Part 1:  Ferret Care FAQs for Beginner Ferret Owners

Ferrets are becoming a popular choice for pet these days. The growing number of ferret owners is evident even though there are several states in the US where these animals are prohibited. As the population for pet ferret rises, ferret care FAQs have been asked to us by some people who are new to ferret care. Below are the frequently asked questions about pet ferrets and the best answers we could provide from the experts in ferret care.

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Ferret Care FAQs and their Answers

  1. Q: What is the best breed for ferret as pets?

A: In terms of personality and temperament, all ferrets, even different in colors, are all the same. The most common type of ferret is the sable which looks like a raccoon because of its black mask in the face. But in terms of preference, according to pet store owners, many are looking of the albino white ferret because of its pure white color, red eyes, pink nose, and pink foot pads.


  1. Q: How would I know if my ferret is ready to mate?

A: You will notice that the female ferret’s genitals become large and swollen and protrude very near their anus. For male ferrets, their genitals will look like it is lieing low from their body. Male ferrets will also undergo behavioral changes, somewhat like a rutting period. In this stage, they become more aggressive and are messier and could smell a bit foul. They will sometimes rub their body in their urine and will mark other places as well to show territory.


  1. Q: How many ferrets should I get?
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A: The answer depends on your capacity to care for them. Some owners prefer just one ferret to be able to easily keep and maintain them, but ferrets are clingy animals and are better when they are in pair. If you only have one ferret, it would most likely to cling for you for attention.

Having more than two ferrets at home will require careful consideration and planning. Ferrets are can be very rowdy at times and they are very energetic, if you think that you can care for three or more ferrets, then it is up to you. Just always make sure that each of them will be taken care properly.


  1. Q: Do I really need to put mys ferret in a cage?

A: We recommend that you put them in a cage when there is no one left to monitor them when you are out of your house. Ferrets are curious animals and they can damage things around your home. Also, in some cases, the curiosity of ferrets leads them to danger or they might escape your house which poses more danger for them.

Provide them with a spacious cage if necessary so that they can move around freely. You can decorate their cage for their amusement and comfort. Bear in mind that ferrets need at least 4 hours of playtime outside their cage. This is important to their well-being. If you can play with them during those hours, the better, as this could help you build trust and bond between them.

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  1. Q: Why are they so violent?

A: The kind of violence they show towards humans, other ferrets, as well as to other animals are in fact, their normal behavior. This is their form of cuddle and playtime. For humans, ferrets would nip on their caretaker’s toe which means they are seeking for attention, would like to do something, or just simply want to cuddle up.

During mating, the male ferret shows violent behavior which is normal in their mating process. They would bite the female’s neck but with the intention to stimulate their hormones for ovulation.

When they fight with other ferrets and show some amount of violence by flipping another ferret over and including biting them, this means they are proving who is more dominant and who ever flips a ferret more becomes their leader.

There are still many questions to answer and we will discuss that on the part 2 of this article.


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