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Worried About A Ferret Runt

Does being a runt affect a ferret’s life span or health?

By Ailigh Vanderbush
Posted: February 1, 2010, 5 a.m. EST

Q: How long do ferrets live? Does being the runt of the litter affect a ferret’s life span or health?

A: Ferrets usually live six to eight years, with appropriate medical care, exercise, mental stimulation and quality nutrition. Ferrets are prone to a variety of cancers which can end their lives early, but they can also live to be age 9 or so.

I know of no reason that being a runt in the litter would affect a ferret’s health or longevity, unless it was due to poor breeding or a genetic condition. In the United States, most ferrets are from large farm breeders, and you would never know or be able to identify their littermates.

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