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When To Get A Second Ferret

Do you need to get ferrets around the same time in order for them to bond?

Posted: October 1, 2010, 5 a.m. EDT

Q: I bought a ferret about two weeks ago. It is a 4-month-old male. I was told that if I want another one, I should get it soon. Is this true? I would like another male, but he had a littermate at the store about the same age that was female. Should I get her, or is it OK to get another male if I get it soon?
 
A: I have introduced ferrets to one another at a variety of times and while it can often go smoother the younger they are, that is no reason to rush into getting another ferret.

When you are ready, I recommend that you introduce a new ferret that is about the same age as your current ferret and preferably one that has experience with other ferrets. Gender is up to you.

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I have multiple ferrets - all 1 yr or under, but gotten at different times and different litters and so far I have not had any problems with them getting along. They seem to love each other and are usually found snuggled together when they sleep.
Lisa, Rochester, NY
Posted: 1/7/2011 11:14:17 AM
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