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Do Older Ferrets Do OK When Adopted?

Can older ferrets adjust to a new home?

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

Q: I am interested in buying a couple ferrets, a female that is 16 months old and a male that is 9 months old. Is it OK to buy these ferrets and bring them to new owners and a new home at this age? I have heard that ferrets don't deal well with losing their owner.

A: In my own experience ferrets in this situation do just fine. You can expect a little uncertainty in the new home and the ferrets may test things out a little, but they should do just fine.

My husband and I have adopted ferrets more than 5 years of age, and they settled in with no problems. I am sure the ferrets would appreciate a little extra attention from you and maybe some extra playtime.

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I have adopted ferrets out to new homes. For most of the adoptions went fine except one adoption. Carol had adopted a tiny little boy from me and a couple months later she wanted and cagemate for her furry. So once again she came to me, I had the perfect little girl for her Dolly, I went to drop off Dolly and it look as they would be good friends. Then Carol phoned me 5 days later, Dolly wasn't eating and not playing either, she would climb out of the cage and lie in the middle of the room. I told Carol I would stop in later that day, when I got to Carol I was shocked to see a listless ferret lying in Carols's arms. I started to ask her what happened, when Dolly heard my voice up came her head and she literly jumped out of Carols' arms intomine. Dolly started dookering and kissing me. I had to take back home and everything was good according to Dolly, I guess she thought I deserted her, she is one that can never leave the shelter, she has been here now for 6 years, and still finds things to get into trouble with.
Bridget, Steinbach, MB
Posted: 4/7/2011 8:09:12 PM
I've adopted ferrets of all ages and they are all happy to have a family of their own to care for and love them, no matter their age. Some older ferrets do prefer to be loners but with a little work they can usually learn to get along with others. The good thing about older ferrets, in my opinion, is that they are slower, don't play as much and are usually happier to be cuddled and held. I have one guy, Scout, that I adopted at five years old and he loves to be held and watch tv with me. If you're looking for a cuddlier ferret, try an older one. They love the attention. And, all ferrets need forever homes, even the older ones!
Patti, Portland, OR
Posted: 10/8/2009 11:20:03 AM
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