What First Time Ferret Owners Should Know

 In Pet Care

It’s hard not to fall in love with a ferret when you first see one. These little guys are cuddly, smart, and have just as much energy as any dog. Despite their small size, taking care of a ferret is often a big undertaking. If you’ve decided that you need a ferret in your life, make sure that you know what goes into owning one so that you can give it the best home possible.

Ferrets are highly intelligent
You can teach a ferret to do a lot of things, such as simple tricks or using a litterbox. Their superior intellect also makes them more likely to get into trouble, especially when they’re younger. They’re prone to chewing at electrical cords or stealing small objects. They’re very resourceful about finding new ways to get what they want, so make sure you’re closely supervising them when they’re out of their cage.

Ferrets need a lot of exercise
Even though ferrets can sleep up to 18 hours a day, they’re far from lazy. Ferrets are hyperactive creatures that love exploring, running, jumping, and having fun with their owners! A healthy ferret needs at least 3-4 hours of playtime each day to prevent obesity and behavior problems.

Ferrets have a unique smell
No matter how much you bathe your ferret or clean its cage, it will always have a musky smell because of the scent glands in their skin. It’s not unpleasant to most people, but you should familiarize yourself with it before committing to owning a ferret.

Ferrets live a long time
Ferrets are not rodents, whose lifespan is typically only a couple years. A healthy ferret can live to be 10 years old.

Ferrets should be vaccinated
All ferrets need to be given a rabies shot. They are also at high risk for catching canine distemper from dogs. Make sure you’re regularly taking your ferret to a knowledgeable exotic vet.


Ferrets can be very affectionate companions to owners who treat them right. For more information about how to take care of ferrets and other exotic pets, contact us and we’ll be happy to answer your questions.