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Are Ferrets Safe Pets To Own?

Will ferrets harm the people or other pets they live with?

By Ailigh Vanderbush
Posted: September 1, 2009, 5 a.m. EDT

Q: My daughter just brought home a 4- or 5-year-old ferret that a friend of hers could no longer have. I am really petrified of them. I have heard that ferrets carry disease, and they can turn violent toward people, even their loving human families. Is this true? Do they get along with cats and dogs, both of which we have? Please help. I do not want to break my daughter's heart or endanger us or our other animal family members.
 
A: Ferrets are great pets in the right environment. Generally speaking, if a ferret suddenly becomes aggressive you need to get it to a veterinarian and have it checked over, especially for adrenal disease. Ferrets do not carry diseases, but should be vaccinated for distemper and rabies just like any mammal. They can catch an illness, like the flu, from us.

Most ferrets and cats can live in harmony, but I would never recommend that a ferret be left unsupervised with dogs, as the ferret may hurt the dog or the dog may see the ferret as prey.

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People either love ferrets or dislike them , From your "petrified" comment, you do not like them'
I love these guys and the old adage that they are " permanent 2 year old childern" is absolutely true. We let our 2 have the run of the house since they are litter box trained, and over the years the house is ferret proofed. this allows them and us to socialize with each other when ever we or they want to. It's gotten to the point where they will come into the bedroom to wake me up when they hear the coffee pot start to perk in the morning.
thomas, willard, OH
Posted: 6/14/2012 4:13:50 PM
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