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Adult Ferrets Pick On Baby Ferret

How can a baby ferret be safely introduced to two older ferrets that attack it?

By Ailigh Vanderbush
Posted: May 1, 2011, 5 a.m. EDT

Q: I adopted a baby, sable ferret that is 4 months old. I have two other white ferrets that are between 2 and a half and 3 years old. I have them separated from the kit because every time they are around her (all females) they bite her neck and shake her like they want to hurt or kill her. This worries me. I am waiting for the kit to get older and bigger so hopefully this will stop. Do you have any suggestions of how to make things more comfortable for all the ferrets? Will all the ferrets one day get along?

A: In my experience, most ferrets eventually get along, especially those that already have experience with other ferrets. Once you start introducing ferrets, keep it as small periods of introductions, or the ability to see/smell another ferret can lead to higher instances of aggression.

Find a neutral place (a bathroom or other safe area none of the ferrets usually visit) and let all three ferrets meet each other. Be there to supervise the ferrets, but let them interact however they feel comfortable. Ferrets will usually seem fairly aggressive, but remember that the skin around the neck is very thick. If the younger ferret screams, separate the ferrets briefly and start again.

If three ferrets at a time seem to be too much, start with one older ferret and the baby ferret. Once they have a chance to meet and seem to get along, switch to pairing the other older ferret with the baby ferret. Once those two seem to get along, then try all three ferrets together.

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I have 3 ferrets. Nala, 5 female. Milo, 3 male. Bear 3months male.
We got nala, she was abused. Small cage no tpys. Bad biter. She got better. We got her milo. She hates him screamed and ran from him. She got over it and they r best friends. We got bear. Milo is our normal sweet heart. Is attacking bear. Grabbing his neck and shaking. No blood but small holes. And it happens so quick. Where we hold both of them nose to nose milo locked him. Nala our normally crabby one. Loves bear. Plays and is nice. I have the cages side by side. I did yell at milo. And have since read not to punish him for if. So I wont. I doing short interactions. Whatever else I can do please let me know.
Lindsay, Dickinson, ND
Posted: 6/10/2015 9:21:51 PM
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