It's hard not to smile as you watch the way a ferret frolics around exploring just about everything. They are little furry balls of energy that are intelligent, inquisitive and irresistible. Read on to find out some of the things you need to know to keep a ferret as a pet.
Ferrets are intelligent, social and curious animals that tend to be much happier and well behaved when there is another ferret around as a playmate. A single ferret can be successfully kept but then all socialization falls on their keeper.
Ferrets do best with plenty of time out of the cage to explore their surroundings. Due to their inquisitive nature steps need to be taken to ferret proof the home to protect them from hazards like open doors and windows, electrical wires and so on.
Pet ferrets usually live around seven years. They are fairly easy to litter train and are clean animals themselves but do tend to make a mess when exploring. They are a distant relative of the skunk and have scent glands that they can spray at will. These are frequently removed in a process called descenting to make them more home and handling friendly..
Ferrets that have been properly socialized are often cuddly pets but can nip when restrained or handled incorrectly. This coupled with their frequently frantic bouts of activity makes them more appropriate for teen or young adult owners than younger children.