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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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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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