- 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.
Evaluating a Ferret Shelter/ Rescue
All reputable shelters have a screening process
before adopting out to you to ensure you can provide for
the ferret, as well as charge a nominal fee. The goal of
the shelter is to find a final home for the ferret with
the best parents possible. You should be prepared for an
application to be completed, phone interviews, and even
in-person meetings, before your adoption goes through.
Just like there are good and bad pet owners,
breeders, pet stores, etc., the same is true for shelters.
Before surrendering your ferret, or adopting a ferret,
you should check out the shelter you're considering. Some
questions to ask yourself which you should be able to answer
yes to are:
Are they knowledgeable about ferrets
and all their requirements?
Do they have a quarantine area for new
ferrets until they are vaccinated and ADV tested?
Do they test for ADV?
Do they have records that the ferrets
are up-to-date on vaccines and exams from their veterinarian?
Are they willing to allow you to call
their veterinarian for confirmation?
Are the cages clean, ample food and
Are the cages not overcrowded, do they
contain a litter box, bedding and hammocks?
Is the area they're in clean (ie; walls,
Do they have a place to run around and
play outside of the cage and is it clean?
Are the the ferrets friendly and don't
mind being handled?
If they have personal ferrets, are they
kept separate from the adoptable ferrets?
Is parvocide used for cleaning cages?
Do they use it on clothes and skin when
they/visitors are touching animals they don't know
the health status of yet and are gloves used when handling
If you encounter a shelter you are concerned
about, you should discuss your concerns with them, other
local shelters and/or ferret owners. They could just be
experiencing an overwhelming number of surrenders/rescues,
you might be visiting during routine choirs, etc. Your
adoption experience should be one of joy in providing a
needed and loving forever home.
- 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.