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One Ferret Or Two? Male Ferret Or Female?

A potential ferret owners seeks advice on getting the right ferret.

By Ailigh Vanderbush
Posted: October 31, 2008, 11 a.m. EDT

Q: I've wanted a ferret for years. I've done my research but am wondering if it would be better to get two. Would it make a lot of difference financially and would they get along? I was thinking of getting one to start with and then getting another later on, but that depends on how ferrets respond to new housemates. Also, I was leaning toward getting a male simply because they're bigger. Are there any advantages either way? I know with rats females are more lively and males tend to smell more.
 
A: The more the merrier is my philosophy! In the wild, ferret relatives are not generally social, but pet ferrets do very well with company and often play together, which encourages natural ferret behaviors. Financially, the only difference would be preparing for veterinary costs for two instead of one, but even that is manageable. I recommend getting two ferrets at the same time so that they move into their new home together and get used to each other quickly and easily.

The option of male or female is really up to you and the availability, especially if you get the ferrets from a shelter. Many ferrets come from the same large-scale breeder and are very similar in size due to the early spay and neuter, so you probably won’t notice a size difference. I have not found a huge difference in personalities between males and females, as their personality tends to be individually determined rather than by gender. You could also get one of each!

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My experience is that two ferrets are a lot of fun when they interact, but not much more trouble at all. My female is much smaller and less cuddly than my male, but she's very smart and comes when called. Have no idea if it's just an individual ferret thing or if it is gender-based.
Torey, Rego Park, NY
Posted: 12/18/2009 8:25:04 PM
until recently, i only ownedone ferret at a time. never again! about 3 months ago, i found a pair of ferrets needing a home and once i saw how well and how different my ferret did with them, i will never again have just one. mine had been alone most of his life and turned into a totally different guy once his new brother and sister arrived. plus, it's just sooo funny to see them all playing together. i dont see alot of personality differences in the two males and the one female, just differences in each ferret. yes, there will be a difference in vet costs for more than one versuses just one, but thats to be expected. i recommend setting up an emergency account just for your fuzzies so that when the time comes, you dont have to worry about expenses for their care. as for me and my family, the more ferrets, the merrier!
tiffany, clarksville, TN
Posted: 7/7/2009 6:44:23 AM
I have two little boys and I love them. They are my first ferrets. I got them last summer from a pet store. One of mine is cream colored the other is dark brown. They play together nicely and they are very loving creatures. My ferrets almost never bite after a bit of training that is. They are a real joy. Im glad I got two though because some times we go out for the weekend and I know they can keep each other company.
Jenn, Columbus, GA
Posted: 1/30/2009 7:29:15 PM
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