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Ferrets. Advice. Opinions.

My daughter wants a pet ferret. She'll keep it indoors and take it out for walks.
What do we think about this? Are they cuddly? What's the best age to get one? Would they suit living in a cage in a bedsit? Etc etc........
I know what I think but you know.....I'm her Mum!

I've heard of people keeping ferrets indoors but I wouldn't because they do smell a bit. I quite like their pong but then I'm strange.  I'm pretty sure that they can have a little opp that makes them less odouress.

Ferrets tend to be born in spring and early summer and I would advise getting a young one and handling it constantly. The youngsters may at first nip a little but unless you are unlucky, they should become very trustworthy.

Ferrets can make great pets, and are very clean animals, even as soon as the young kits are able to walk they all use the same corner in their hutch for toileting, even queing for the priveledge, its amazing to watch. They love to play and skit around. Yes as suggested get a young kit, although males do have a stonger smell you would not have the problem of a female coming into season which when they do they stay in season all summer unless mated! not sure what vets would charge for spaying a f.

They are very quick to toilet train to litter box if a house ferret.

I believe they are very popular as pets in the US; however they remove the musk gland. I would check out some US web sites for more info.


Fantastic pets, I used to have a pair of them. I can't say I would want one indoors though as they tend to smell a bit  

Get one young, a "kit" as they're called as they need plenty of handling. If you are tempted to go for a mature, make sure they have been well handled. Myself I would never recommend the use of a glove as they need to be handled gently. Also I think you must never forget they are basically predators, i.e. rabbits are their enemy and once on the scent they will be off.

There are harnesses etc for ferrets, I do know of a person with loads of experience on the said little tigers, so if you are seriously thinking of going ahead, I'll ask for her email addy for ya

varminty wrote:
not sure what vets would charge for spaying a f.

We had two done last year & it cost over 80 EACH. Thats at a vet that charges 6 for sheep / goats & 30-45 for a cat (male or female).


I've not found children and ferrets to be a good combination.
My kids expected the ferrets to behave like cats. They are similar in many ways as they are different. Cats however domestic creatures that have been bred to be just that.
Ferrets on the other hand are new to being bred as pets and are still closely related to the predator ancestery. Generally being kept and bred for hunting rabbits.

I have been given ferrets by well meaning parents who bought the little cuties only to find that the little buggers nip and frighten the children.

Your choice of course.

I would not want in the house.  In a barn or other building, that is a different matter.  
I had the privilege of sharing a bedroom with two ferrets for a weekend once.  I suppose they had their musk glands removed, but they were still a bit smelly.  (And then again...maybe the glands had not been removed, this was in California, where ferret keeping is ilegal, so don't know...)

We keep ferrets and had kits for the first time last year. It was very easy to handle them enough for them to be VERY tame and really good when you're playing with them. However, I'm not sure I would advise for them to be kept as pets for children.

1. Even the jills have a faint smell about them (Hobs even more so)
2. The jills have health issues if not brought out of season (April time) and so must either be spayed or 'serviced' by a vasectomised hob
3. They are VERY fast when they want to be and a child would have to be very confident in handling them
4. They really do need a lot of stimulus and they are very sociable and should be kept in at least a pair
5. They do best on a diet of raw meat (can be bought from any pet food shop) as the complete dried foods are not really natural enough and contain lots of additives and chemicals.
6. They need quite a large area to exercise properly.

On the plus side they are fantastic little things and if you think you (and your child) can fulfil all of the above then go for it.


I have to admit to actually liking the musky smell of ferrets.

bodger wrote:
I have to admit to actually liking the musky smell of ferrets.

I have to admit to loving it lol! I've had a few weird looks when I've been playing with the ferts and then had to nip to Tesco. I'm merrily wandering round the supermarket and enjoying the faint whiff left on my jumper and suddenly realise that other shoppers are not enjoying the pong as much as I am lol!

brummie nick

To describe a ferrets bite as a bit of a 'Nip,' is in my opinion a bit of an understatement,   more like a 'red hot' needle.
Does anyone remember the Richard Whitely, Plummer  TV interview?
brummie nick

Found the link, go here.

ferrets make great pets for kids

Hi Ginger...i think that everyone above has pretty much spelt it out..the only thing that i may add to that is ferrets/polecats are very sociable creatures and if i let any kits go from litters,my personal point of view is i  like to see them go in pairs,unless they are going to somebody who already owns some,like i say that is just my personal preference

There's always one Bodger....  


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