Is Keeping Ferret As A Pet A Good Option?

Pet lovers are mostly fond of cuddly furry animals for keeping as pets. Starting the list from dogs to cats, it continues with rabbits, guinea pigs, hamsters, and now ferrets are also added to this list. With being domesticated by more than 30 thousand US households, ferrets have made their place on the popular pets list. But if you still don’t know about ferrets, then you must check out this article. 

Here, we are going to talk all about ferrets and keeping ferrets as pets. So, without wasting any time let’s jump into it. 

What Are Ferrets?

At first look, you might think of ferrets as big rat species, and most of the pet stores also keep ferrets products in the rodents category. But in reality, ferrets are meant to hunt rodents like mice, rats, or rabbits and eat their fresh meat. 

Despite looking like big rats, ferrets are actually closely related to polecats. Ferrets are mammals that belong to the same genus of weasel, or Mustela. Their fur is typically brown, black, white, or mixed. And they can grow up to 20 inches in their 7 to 10-year life span. 

Ferret As A Pet

Though the domestication history of ferrets is uncertain, it is assumed that humans kept ferrets for hunting rabbits for more than 2 thousand years. In some areas of the world, people still keep ferrets for hunting. But in the USA, people are most likely to keep ferrets as pets and have a fun time with them. These furry animals are very active and playful which makes them very enjoyable pets. Ferrets might be very cute and cuddly, but they do have some mischievous behaviors like stealing things, chewing rubbery elements, and also finding themself new hiding places. So, whenever ferrets are out of the cage you have to keep a close eye on them. 

Although ferrets are very chaotic and turn your house into a battleground, they are the quietest pet you can ever have. Apart from making some cute sounds, Ferrets don’t make any noise. So if you are not noise-friendly, then ferrets may suit your pet’s criteria. 

Also, this black-footed animal is an ideal pet for busy pet owners, as ferrets sleep for about 20 hours a day. So, you can go out and work tension-free, as your pet ferrets are not waiting for you at the doors like other pets. But once ferrets are awake you have to give them a big enclosure to play around in and release their curiosity. It will be better to treat ferrets more like small dogs and train them for house life. But remember one thing, keeping ferrets at home needs really good maintenance, and they also remain a fact that they smell bad. 

So, if you want to take one as your pet, you have to be very committed to the ferret’s daily routine and cleaning. However, Ferrets are widely available at any pet store or rescue center so you can easily take over one as a pet if you’re ready to take the responsibility. 

Final Verdict

That’s all about ferrets and their pet facilities. Hope this article quenches your curiosity about ferrets and you will like to have one for yourself. Follow this mentioned advice and you’ll be more than ready to welcome a ferret as a pet in your life. 

Murphy Bernier

Murphy Bernier

Murphy Bernier is a New-York based freelance writer, professional blogger and certified dog trainer. She networks shelter pets to help them find homes and volunteers for rescue groups as she is passionate about dog rescue and adoption. From a very early age, she developed extensive animal handling skills from her dad, and that’s where her love for animals started.

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