While you need to be prepared for the potential emotional pain of caring for an ill pet, you should also be financially prepared to pay expensive vet bills (potentially upwards of $1,000) when your ferret enters its senior years. Do not adopt a ferret if you know you can’t emotionally or financially handle the possibility of a very sick older pet.
This is my pet ferret and I love him
1. Black-footed ferrets () are the only ferret species native to North America and are wild animals. Pet ferrets () are descended from European ferrets (, also sometimes called ‘polecat’) and have been domesticated for more than 2,500 years. They are certainly related but distinctly separate species.
Ferrets as Pets - Ferret-World website
Just about any animal lover can tell you the average lifespan of your typical dog or cat, but the question gets a little murkier when it comes to ferrets. Though not quite as common to the American household, ferrets can nonetheless make just as wonderful pets as puppies and kittens do. This is especially true for families seeking a new four-legged companion that’s not quite as large as a Labrador and slightly more playful than a Persian. But anyone considering adopting a ferret should have a fair understanding of how long the jovial critter will be in his or her life.
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If you are one of those people who like pets that are beyond the traditional dog, cat and goldfish variety, you might want to consider getting a pet ferret. Playful, energetic and highly intelligent – the domesticated ferret can be a great pet if you know how to properly care for it. While it isn’t necessarily difficult to care for a pet ferret in Massachusetts, there are some things you need to know before you decide to take one home.It is important to note that ferrets have relatively poor eyesight, which is common with many small mammal pets, including hamsters and guinea pigs. However, to make up for their lack of sight, ferrets have a very sharp sense of smell and can hear incredibly well. This is important to know when training. Because of these skills and their high intelligence, ferrets can be trained quickly and easily, sometimes learning a trick on the first try.