- Ferrets lack a cecum to digest/ process fuits and vegetables.
- A ferrets left lung has 2 lobes, while the right has 4.
- A ferrets body contains 14 or 15 pairs of ribs.
- A kit has 30 baby teeth, while an adult has 34.
- Food fully travels throughout their system in 3 hours.
Ferret ~ Mustela Furo
Carnivora (Carnivores) of the Family Mustelidae
As the name implies, these fuzzy little creatures that capture
our heart and soul are not rodents; they are from the mustildae
family with cousins consisting of the mink, weasel, otter,
skunk, badger and European polecat. Unlike their cousins, the
domesticated ferret is not wild nor feral. In fact if left
outside on it's own they would most likely die without human
intervention in a few day as their survival instincts at best
is extremely minimal.
While these little creatures warm our hearts and depend on
us for their every need, they are not the right pet for everyone.
Taking on the responsibilities of caring for a ferret and knowing
what their care and health needs are should be considered before taking
the step of bringing one home.
A ferrets normal life span is from 7 - 9 years, and beginning
at the age of 2-3 they are susceptible to two very common serious
illnesses: Insulinoma and Adrenal
Disease, which could require medical and/or surgical intervention,
which could become quite costly. A ferret will need to be seen
by a ferret knowledgeable veterinarian at least annually for
a check-up and required vaccines consisting of rabies (IMRAB3)
and distemper (Purevax-D). Though not approved for use in ferrets,
Galaxy-D has been used safely for years and provides the necessary
Ferrets should be housed in a cage when supervision, or a
dedicated ferret proof room
cannot be provided. The cage should provide ample room for
playing, as well as house a litter box, water bottle, food
bowl, and various hammocks to relax in. Rabbit cages or cages
of this size are not appropriate. While they will
be content and happy in their cage, they do require ample time
out of their cage to run free and burn off the energy they
have an abundance of. Minimally, they should let out for 3-4
hours each day.
While they are very social creatures, care and attention should
be given at all times around other pets, especially young children.
Young children tend to grab and pull, and the small ferret
weighing around 1.5-4 pounds could get hurt and attack in self-defense.
Ferrets (or any pet) should NEVER be
left unsupervised with children.
Owning any pet should be a lifetime commitment, regardless
of their health, needs and/or expenses involved. While these
fuzzy little babies with their crazy little antics keep us
entertained and provide an eternity of love, it's important
to ensure they're the right pet for you and that you can take
on the full commitment and responsibility they trust you will
- Ferret's normal rectal temperature is between 100 - 104 with 101.9 being the average.
- Heart rate is 180 - 250 bpm with 225 being average.
- Respiration is 33-36 per minute.
- Normal urine pH is 6.5 - 7.5
- Blood volume is 60-80 ml/ kg.
- Ferrets do possess toxoplasmosis in their systems. However, unlike cats they cannot release/
shed the infected eggs back into the environment, they hit a dead end, so humans cannot catch the disease.