Ferrets

Companionship

Ferrets are very social animals they should be kept in friendly pairs or groups unless advised otherwise by a vet. Many ferrets (but not all) enjoy each other’s company, but if you are keeping more than one ferret, ensure that the housing you have is large enough for each to have their own spaces, just in case they want to get away from each other for a while.

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It's important to house your ferret at the right temperature, heat is usually more of a concern than cold. Ferrets are prone to heat stroke and can't tolerate temperature over 90 degrees Fahrenheit.

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Groups of ferrets should be carefully matched and you ideally should have no more than 4 ferrets in a group. Littermates make ideal companions for one another. The way in which ferrets will interact depends on a number of factors such as genetics, housing, group composition and their previous experiences. Always make sure that any new introductions are made slowly and under strict supervision.

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On average a ferret can live from about 6 to 8 years but some have been known to live as long as 11-12 years.

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Ferrets are carnivores and need to eat meat in order to survive.

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Ferrets have short digestive tracts which means it is difficult for them to break down and absorb nutrients from plant-based proteins.

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If you have a question, please email us or call us on 0800 413 969. Our dedicated consumer care team are available to answer any questions you may have. If you are concerned about the immediate health of your pet, please seek the advice of your vet as soon as possible.

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