How Long Do Pet Ferrets Live?

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Ferret

Animal

How long do ferrets live as a pet?

5 to 7 years

Are ferrets good pets?

Ferrets make excellent pets for people who have the time for them, and who bond well with animals. Ferrets are naturally quiet, friendly, inquisitive, intelligent, and companionable. At certain points in the day, they are also exceedingly active and capable of getting themselves into trouble unless they are supervised.

Do ferrets die easily?

Seriously. Dying from a lack of sex is an actual thing. Female ferrets reach sexual maturity at 4-6 months of age. Over time, prolonged high doses of estrogen lead to aplastic anemia — a serious condition that can lead to death. Luckily, a veterinarian can help bring a ferret out of heat if breeding doesn’t happen.

Do ferrets recognize their owners?

Do ferrets recognize their owners? Ferrets are very social animals and bond well with their families. Therefore, they become very affectionate towards their owners and recognize them well. The only thing is that you will have to spend enough time playing with them to increase their bonding with you.

Do ferrets and dogs get along?

Ferrets can get along with many dogs, but it will take plenty of effort on your part. Some dogs are instinctive hunters and not a good match, such as terriers who were bred to kill rats and other small prey, or guarding dogs who may be more likely to bite if provoked. Retriever dogs seem to do well with ferrets.

Why do ferrets stink?

Ferrets are born with anal scent sacs. They also have musk glands concentrated around their face and lightly spread throughout the rest of the body. The anal scent sacs do not contribute significantly to the smell of the ferret. The natural ferret odor comes from the other musk glands in the skin.