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I Love Old, Naked Ferrets!

A ferret owner reveals what could be the best-kept secret about ferrets – older ferrets are terrific!

By Robin Jones
Posted: April 30, 2010, 5 a.m. EDT

Spud the ferret
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Spud was a sweet-natured ferret who got his name because he looked like a potato.

I love old, naked ferrets! I love their soft warm skin. I love their little arthritic toes that wrap around your finger like bird toes on a phone line. I love the little squeaky noises they make. And I love the way they smell. I just love them, and I don’t understand why some people don’t. What’s not to love?

Our shelters are full of these little guys that are treated like throwaways. People are missing the boat. Every little old ferret I have taken in has been a bright spot in my life, and has warmed my heart at every turn.

My first older ferret was Phoenix AKA Missy P. She came in so sick with insulinoma. It took two days to get her meds right and get her settled. Eventually, she got adrenal disease and lost all her beautiful hair. She was a sassy little thing. If another ferret got in her way, she would stop and chatter away at them. When she got really feeble, one of her cage mates Petey TPO would assist her up the ramps in the cage. It was very sweet.

Then there was Spud, named because he looked like a little tater. He wasn’t with us for long, but he was very sweet.

Noel the ferret
© Courtesy of Robin Jones 
Noel the ferret looked like a lion because of the pattern of her hair loss, but treatment helped it all grow back.

Next came Noel. She looked like a little lion with lots of hair about her head and shoulders, but the rest of her was naked as can be. By now Melatonin implants were available, and after her second implant she bloomed. She grew tons of long white hair. She looked like a dandelion. I missed her warm naked skin. Noel was my snuggler. She was happiest sitting in my lap.

My last one was Petunia. Not only was she partially bald, but she was my own personal home spa. The minute I picked her up she bolted to my ear and started licking. And licking and licking and licking. She was a one girl roto rooter. When one ear was done she moved to the other. Then my neck, face and then down my shirt. All the while I could her loudly licking. She was a funny little girl, and everyone loved her.

All these ferrets have since passed to the Rainbow Bridge. Each time I think of one of them, I smile. I remember those warm, hairless bodies and all the love they had to give. It hurts my heart to think someone didn’t think they were worthy because they had no hair and were old. I think I have been very lucky to be to have found these sweet little beings. I think I will keep the wonder of them my own little secret.

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Posted: April 30, 2010, 5 a.m. EDT


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I also have a old naked ferret. I started her on prednisone & her hair is coming back! I love her all the same. I rescued her & her friend 2 years ago this month. They were left in a house to freeze&starve!!! The sable is crippled from abuse. The naked ferret takes care of her. I was delighted to see the article, as so many never show pics of " old naked ferrets" thank you??
Madge, Reidsville, NC
Posted: 2/9/2015 9:47:50 AM
i have had ferrets since about 1986. i have three now, and have hit a dark point in life. lemmy, miles, and beatrix know when daddy's not doing so well, and are right there, either to play and put on a show, to cuddle, or a pat on the leg to say, "hey dad". they definitely keep an eye on me. this year has been absolutely horrific, and without the "3 f's", my family, my friends, and my ferrets it would have been a hell of a lot worse. and through all the ferrets i've had over the years, this is a common thread. ferrets for therapy pet? absolutely.
adam bell, ottawa, ON
Posted: 9/19/2011 9:02:27 AM
I have a 7 year old naked ferret names Loki, and love him to death. He still has just as much spunk as a 1 year old ferret. He lost all his hair and grows it back and this goes on and on and on. But we love him just the same. And give him tons of hugs and kisses.
Melissa, Coquitlam B.C.
Posted: 4/17/2011 8:45:19 AM
I just lost my old naked ferret last night... He lost his fur last year, he was still our sweet beautiful old boy whom we have loved dearly and who has been a big part of our family for nearly 7 yrs..
Rest in peace my little Riddick, we love you
Rachel, Lowell, MA
Posted: 12/2/2010 1:40:59 PM
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