Questions tagged [ferrets]

Refers to a domesticated mammal from the weasel family.

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Can we house a baby squirrel in the same cage as a ferret or bunny?

I wanted to know if a baby squirrel could stay in the same 4-floor cage as a pet ferret or bunny we were thinking of adopting or buying. I also want to know if the baby squirrel might attack or ...
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Post bath - ferret full blown attacking other ferret!

I have 2 jills that have lived together, for the most part, peacfully for the past 4 years. I have recently bathed them and used a new ferret shampoo that is lightly scented. After bathing I did the ...
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Ferrets, are they playing or fighting?

So I've had my ferret Chris for almost a year now. He's three years old and and I recently got a new ferret that's a baby male about 6 months old (Jeff). I'm scared because I can't tell if they like ...
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How to clean water bottles and nipples?

Many small animals can drink from a bowl but their people provide them with bottles that have nipples to drink out of. Like any container that has water sitting in it for a long time, stuff can grow ...
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Pet weasel seems afraid of being on the ground

I have a pet weasel. When she is up on my shoulders, she seem to be fine. She will be relaxed and calm. However, when I put her down on the ground, she seems to be very nervous, or afraid. She will ...
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Can I train my ferret for ferreting?

Ferrets were originally domesticated and bred for "ferreting", which means going into rodent holes and chasing out the resident rats/mice/rabbits/etc into traps. I live on a property that has lots of ...
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How to leash train a ferret?

I have three ferrets. I bought a small harness from Petco similar to this one But I've had no luck getting it on them. I've tried slipping it on while they're distracted (chewing something or ...
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How to introduce ferret to other pets?

I have a dog of mixed breed (fox terrier/labrador), a domestic cat and recently bought a baby ferret. I was wondering how to introduce the ferret most importantly to the dog, so I can eventually let ...
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How can I transition my ferrets to a new diet?

Currently, my ferrets eat a mix of raw beef, hen, chicken, pork, and the bones & organs. I usually purchase these on sale from the supermarket. I've started ordering from a new place because it'...
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What should I consider before deciding to adopt a ferret?

I want to adopt a ferret in addition to my dog and chickens. The answers to "Do ferrets get along with other pets?" suggest ferrets will have no problems with other pets as long as they still get ...
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Do ferrets get along with other pets?

While reading about things to know when acquiring a ferret, I came across this article that says that ferrets do not get along with other pets: Most ferrets don't get along with birds, fish, ...
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How smart are ferrets?

It's been several years since my ferrets passed on, but I was quite impressed with just how smart they were (well, really only one of my two... the other was sweet, but wasn't particularly bright). ...
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What is the legal status of ferrets in the United States?

I've heard that ferrets are illegal to own in some parts of the United States. I currently live in New Jersey but I'm planning to move in about a year and would like to know what my options are. ...
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How can I more easily clip my ferrets' nails?

I've been having some trouble clipping my ferrets nails. I try to scruff them and hold them still, but they just weasel out of the hold and run away. It's very frustrating to have go chasing after ...
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How can I get my ferrets to play nice together?

I have four ferrets but they don't all get along. Each pair of ferrets doesn't like the other. At the moment they have separate play times outside of the cage. They're also caged separately in case ...
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What treats are safe for my ferrets to eat?

I've read that ferrets can have small quantities of fruit, veggies, yogurt treats, and similar things you'd find labeled as "For ferrets". Are these actually safe for my ferret? Aren't they carnivores?...
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How can I prevent my ferrets from chewing on wires?

Ferrets tend to have a thing for chewing wires and all sorts of rubbery things. Swallowing pieces of this indigestible material can result in expensive surgeries to remove the foreign object or death. ...
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How can I prevent my ferrets from smelling bad?

Sometimes ferrets can get a little stinky. I've also heard that using shampoos and sprays on them can make their skin dry out and make them stink more in the long run. How can I keep them from ...
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How can I ensure a ferret's longevity?

I am concerned with the lifespan of ferrets. I've heard that ferrets bred from Marshall Farms don't live as long as other ferrets. Is this a true statement, and if so, how can I avoid purchasing / ...