What to Know Before Owning a Ferret

Ferrets are quickly becoming one of the most popular small pets because of their spunky, playful personality. They’re highly intelligent and energetic bundles of curiosity that require as much social interaction, playtime, and upkeep as a new puppy. Before you bring one of these little balls of energy home, there are a few things you should know.

They’re Illegal in Some Areas

Before you adopt, check with your local Humane Society to find out laws and regulations. If you live in California, Hawaii, New York City, or Washington DC, unfortunately these little guys are banned. Even if they’re legal in your state, there may be laws against them under your local ordinance, so do your research.

They Kind of Stink

If you’ve ever handled a ferret, you’ve likely noticed they have a naturally musky scent. However, with proper grooming and care, the scent can be controlled. To keep your ferret’s odor to a minimum, scoop his litter daily and wash his bedding and cage at least once a week. A clean environment makes for a clean ferret.

Ferrets should only be bathed once a month. Bathing more often will strip them of their natural oils and cause them to overproduce more and have an even stronger smell.

They Need Lots of Playtime

Ferrets are very social pets that do best in pairs or small groups. Consider adopting two ferrets so they will always have a friend to play with. Ferrets are incredibly playful, and not just with toys – they want to play with you! Your ferret should have at least four hours out of his cage each day, at least two hours of that should be spent interacting with you.

They Need a Good Cage

A cage not only acts as your ferret's burrow, it’s also his safe haven. Because there are so many dangers around your home – wires to chew, appliances to climb behind, cleaning supplies to get into, etc – it’s very unsafe to allow your ferrets roam around without supervision.

When purchasing a cage, look for features such a dual-locking doors, wire spacing large enough for airflow, but tight enough to keep them contained, and plenty of room. The Ferret Nation is available in Single Units, Double Units, and has an available Add-On Unit for extra space. It offers ramps, full-width double doors, resting shelves, and easy-to-remove base pans for quick clean up.