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Frequently Asked Questions

General Knowledge
Ferrets as Pets
Health & Safety


General Ferret Knowledge

What is a ferret?

A ferret is a small, domesticated animal kept as pets by many people all over the world. They are especially popular in North America. They belong to the family Mustela putorius furo and they are closely related to the European Polecat. More information can be found in this Wikipedia article about ferrets.

Are ferrets rodents?

No. They’re not even related. In fact, ferrets perfer to eat rodents.

Where did ferrets originate?

The history of ferrets often seems to be in debate, however, most experts seem to believe ……………………………

What is a group of ferrets called?

A group of ferrets are called a business.

Are there any different breeds of ferret?

Ferrets as Pets

Do ferrets make good pets?

Yes, they make excellent pets. However, they’re not for everyone. If you’re considering getting a ferret for a pet ……………………….

Can you litter train a ferret?

Yes. Ferrets can definitely be litter trained, however, don’t expect perfection. Ever. They’re not like cats.

Can you have ferrets around children?

Yes. Although it’s generally advised that they shouldn’t be around babies and children beneath the age of ten years for the safety of the ferret as well as the child.

Do ferrets spray like skunks?

Yes, they can. However, most ferrets available in the U.S. have come from breeders who remove the ………. glands before shipping baby ferrets out to pet stores.

Is it illegal to have ferrets anywhere?

Yes. There are certain states in the U.S. where ferrets are still illegal in the entire state. There are also cities within states where it is illegal to keep ferrets. For an up to date list ……………………….

How much does a ferret cost?

Where can I get a ferret?

Health & Safety

Can you give your ferret a bath?

Yes, definitely. However, don’t expect ……………..

Are any common foods toxic for a ferret?

Yes. All chocolate …………………..

Can ferrets catch a human cold?

No. However, they can catch the human flu. The two illnesses are caused by different viruses.

Why do ferrets lose hair?

The ferret may simply be going through a normal period of shedding, which happens about twice a year. Thin hair is sometims caused by blackheads and need only a good washing to cure. A stressed out ferret may loose hair. ………….. The cause of loss of hair in ferrets may be as minor seasonal shedding or due to blackheads, perhaps stress, or may be something more serious such as adrenal disease. may be Ferrets loose hair for several different reasons. Twice a year …..?……… they shed their coat and regrow it.

How can you keep a cage from smelling bad?

Obviously, the most important thing is to clean the cage on a regular basis. You can also make sure you feed your ferret high quality ferret food. Good food in makes a huge difference when it comes back out.

Is it better to spay and neuter a ferret or not?

Yes, definitely! This is especially true of female ferrets because ………..

Can ferrets live together in a cage (males and females)?

Yes, definitely. Most ferrets enjoy the company of others regardless of gender.

What is the best thing to feed a ferret?

Choose a high-quality ferret food which is high in protein and fat and ……………..

Where can I find a ferret rescue group from which to adopt?

An up-to-date list of ferret rescue groups can be found at the American Ferret Association website.