Things to Think About Before You Get a Ferret (Or Any Pet)

The top three reasons people give for leaving their pet with an animal shelter or rescue group – not enough time, moving and can’t have pets, or they’re having a baby.

If any of these changes could possibly be in your future, now may not be the best time to get a new pet.

Before making the decision to get a ferret, read and learn all that you can about them. is a good place to start.

Understand that ferrets require:

  • Daily time out of their cage in supervised play.
  • Annual veterinary checkups and vaccinations.
  • A clean, comfortable and safe cage with hammocks or sacks for sleeping.
  • A plentiful supply of premium, high quality ferret food and fresh water every day.
  • Lots of human interaction from you.

Before you adopt a new pet is the time to think:

  • Does a ferret fit your lifestyle now as well as the future?
  • If you rent, does the landlord allow ferrets?
  • Does everyone in the household want a ferret? What would happen with the ferret if the relationship should change?
  • Are you capable of providing for the ferret financially and emotionally should the ferret get a serious illness or have an accident?
  • Are you prepared to continue caring for the animal once it is no longer a cute baby, once the newness wears off, or once the animal becomes an elder?

Adopting a pet is a long-term commitment. Think before you act!