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The Best Indoor Temperature For Ferrets

A ferret owner wonders what the best indoor temperature is for her ferrets.

By Karen Rosenthal, DVM, MS
Posted: May 1, 2008, 5 a.m. EST

Q: What is the best temperature for my home for my indoor ferrets?
A: Ferrets evolved in a cool weather climate, not the tropics. But ferrets are very adaptable. They happily live at the same temperatures people are comfortable with in their homes. Ferrets definitely prefer the temperature more on the cool side, but if you keep the indoor temperature in your home between 68 and 76 degrees Fahrenheit, ferrets will do fine.

The biggest problem with temperature and ferrets usually occurs when ferrets are kept outside during summer months and lack an area in the enclosure to escape the sun.

Another aspect of temperature to consider is humidity. Indoors, most of us don’t worry about humidity. Humid areas of the country are also usually hot, and many people run air conditioners or other equipment to reduce humidity indoors. If ferrets are kept outdoors, high humidity and high temperatures might be too much for our cold-adapted ferrets.

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First note - ferrets that pant are in the early stages of heat stroke so it is quite true that ferrets SHOULD NOT PANT. This happened to one of my girls when my teen daughter took her for a summer walk. I immediately rubbed her down with a cloth soaked in cool water and she stopped panting. I keep my home at around 65 degrees all year round and the ferrets seem to do quite well. I have noticed, however, that even older ferrets with heart disease can tolerate temperatures between about 75 to 80 degrees Farenheit on relatively dry days, in the shade, when they are sitting calmly in a stroller (not exercising) for very short periods of time (about 20 minutes is all I've been willing to risk). Keep in mind that ferrets' tolerance for heat and humidity declines with age and health problems and has little to do with the thickness of their coat. We have very hot, humid summers here in Maryland so, when there is a power outage, I relocate my ferrets when the temp in the coolest part of my home exceeds 70 degrees. Options for relocation include the home of a friend with power & A/C, a hotel that accepts pets with the same, or boarding at a vet (vets and hotels often have generators, which helps in times of power loss). FYI - if you lose heat in the winter I wouldn't worry too much - ferrets do quite well in cold weather (within reason, of course, don't expose them to anything you wouldn't expose your kids to).
Kathy, International
Posted: 7/23/2014 10:08:03 AM
mine is not really a comment its a question. what tempature should it be outside for my baby ferret to be walked in he is 10 weeks old at the moment.
Rachel, Wayne, NJ
Posted: 2/16/2009 2:26:28 PM
the article is basically true in my experience with ferrets.I do have one that will start to pant when it gets to 76%.I was always told that Ferrets DON'T pant.He does not have a really thick coat.
eve, louisburg, NC
Posted: 8/14/2008 2:12:56 PM
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