are there any other pets or children in my house that might harm/be harmed by the ferret?
- Is it legally allowed to own a ferret as a pet in my state or country?
How Much Do Ferrets Cost?
Depending on the type of ferret you choose as well as their family like, they can cost anywhere from $50 to $300.
As a responsible owner, I would recommend that you avoid purchasing ferrets from breeders and ferret mills. Instead, adopt a ferret in need or purchase a ferret which is not the product of excessive and unnatural breeding.
Not only is this more humane, but it will also ensure that you’re getting a healthier and happier ferret.
And one last word of warning when we’re on the topic of costs – know that the cost of actually buying the ferret is not the only expense associated with owning a ferret. You will have many additional costs (just like you would for any other pet) including vaccinations, food, cage, ferret-proofing your house, toys, vet costs, carriers, etc.
Are Ferrets Good Pets?
If you’re equipped with the right knowledge, tools, and space, YES! When kept properly, ferrets as pets can become the most loving and fun creatures to have around.
Some ferrets might need a while to get used to your home and the people in it, but once they’re familiar with their surroundings, they will become happier and more affectionate.
A word of warning – be especially careful if you have other pets in your house because bad things can happen. If you already own a pet that’s larger than a ferret, they can hurt or harm it (accidentally or not). On the other hand, remember that ferrets are carnivores, so they will see any smaller animals in the house as prey.
If introduced early on, ferrets can actually make great friends with other pets in your home. However, make sure that also the other pet returns this friendship. If you’re planning to keep the ferret in an area with other pets, introduce them slowly and carefully, and always be there to supervise this friendship. Until you’re completely sure that both sides are peaceful and playful, as opposed to aggressive or jealous, do not leave them alone!