While ferrets are not for everyone, they can make great pets for the right owner. They are affectionate and bond to their owners, quiet for a large part of the day, and there are few pets as playful as ferrets. However, they seem to have garnered a negative image which is largely undeserved. Here's a list of reasons why ferrets make good pets!
1. Ferrets are cute!
With mischievous eyes and sweet faces, ferrets are undeniably adorable.
See the Ferret Photo Gallery for proof!
2. Ferrets are very playful and curious.
They will entertain you endlessly with their antics and will happily play with toys. Watching ferrets play for the sheer joy of it is guaranteed to lift your mood. Owning pets has real health benefits given the joy and affection they bring.
3. Ferrets are sociable, friendly and affectionate.
It if often recommended (though not essential) to have more than one. Having two or more ferrets increases the fun factor for the owner and the ferrets as they will interact and play together, sometimes with wild abandon. Despite having other ferrets to socialize with, they will still crave attention from their owners.
4. Ferrets are intelligent.
Some owners are amazed at how adept ferrets become at solving problems - and training their owners. Ferrets are very determined and will work at figuring something out with surprising persistence.
5. Ferrets are quiet.
While they can and do vocalize, for the most part they are very quiet. Probably the only time a ferret will make a noise loud enough for someone in the next apartment to notice is if the ferret is hurt or very frightened. They also sleep away a large portion of the day.
6. Ferrets are small.
Ferrets don't need a huge cage, though the bigger the better.
Ideal ferret cages are tall with multiple levels, so they still don't take up too much room. They do need time out of the cage daily for playtime and exercise, no matter what size cage you give them.
7. Ferrets are easy to feed.
This is especially true now that a variety of good quality ferret foods have become more widely available.
8. Ferrets can be litter trained.
Ferrets can be trained to go in a box, though not to the same extent as cats, and there are bound to be a few accidents. However, most can be fairly reliably trained to use a litter box in and out of their cages - a big plus when you have them out for exercise for a couple of hours a day!
9. Ferrets are easy to exercise.
They can get all the exercise they need tearing around your (ferret-proofed) home! With a ferret-sized harness and a little training, you can take them out for a stroll. There are few things that will start a conversation with strangers faster than walking your ferret in the park!
10. Ferret have distinct personalities.
Every ferret is unique and has its own personality. Some are independent and some are very cuddly, but each is an individual!
For more on ferrets and their care, see Ferrets 101.