Ferrets have a loving, curious personality. They love to get into anything and everything and they leave no corner untouched. This can be both an asset and a liability because they can get into dangerous things such as under refrigerators and in freezers. If left unsupervised, they are likely to chew wires and steal things. They're aren't called "nature's little thieves" for nothing! Their most favorite things to steal and hide are shiny things, so keep your car keys away unless you want them to disappear!
You must supervise this pet with children at all costs! As lovable as these pets can be, they have one little personality quirk about them: they love to bite. When they bite, they latch on for the ride and don't let go! Fingers and toes are favorites, but they will bite anything! Children aren't recommended to have them simply due to this fact. Older more responsible children, maybe. But young children never. These curious little critters are great for adults as well, so long as you know what you are getting into!
Lifespan and Weight
The average lifespan for this little pet is around 7 to 12 years. However, with the advancement of veterinary medicine, pets have been known to live up to 20 years and longer. The weight for this pet is around 3½ lbs.
As lovable as they are as pets, they don't come without their fair share of health problems. Some problems prone to ferrets include, but are not limited to Ear Problems, Inflammatory Bowel Disease, Cardiomyopathy. Lymphoma/Lymphosarcoma,Insulinoma, Heartworms, Adrenal Gland Problems, Hair Loss, Kidney Disease, Tooth Problems, Ringworm, Anemia, Skin Tumors, Cysts, Lumps, Abscesses and Hypertension.
Housebreaking and Shedding Factor
These animals use the bathroom in corners, thats the good news. The bad news is if you let them run loose in the house they can make a huge mess of themselves, plus the added frustration of adding one corner litterbox to every corner of your house can get tedious and time consuming, not to mention disgusting! Even if they are in their cage, its still no guarantee that they will use the corner you picked as their bathroom. Shedding isn't really much of a problem with this pet, you can brush them if you like, but do so with a soft bristle brush. And also, make sure they don't try to steal it from you.
Best Owner Compatibility
Not for young children, not for the frequent traveler, can be for the apartment or condo dweller, but be forewarned, they love to 'get lost' and burrow in everything! Best Owner has lots of love and attention to give and lots of toys for them to play with. You must ferret proof your house before getting a ferret!
Where to Buy
The best places to buy a ferret are from reputable breeders, animal shelters, and rescue groups.
Owning this type of pet does not come cheaply. The average cost can be around $120 to $250 for the ferret, PLUS another $120-$400 for the cage alone PLUS another $120-$250 for the first set of vaccinations. Routine veterinary care should be included in your budget. This doesn't include the added cost of food, toys, etc.
Usually not aggressive unless abused or neglected. However, their curious biting may be mistaken for aggression.
Usually not very noisy except with the occasional whine and whimper of curiosity.
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