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Is It Better To Keep One Ferret Or Two?

Should people buy one ferret or more than one?

By Ailigh Vanderbush
Posted: December 1, 2009, 5 a.m. EST

Q: I am planning on buying a ferret soon. Is it better to keep one or two ferrets? If it is better to keep two ferrets, what mix should I have (male and female, male and male, female and female)?

A: I find it better to keep two ferrets because they tend to amuse and play with each other when you are not around. This means double the veterinary bills and food costs, but also double the fun.

The gender mix doesn't really matter too much, but I would look at ages. Ferrets of similar age do better together because their energy levels are similar. If you adopt from a ferret shelter, then you can adopt two ferrets that are already familiar with each other.

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i think it is a great idea-i recently adopted two older females-i already had a 6month old female-the owners could not take care of them- i located a person which also had a younger ferret- i was worried about splitting up the pair but we did nd everything is great on both sides.
april, haynesville, LA
Posted: 7/3/2012 3:28:17 AM
I might suggest that you adopt a ferret from a shelter, either run by a city or town, or by a devoted individual who takes in abandoned, neglected or abused ferrets. I have had two ferrets, and both were adopted. Gizmo adopted me! He was turned out when he was dying of leukemia, and found his way to me. He was my first ferret and we had 5 months together before he died. Spencer was adopted from our local Humane Society, and was dropped off because his owners didn't like ferrets! I think their demeanor is so much better, because they realize how much they are loved now, compared to when they were dumped, or wandered off. At least both of mine have been very sweet. It's also very rewarding to know that you've saved a life :)
Cheryl, Jacksonville, FL
Posted: 10/25/2010 12:47:58 PM
My first ferret, Milo, always used to bite and chew on the metal bars of his cage when he was in it for, what he appeared to believe, was too long. Ever since he got his little buddy Otis, the behavior has stopped. =)
Kiira, Austin, TX
Posted: 10/7/2010 11:51:11 AM
My husband & I had one ferret (Tokyo) for about 3 years. We then got another little one (Dash). Tokyo was not happy at first so we just made sure they were kept in their own homes and out together to get to know each other, this went on for a few months. Now Tokyo has trained him for us she loves him so much
and we see a different side of her, she was happy before, but now she is so much happier!
emily, chicago, IL
Posted: 12/30/2009 2:11:01 PM
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