Introducing a New Ferret:
We had 2 ferrets, and our 3 year old
died. The other ferret is about 8 months old. We
bought a new ferret who is 8 weeks old, and they
play together, sometimes the older one bites the
new one hard, but mostly when the new one tries to
sleep with her. We have them in separate cages at
the moment, and whenever we try to put the new ferret
in with the other one, she gets bitten. We don’t
want to leave her in there and get hurt, are we doing
the right thing, or should we just leave her in there
and force our older one to let her sleep with her?
Definitely do not leave the baby with
the older one in the cage or even when playing, they
need to be supervised. There have been some babies
and submissive ferrets killed by other ferrets. As
the baby grows and can defend herself then they can
have longer play times together and eventually they
should become good pals. However be forwarned that
sometimes ferrets do not get along and have to be kept
seperate, but since your new one is a baby the older
ferret should adapt in time.
I just bought a new ferret last week and this will
be my third ferret now. I currently have two older
ferrets both who are a little over 1 year old. The
new guy is around 2-3 months and full of energy.
I have him in a separate cage from the other two
but I take them all out for playtime together. There
was never any rough fighting, just sniffing and playing.
After about a week I began caging them together but
he tried to play with the others when they were lying
down. One of my older ones seemed to be getting stressed
out so I separated the new one again.
I still have playtime together and they all get
along. The new one seems to play with one of my older
ones more than the other. The other one will ignore
the playing and come find me. I have been taking
them out recently one on one so they can focus on
each other only. The one that would ignore the situation
would begin to play with the new one then.
I let the new one in the cage with the others under
supervision now and put him back in his own cage.
He seems to pick at the older ones every time he
is in there and wants to play. I'm afraid that I
will stress out my older one again and I definitely
don't want to risk his health. Do you have any suggestions
on how I can make this easier on them?
Also, my older ferrets just love their fleece blankets
but the new one likes to eat them! I had to remove
them from his cage and replace it with old jeans
(something more durable). The last thing I want is
for him to get a digestive problem. Will he grow
out of this? I really don't want to have to replace
the fleece blankets once I all get them to share
a cage together.
Just let them play together. Once the baby calms down
you will be able to keep them together. Even though
your other two are still young they have a routine
and do not want a baby driving them crazy whilst they
are trying to sleep! Ferrets do suffer from stress
especially when new ones are introduced, so it would
be best to just let them play outside of the cage and
return them to their own cages.
Try to give them lots of individual attention
and the baby more playing time. He may be chewing on
the blankets as he misses his Mum and siblings, it
would be best to only give him things he cannot chew
as he could get a blockage. You might want to buy him
some CHEWEASELS as he could
also be cutting his molars. As he matures and all teeth
are in, after 5 months you can try the other blankets,
but do watch to make sure he doesn't chew them then.
I am a ferret owner in Australia. I currently have two
girls, sisters, approx 3 years old, desexed. They (Cocoa
and Raven) are happy and excitable ferrets. I have a
friend who has too many ferrets and would like me to
adopt two of his boys who are 2 years old. I would love
for my girls to have some more friends. The only problem
is that they are not desexed, and although I am going
to desex them when I get them, i'm not sure when to introduce
them to my girls.
I have read all the FAQ's on introducing
new ferrets and will definitely be taking it slow and
employing all your tips. How long after desexing should
i keep them separated? Also, the boys are very social
with other ferrets so that hopefully won't be a problem,
but they are much larger than my girls, could this
be a problem?
Males are usually larger than females,
so that will not be a problem. Is it still breeding
season there? If so you will need to neuter the boys
and wait about 6-8 weeks for their hormones to abate,
they will also loose their odor whilst changing their
coats. If it is not breeding season but the ferrets
testicles are quite visible, then get them neutered
and after a week or so they should be fine to introduce
to your females. Once you decide the time is right,
bathe them all and put them to play on neutral ground
with lots to do, they should adapt quite well. If the
males are still too amorous then you may have to wait
a little longer.
I'm hoping you can help me with my fuzzy problems!
I'm at my wits end with my new one and don't know
what to do anymore. I bought my first little girl
from a local pet store at 6 weeks of age and she
is now one year and 5 months old. She is mellow,
a bit emotionally detached (not a cuddler), and a
We decided to look for a playmate for
her and found one 3 weeks ago. We had an hour and
a half play date with both ferrets before deciding
to take the new one home. They seemed to get along
fine during this time; a little biting from the new
ferret but nothing over the top. The new girl is
just barely a year old but she is huge compared to
my other girl. When we got home we placed their cages
next to each other in the ferret room and let them
visit while supervised in our living room. The new
girl would bite and drag my other one across the
floor a bit in the beginning and I would in turn
scruff her and drag her a little to let her know
I was the big dog. The dragging and biting started
to wane and was being replaced with grooming on the
part of the new girl (mine doesn't seem to care for
it and doesn't reciprocate, but she doesn't really
fight it either).
Then I caught them sleeping in the same areas so
I thought we had reached the turning point. I even
left them together in the ferret room unsupervised
but listening hard for screams (which never came).
Now I'm starting to think the new girl was just too
worn out from being in heat to fight! When I got
the new girl home I noticed her swollen vulva and
realized she was in heat.
After 2 weeks of adjustment to her new home I took
her to be spayed. She is set to have her stitches
out Friday. My understanding was that after the spay
she would be more docile; this is not the case. She
was given a day and a half to relax in her room before
being let out into the living room again. During
this relax time my girl was only in the ferret room
to sleep at night and only in her own cage.
Everything seemed the same at first
but then the new girl resumed her violence. She has
been hiding food under the couches to eat it and
when my girl goes under there out of curiosity she
is fair game. Mine won't fight back she just screams.
I lift the couch and bring my girl into my arms where
she uncharacteristically curls up. She is so stressed
by these attacks that she cuddles with me! I let
the new girl come up onto the couch a few times after
the attacks to see if she will be nice and all she
wants to do is bite my girl. The biting and dragging
have resumed with full force during supervised playtime.
Also the new girl is not descented so with every
attack my current ferret ends up smelling like something
dead. They were getting along so well I don't know
The new girl seems to have bounced
back form the surgery and is having no problems with
it. Is this violence being caused by the recent spay
or is it something else? I am letting them out separately
for the most part now, but do bring them together
in the living room until the biting starts then I
send mine to the ferret room after a treat and some
reassurance. Hopefully you can give me some guidance
as to where to go from here!
Wow! The more I read the sorrier I got for both ferrets!!!
What country are you in and where did you get the new
ferret? Surely the person you got her from knew she
was in heat? I am surprised she made it 2 weeks in
heat without getting anemia and she could have died
during or after surgery, from the prolonged heat cycle.
The problem is because of her hormones, it will take
about 6-8 weeks for the hormones to abate, she may
change her coat and the oily smell will go away. Also
when she is less stressed she will stop using her scent
glands. Ferrets only expel the odor when scared, nervous
or excited, I have several ferrets not descented and
no one knows who they are, unless they get scared of
PLEASE stop putting them together! Your original ferret
does not need to be attacked, as the stress from that
can cause some serious digestive problems, mainly ulcers.
The poor little new ferret, needs to get over her surgery
and wait until her hormones have completely calmed
down, then introduce them slowly. If she was my ferret,
I would keep her in her cage for at least 2 weeks as
she may think she has babies, hence the hiding of the
food and attacks on other ferret, just keep her calm
If you can get Bach's RESCUE REMEDY it would be good
to add 4 drops to her water bottle each day, it will
help her to get over all the trauma she has suffered.
Also putting it in the other ones water would help
her to adjust to the new ferret. Keep doing this until
you introduce them again (in about 2 months) and you
are sure they are getting along.
I did have two, 3 year old ferrets whom were brother
and sister. A few weeks ago I lost the male to lymph
cancer, shortly after I got a 14 week old male baby
(He is un-neutered as I live in the U.K, we have
to wait till they are 6 months before they can be
neutered) to keep her company. It took around a week
to introduce them, but now they get on just fine.
I've noticed though that he wants to play rough and
she just cant be doing with all the energy so I decided
he needed a younger play mate. I've now got a 9 week
old albino male and when I put him on the floor with
the female she violently grabbed the back of his
neck and started dragging him around while he was
making a awful noise! As for my other male he just
tries to bite the baby where ever he can! Is there
anything I can do apart from swapping bedding and
putting them in each others cages? I'm so worried
they wont except the baby.
The female is just trying to put the
younger one in his place, but she could hurt him, likewise
the older male. You MUST keep them separate, with their
cages next to each other, until the baby is strong
enough to take care of himself. They will get to know
each other through the bars of the cage and you can
switch out bedding too. Usually older ferrets have
no problem accepting
babies, but since he is so little you need to protect
him for a few weeks. Hold the ferrets together and
when the older ones are calm put them down together
for a few moments, but just take it slowly.
We recently lost a loving and playful 2 year old ferret,
Poppet. He was very smart and very hyper. His brother,
Guv'ner, is more sensitive and sweet, wanting to
cuddle more than play. After Poppet died he began
acting very sad, pouting and wanting to be held more.
My boyfriend and I wanted to get him another ferret
as a new friend, so he would still have a buddy.
We got a baby (well a little less than a year old)
from a lady who couldn't keep him anymore because
she just had her second child and was too busy to
spend enough time with him. His name is Coqui and
he is amazingly sweet to us, but whenever we let
them interact, Conqui will attack Guv'ner! We had
to pry him off of his ear when his previous owner
was here! We are housing them separately for now,
and letting them go in each other's cages frequently,
but Coqui seems to not be interested in being friends
with Guv'ner. This is making me very sad because,
while he is great to people, we got him to be friends
with our lonely ferret. Do you have any suggestions?
Getting ferrets to get along is difficult
and sometimes impossible! Since both ferrets are young,
you should be able to work with them. The problem is
probably the new ferret who was alone before and therefore
does not really know what another is, especially since
his companions were people. Try bathing them both and
give them some towels to dry in, they usually go quite
crazy after a bath and during that time, since odor
is minimized they may just play. Make sure you stand
there and part them with a roll of paper towel, just
incase a fight ensues.
Clean all the bedding in both cages and put them close
to each other, they will get to know one another through
the bars. Hold them together as much as you can, one
in each hand, but close enough so each can touch under
supervision. Let them know you love them both, sit
with them and play with them using paper bags, blankets
etc..they should be so busy playing that when they
do bump into each other, it will just be play and not
any fighting. Once you see them sleeping together in
the same bed or hammock, then you know they have accepted
each other. Do NOT leave them together until you are
sure they are getting along!
I have two male ferrets, Meiko who is about a year
and a half and Mushu who is about a year old. I got
Meiko first and then got Mushu about two months later.
It took me about two to three weeks for me to introduce
the two together. They get along great and play a
lot together. In fact they really don't like sleeping
alone for very long. I recently got a new baby ferret,
he is a male named Mowgli. All the ferrets are Marshall
ferret, that have been descented and neutered. I
still have the baby ferret separated from the older
two. My middle ferret, Mushu, gets along with the
baby really well. Sometimes Mushu play a little rough,
but I think that is part of the size difference.
My oldest ferret is a completely different story.
He will will bite the baby in a non playful way.
I have attempted to let them get used to one another
by letting Meiko smell the baby through the cage
or play pen. I have also let Meiko attempt to play
with the baby with very close supervision, and that
doesn't work. Meiko would attack the baby. I have
tried to just keep them separated. I would let Meiko
and Mushu play and keep the baby in the play pen.
The other day Meiko got into the play pen and attacked
the baby. It took a lot for me to pry him off the
baby. I don't know what to do. Meiko got along so
well with Mushu when I first got him, and still does.
I don't know what to do with him and the baby ferret.
Do you have any recommendations. How long could the
transition take or will it be safer for me to find
the baby ferret a new home?
Meiko has never acted this way with any other animal
or children. If I were to keep Mowgli, the baby ferret,
could Meiko turn and become aggressive towards the
other ferrets or towards children. I love all my
babies (ferrets) and would hate to any of them go,
but I want to do what would be in the best interest
Some ferrets do not get along right away but in time
meiko might accept the baby. It would be best for you
to keep them separate as Meiko is that much bigger
and stronger that he could really hurt the baby. Meiko
could just be jealous and therefore you need to give
him lots more attention, also do not punish him for
attacking the baby, he will not understand why and
will think you do not like him anymore. It would
be much better for you to keep him caged when Mowgli
is out and preferably let Mowgli play in a different
room., so Meiko will not be jealous.
Keep their cages next to each other and switch them
into each others cages, once or twice a day, so that
they become familiar with each others odor. Then next
time you try them together give them a bath, clean
their ears really good and hopefully since they all
smell alike Meiko will accept Mowgli. Personally I
would wait till Mowgli is a little older so the others
cannot hurt him, plus he may become aggressive if constantly
picked on. As he grows older he will not take any nonsense
from the others and will be only interested in play!
Meiko will not become aggressive toward children, he
is doing what is natural and showing baby who is boss.
Try to be present the whole time you
allow them out together and just distract them with
toys, or part them with a rolled up paper towel so
your fingers will not get bitten. If it does not work
out then you will just have to keep them in separate
cages and have two separate playtimes.
I have a 2 year old ferret to whom I'm going to introduce a new ferret this weekend.
My current ferret, has always lived with his brother up until he died last
month. He's been checked out with a vet and is fine. The new ferret I'm about
to introduce to him is his other brother from the same litter. MY current
ferret has been a bit down since losing his little brother, and I think he
will be glad of the company of his bigger brother. The bigger brother, the
one I'm introducing has had a similarly unfortunate experience at about the
same time, when his mother died.
I've planned to put clean, fresh bedding
in the hutch, but keep my current ferrets own toys
in their. Then I plan to bath them both, and then let
them dry off and play together with some toys and treats
I've bought for them, hoping that they will tumble
about playing and get used to one another's scent sooner.
I know they may well fight, and am fully prepared to
deal with things if they get out of hand. But both
ferrets have been the alpha ferret from their previous
groups, is there an increased risk of them actually
harming each other, or never getting on, even though
they've only been alone for a short amount of time
and are brothers?
Not sure they would remember that they are brothers.
You did not say whether they are neutered or not?
Best thing to do is exactly as you have planned and
then put them on neutral ground to play, not in the
hutch. See what they do and if one is more dominant
than the other. If they get along then try them in
the hutch to see if anything changes as the home
belongs to your ferret!
Whatever you do, do not leave alone.
Keep the new one separate for a few days until you
are sure they will get along when you are not there.
I have a female ferret about 6 years old and I just moved to a new apartment
which left her without her Chihuahua roommate (they played together for about
a year and then I moved). She seemed fine with the move and enjoyed playing
and running about. We have lived there for about 3 weeks now. I just recently
bought a new baby ferret for her to play with and followed all the guidelines
for introducing them to no happy ending, the older one bites her. I try to
play with the older ferret by herself but now she will not play anymore.
She just sleeps and cuddles, not like her at all and she even let me clip
her nails (ummm, really not normal). Also I saw more than once that she was
getting her front paw stuck behind her teeth, she put it there on purpose
and then got it stuck! Why would she do that? And yesterday I noticed yucky
green smelly diarrhea in her litter pan. The baby got in her cage for awhile
while I was trying to get them used to each others smells so it could have
been from her but with all the other depression problems and weird behavior
from Minnie (older ferret) I am guessing it is from her. What could it be?
I am really concerned and there are no vets near me that have experience
with ferrets. I am worried since she is so old. Advice would be great.
Unfortunately buying a baby ferret was not a good choice
for your older ferret! She has been alone for so
long that she doesn't need a companion and at age
six she certainly does not need a baby jumping all
over her, you have to think of her as a grandma!
The green diarrhea is more than likely her, although
the baby may not appear to be sick, she most likely
brought along ECE with her, which is affecting your
older ferret. The pawing at the mouth is because
she feels like vomiting, which means she is pretty
sick to her stomach.
You will need to see if she is eating
or drinking anything, she will need lots of fluid.
Please buy her some GERBERS BABYFOOD, CHICKEN/TURKEY(blue
label), take 3-4 teaspoons and add a teaspoon of water
and warm it a little, see if she will eat it from your
finger, if not use an eyedropper to dribble behind
her canine teeth. Also you can add a teaspoonful of
ENSURE. She may shake her head at first, but after
you persevere she will take it readily. Once she likes
it then put in a bowl for her, making sure she eats
it all. You need to give her this at least twice a
day, but if she isn't eating her other food then you
will need to feed her every 3-4 hours.
Ferrets go down hill very fast and without
fluids or food can die in a few days, especially at
her age. She could also be suffering from hypoglycemia
(low blood sugar) so the baby food will be a great
help as the protein in it is much higher than her kibble
and will help keep her sugar level up. Plus baby food
is easy for her to digest as is assimilated by the
body much faster than kibble.
The stress of the new baby and the ECE
could cause her to get ulcers, so you will need to
watch that she doesn't start grinding her teeth. If
she continues with the diarrhea then you can give her
some PEPTO BISMOL, half an eye dropper. These are some
things you can do, but I strongly recommend that you
find a ferret knowledgeable vet in your area, incase
she might need SUB Q fluids for dehydration. If you
need help finding a vet, please let me know.
I have a beautiful little female pink-eyed albino. She was given to me from an
active household (daycare with 4-5 little kids) which the ferrets were allowed
run of the house. They (4) came to me and Jesse (my albino) nips; not hurting
but nips. I was overwhelmed with animals (5 dogs, 6 ferrets and 9 sugar gliders).
My adult son really wanted Jesse and Nippy so he went to their home, where
they also were allowed run of the house (which is great!). However, son and
girlfriend split so they have been returned to me. Jessie acts totally afraid;
she runs around the area under the couches, tv's, etc., always along the
wall. She doesn't play with the others and doesn't come out in the middle
of the room. The only time I can hold her is first thing in the morning when
they wake up and I let them out of their cage. They are only in their cages
at nighttime. Anyway, while she is in a sleepy state, which is only a minute
or two, I hold her, stroking and speaking softly to her. I have tried a treat
but she wants no part of it.
I try to very slowly approach her and
she runs for the hills. It breaks my heart to see her
like this. I believe at my sons house, the 5-year old
chased (playing) and I'm sure scared the hell out
of her. I think between that, 2 adults arguing, and
2 teenagers was just too much. I know there is a lot
going on here. I have 5 dogs that have run of the house
and this probably also scares her. The dogs and ferrets
go their own ways; neither bothering the other. I did,
however, introduce them slowly. How do I work with
her to calm, get her to trust me, and stop the nipping
(not hurtful but catches us off guard). I just want
to see her playing and happy like the others.
I am very concerned about the little albino, it sounds
as if she may be 'blind' and as you said scared o
death. Personally I would keep her in a cage in a
very quiet place until she gets used to the sounds
of all the goings on. When you let everyone out, are
they always supervised? That seems like a lot of animals
all going in different directions, if Jesse is blind
you can imagine the fear factor, hearing everyone coming
and going. On the other hand if she is 'deaf' the same
would apply, seeing, but being startled by touch!
Keeping her in a cage in a quiet room
and continuing to talk to her softly and handling her
gently, may help her. Try feeding her some chicken
baby food from your finger, so she will get used to
receiving something good from your hand, you may want
to start giving it initially with a spoon, until she
gets used to the food. Tuck her firmly under your armpit,
so she feels secure.
You did not mention how old Jesse is,
if she is an older ferret, moving from one place to
another can cause so much stress, that she will develop
ulcers, so the baby food will be a great supplement
for now. However if her anxiety continues, you might
want to visit a ferret knowledgeable vet and get a
blood test done, also a thorough checkup.
I read all of ask Angela re. adding new ferrets to old
ones and none answers my question. I have a spayed
female, Nonie and a neutered male, Shorty, both about
five and raised together since about 5-6 weeks. I
just adopted a spayed female, Lily, about 1 1/2 year
old ferret. All of the ferrets are so sweet, never
bite and really enjoy playing with me. They do not
play with each other and I would like to know the
BEST and least traumatic way to get them together
without Nonie attacking Lily or Lily and Shorty attacking
each other with screams and much hissing. I play
with all of them equally and pay special attention
to the older ones.
It is difficult to answer your question as ferrets
are so different. The two that have been together
are the 'best of pals' and may not adapt to another
ferret at first. The male may be more willing, but
then again depending on his personality it would
be hard for me to know.
The ferret that is 'young and new' to
your family may have never been with another ferret
and unfortunately that can create a problem. However
if she has been with other ferrets, then after an initial
introduction, they should get along fine. Put their
cages next to each other and then switch cages so they
get used to each other's smells. Try putting one of
your ferrets at a time with the new one, by holding
them first and then give them something to play with,
a new toy, paper bags or tunnels, this way it will
distract them a little from each other, but at the
same time, they may enjoy playing together.
If they squabble then part them with
a roll of paper towel and distract them with toys.
If they fight then separate them immediately and try
again later. Fighting ferrets can develop ulcers from
the stress so do NOT force them to get along.
I recently bought a 10 month old female ferret and today
I bought her sister. I can not tell if they are just
playing or if they are fighting. They jump up in
the air a lot and are always biting each other the
ferret i purchased first seems to be very "vocal" and
making noises. They cannot leave each other alone
but they do not drag each other or anything of that
sort. They both seem to always be going back for
more. Should I keep them in a different cage over
night until they have spent more time together?.
Sounds as if they are just playing with each other.
If they are not dragging each other around and not
screaming at each other, they most likely will be
fine. It is normal for them to bite each other. Were
they previously together when you bought the first
one? They more than likely remember each other. When
they have finished playing, check to see if they
end up sleeping in the same hammock/bed together,
if so they probably will be fine.
If you see any squabbling going on, then
cage separately and just let them play together each
day, until you feel comfortable that they are getting
along. Both are quite young so they should adjust in
no time and be the best of pals.
I have a ferret who's one years old now and has been
alone the whole time(Diddy) I got a baby ferret (Mase)
to accompany him. At first they were good and slept
together. Then after a while I woke up to screeching
and hissing. Diddy was attacking Mase I separated
them and the next night it happened again. I currently
have them in separate cages. Every time I put them
together on the same bed, DIddy would attack Mase.
Mase has little bruises on the back of his ears.
I seriously need help. I don't know what to do with
You need to keep them separate until the baby can defend
himself. Your ferret has been alone for such a long
time he doesn't know how to play without hurting
the baby. Just hold them both together until they get
used to each other and let them play in paper bags
and tunnels, to expend their energy. Do not leave them
alone until Diddy stops dragging the baby by his ears.
Always supervise their play, give them
lots of toys to play with and keep them separated when
you are not with them. They will be the best of pals
I am writing to you today in regards to my babies. In
November of 2005 my husband bought me an 11 week
old male Panda ferret. Today I brought home a 7 week
old Cinnamon male. My question to you is that when
I am introducing them I am noticing that my Panda
(Bandit) is extremely rough with the new baby. He
is constantly grabbing him by the nape of his neck
and his throat and dragging him around the cage and
the playpen. I have tried to tell him NO" in
a firm voice, but to no avail. Is this normal? Will
he kill our new baby? What do I do?
Fortunately your Panda is still young so things should
work out okay! he is trying to establish dominance
over the other one, who is being very submissive.
It would be best to house them separately, but allow
them to be close enough to get to know each other.
Hold them both at the same time, but do not allow
them to play too roughly. Your older one could kill
the other accidentally!
Give them some time, but remember ferrets
do play very rough with each other, the best thing
to do is separate them by distracting their attention
and using a rolled up paper towel to divide them. After
awhile they should be sleeping together in their hammock,
that will be the indication that all is well! Keep
them under supervision until you are sure they are
I got another a ferret, her name is Armani. I work at
a pet store, and a man from the oilfield brought
her in because he didn't have time for her anymore,
and gave her to us. She is about 2 and a half to
3 years old. She is an absolute sweetheart, gets
along with everyone, curls up and sleeps in my arms
even. Recently about two weeks ago, my Mom decided
that we could buy a friend for Armani. We bought
one from a Petco in Pocatello, Idaho, while we were
on Christmas vacation out in that area. The new ferret,
Versache is about 5 months old, and fairly large.
He and Armani got along for about 5 minutes, and
then, Versache started biting her neck, ears, and
anywhere else he could get a hold on. I separated
them, then a day or two later put them back together,
and let him bite her, thinking that she would start
to fight back, and it was just play. Well, she didn't
won't fight back, she just screamed and screamed,
and she became very depressed after I reached in
and took her out. I have them separated, and the
cages beside each other so that they can still see
each other, and I let them out to play, but then
he just hurts her some more, so, I now let them out
separately. We got Versache for a friend for Armani.
What, if anything can I do to get him to stop hurting
her? Is it just the age difference? Should I keep
them separated, and let him grow up a little bit?
He still even bites me occasionally( I just pop his
chin when he does this, and he is not doing it nearly
as much), and is constantly chewing on the bars of
his cage, so, will he just grow out of it? Should
I keep them separated or together? If you can help
me it would be greatly appreciated, because, I can't
continue to keep him, and Armani be depressed, but,
I don't really want to get rid of Versache either.
You have to remember he is young and your female ferret
quite a lot older. If your ferret hasn't been with
other ferrets it is more than likely she does not
not know what a ferret is and does not want a young
rambunctious ferret jumping all over her. In my opinion
I would keep them in separate cages until he calms
down and gradually as she gets used to him being
there, maybe she will accept him.
If she keeps getting stressed or depressed,
she is likely to develop ulcers, so stop putting them
together for awhile. Please do not 'pop his chin' when
he bites, but just say a firm "NO", he is
doing what is natural, so distract him with a toy and
do not allow him to bite.
I have a ferret who is estimated to be 1-2 years old,
male. Two days ago I bought a 3 month old female
ferret who is fixed from our local Petco. I also
bought a new cage for the 2, a 15 square foot living
space cage with multiple levels. I introduced the
two ferrets and they seemed to get along fine, playing
as ferrets do. However, I have noticed recent changes
in the older ferret's behavior. He is not eating
as usual, his activity has decreased, and his bowels
are no longer dark and somewhat firm. The bowels
are now mucus like, light brown and have some red
in them. He is usually very active but now is prone
to lying around and not very active at all. He coughed
up some clear liquid last night but no food. I feed
him Totally Ferret. Could this be stress related
to an abrupt change or could this be food contamination,
or possibly EG? The younger ferret seems to use the
bathroom anywhere, as she is not accustom to the
litter boxes yet. I am worried that she may have
stepped in her own feces and traced it to the food
bowls. Please help! I have not yet contacted a vet,
as I do not have one for the ferret.
You are probably seeing some stress related problems!
However baby ferrets tend to bring with them ECE,
but I am sure that your older ferret has already
had it when he was a baby, what you are seeing is
most likely a recurrence of ECE, caused by the stress
of the new ferret.
It would have been better for you to
have left the male in his cage and introduced them
gradually and then put them together in the new cage.
However if they are getting along you can probably
leave them together., although if you need to monitor
food and water intake it might be best to cage separately
and just let them play together until the male is fine.
Have you changed food recently, as that
always needs to be done very gradually so as not to
cause a digestive upset. You might want to get some
BABYFOOD and feed the male until he stabilizes, it
is much easier on his digestive system and since he
is having problems will be the best for him right now.
What kind of conditions was the baby
in, before bringing her home? Baby ferrets can bring
in parasites with them, which means you would need
to have a fecal
done at your vet to make sure he does not need treating
for that. If the food has any red coloring in it, then
that will show in the feces, especially if he
him some baby food(CHICKEN) 3-4 teaspoonfuls at least
twice a day and see if he improves, if not get him
to the vet to make sure he hasn't picked up worms from
baby. Also if she is very active he may be better off
in a cage by himself until he feels better, I am sure
he doesn't want her jumping all over him if he does
not feel well.
I have a ferret who's going to be 1 years old (diddy)
in January and we're thinking about bringing in a
ferret about to be 2 years old (Gizmo). Gizmo is
a single ferret and his owner went away to college
with out him. He hasn't had a lot of attention for
about a year. Do you think its a good idea to bring
him in with Diddy?
You may need to keep them in separate cages for a while
and introduce them slowly. Unfortunately, when ferrets
are kept alone for some time from a young age they
find it difficult to socialize with other ferrets,
simply because they do not recognize their own kind.
If you have had them together at all
and they have played without a problem then they will
be fine. However, I would not leave them alone together,
until you know they are going to get along, usually
they end up sleeping in the same hammock, or bed.
If you haven't put them together yet,
you might want to bathe them and clean their ears,
so they both smell the same. Clean all the bedding
in the cages and place the cages next to each other.
Let them play with each other, there may be some tussling
at first, but you can intervene with a rolled up paper
towel to divide them.
Ferret play can be rough, but if either
start to hiss or scream then it would be best to separate,
put in their own cages and then try again the next
day. Once they get used to each others presence, they
should be fine.
I am hoping you can answer a question for me. I was told
by someone that if I got two baby ferrets at the
same time that I should keep them housed separately
for the first month so that they will bond with me
and not one another. Is that 100% necessary or is
there a way I can still house them together and still
develop the necessary and healthy bond with myself
and the animals?
They will bond with you regardless of being seperated,
as long as you give them both quality time playing
However I would recommend that you cage
them seperately as they tend to play with each other
in a very rough way. You must remember that they are
carnivores and will practice pouncing on each other
and biting really hard, they are practicing for the
real thing. Their skins are extremely tough so they
are not going to feel the bites, however since human
skin is more tender, we do experience pain.
Also ferrets are born to play and this
is their way of playing, so to prevent these rough
encounters it would be much better to divide the cage,
if you can, so both have their own seperate space until
you come home to play with them.
It is a better method but not one that
has to be followed. You might want to observe their
antics and personalities first, before making a decision
on seperating or no.
I was just wondering if you could help me out with a
question I have regarding my 2 ferrets. I bought
my boyfriend a baby ferret for his birthday back
in February of this year. Ferrah is a female and
is now 6 months old. My birthday just past and my
boyfriend bought me a ferret for my birthday. When
we brought Kody (male) home at the end of May he
was 13 weeks old. When we first introduced them they
played none stop for a good hour, running in and
out of the play tube. Ferrah was so curious, and
was jumping around so happily when we first put them
together. We had never seen her like that before.
She is usually a pretty mellow ferret. They were
having a great time playing together. And we were
so relived that they seemed to get along so well.
(our biggest fear).
It has been almost three weeks now, and
they still play together but Ferrah started to hiss
at him periodically when they are playing. Sometimes
Kody wont even be doing anything to her. She will just
follow behind him and hiss. They are in the same cage
now, because they started to sleep with one another
outside of the cage. So we thought that it would be
okay to put them together. So basically I was just
wondering what does this hissing mean. Because they
still play together, but after a while she starts to
hiss at him for no reason, just following behind him.
Is it jealousy? With him touching all her things and
being in her “house”? Does this mean that
they don’t get along or that they should be in
separate cages? Will she stop with time?
Also, Kody is a neutered male but his
urine really smells, not like Ferrah’s ever did!
Is there anything that we can do about this? Do those
waste deodorizers really work that they sell in the
pet stores that you add to there water?
Anyways I would really appreciate if
you could answer this question for me, it would be
a huge help.
It sounds as if your ferrets are getting along quite
well, especially if they are sleeping together! Ferrah
at 6 months is an adult now and perhaps does not
want to play as much, she is trying to tell Kody
to leave her alone.
As he matures in another few months they
will settle down nicely together. You may want to give
them both a bath and thoroughly clean the cage, add
something new, such as a blanket, bed, some Tshirts,
so that it does not belong to Ferrah.
Most likely since it has been her home
all this time, she isn't that crazy about letting him
share! However if you clean and change things around
it will be new to both of them and they should be quite
happy exploring together.
Is Kody's urine smelling when he first
goes, or is it after sitting in the litter. If the
latter then you need to get a better litter, such as
CAREFRESH which absorbs the urine and is easy to remove.
I use it in all my litter bins, with a pelleted recycled
newsprint on top to weigh the Carefresh down as it
is very lightweight.
If his urine is exiting smelly, it could
be something in the food you are feeding them. If not
the food, then you may need to take a sample to your
vet to get it checked to make sure he has nothing going
on, like an infection.
My dad bought me a second ferret yesterday... she had
been at the pet store since the first week of February
(born December 8th)... she's the second ferret they've
had there since I bought Marshall after having been
there for 3 months... and I was worried that Moe
would never have a home.
Marshall has been playing with my cats
since I brought her home, so she has no problem with
the new addition.. but since Moe has had no real encounters
with other animals, she doesn't know how to act...
She always jumps on Marshall, and bites her face, ears,
and neck.. I don't know if she's just trying to play,
or if they are gonna end up hurting each other. I was
wondering if the way Moe is acting, is a normal way
of playing? or if I should keep them apart? any other
advice would be greatly appreciated.
I imagine that Moe has been pretty lonely and craving
attention! She is just being a normal, happy ferret.
Does Marshall play with her? As long as they are
not fighting, I wouldn't worry too much. Until Moe
settles down, I would keep them in seperate cages,
unless you are sure that they are getting along together.
Usually you can tell that they are, if they are sleeping
together in the same hammock/bed.
I have a girl ferret who is a year and a half old. We
were thinking about getting a younger ferret for
her to play with. I would just like to know how well
ferrets do with other ferrets after they have been
by theirselves for awhile. Will they be mean to each
Each ferret is an individual, so it will be difficult
to say if your ferret will get along with another.
How old was she when you first got her?
The socialization period for a ferret
is between 7-8 weeks of age, therefore if the ferret
was taken away from it's siblings before then, it will
not immediately recognize another ferret.
If your ferret has played with another
ferret at any time, even a kitten/cat or dog, she will
most likely accept another ferret, there is no guarantee!
If you are planning to buy a baby then
usually ferrets do accept them, however she may be
a little rough with the baby at first so it would be
best to cage them seperately and introduce them slowly.
There is one problem you may encounter
and that is jealousy! If your ferret has been given
all your attention and suddenly has to share you, there
may be some resentment, and depending on her personality,
if she finds it stressful, could develop ulcers. You
will need to give her lots of attention at first to
reassure her she is still loved, until she accepts
Do you have a FERRET RESCUE close to
you, perhaps you could find her a companion there,
let her choose someone she likes
I hope you can help me and maybe come up with a solution.
I have a 5 year old female fuzzie, that I adopted
at 4 weeks old from a abusive amateur breeder. She
was sick and almost dead. but today she is a very
happy and healthy ferret. On Dec. 31 2002, we adopted
a 9 week old male. Here is my problem. Tina my older
fuzzie seems to hate the baby. I tried to introduce
them the other day and she grabbed him and dragged
him under the couch. I finally got them out, Ike
the baby was shaking and crying, but was not bleeding.
Now when he sees her he runs from her. I keep them
in separate cages for now. and I have tried the bitter
apple on the youngster to defer biting, but Tina
(the terrorist) just wiped off the bitter apple and
attacked him again. I have even tried to switch housing
with them every night to get both their scents in
both cages. But as soon as Tina smells his scent
she tears up the cage she in and will not stop till
everything is dumped, spilled or ragged. Its almost
like she is in a rage. I haven't ignored her or anything
Now Ike on the other hand seems to be at peace with her
scent. I even tried to set the smaller cage on the floor
with Ike inside and then I let Tina out to play but she
just terrorizes Ike inside his safe house. He is to the
point of hiding under his bedding to get away from her.
Please, what can I do? I love them both very much and
getting rid of one is not a option for me. I'm to the
point of trying anything. Desperate in Arizona.
Tina most likely is very jealous of Ike and it will
take her a little while to get used to him, however
in my experience usually older ferrets are very accepting
of baby ferrets. Don't forget she has been alone
for some time and received all your attention, so
be very careful that you spend a lot of time with
Switching cages is not really a good idea, because
Tina is used to her home and you are disrupting her
security by moving her to an unfamiliar place and the
fact that you are giving 'her home' to Ike is making
Ferrets are by nature very solitary animals and it
will take Tina a while to get used to having Ike there,
especially since she is not sure 'what' he is, but
she will get along with him I am sure. Try holding
them at the same time and then putting them down together
a little each day, as Ike grows he will be able to
take care of himself. Just do not leave them unattended
until he can fend for himself, you must remain calm
and just separate them when Tina becomes aggressive,
try parting them with a roll of paper towel and then
distract them with some toys, tubes or paper bags etc..
Sometimes ferrets so not get along with others and
often times it is best to keep them separate as it
will produce too much stress and especially so in Tina's
case as she is so much older. At her age she could
have low blood sugar (hypoglycemia) and any amount
of stress could bring on a seizure, so if you see her
acting really strange, then I could keep her separate
from Ike and maybe a check up at the vet will be necessary.
I do feel that keeping their cages close to each other
will bring about good results in time and more than
likely even if they do not become the closest of friends
(because of the age difference) they should be tolerant
of each other.
Another thing I always remind people when trying to
put an old ferret with a very young ferret, 'Ike will
wear Tina out, it is kinda like a grandmother having
her grandchildren around constantly, it would wear
her out also!
I just brought a new ferret home hoping he could join my 2 females and everyone
would just get along but he is attacking one of my ferrets and I'm afraid
he may hurt not only her but also the other who is sick. I hate to have to
send him away but don't know what else to do my girls never fight and have
always taken care of each other but he has the one scared to come out of
hiding and I'm afraid to turn him loose with the girls. Any suggestions?
There are some questions that need to be asked! How old is the ferret? Where
did he come from? Has he ever been with other ferrets? Here he is in strange
surroundings confronted with 2 strange ferrets that he may not know what they
are if he is an only ferret. Is he healthy himself?
Personally I feel the ferret should be kept completely separate until he gets
to know his surrounding and new owner and get to know the other ferrets through
the cage. He is under an extreme amount of stress and now the other ferrets are
also, it would be best at this point to keep them separated and let the poor
thing get used to his new home!
Also the sick ferret will be experiencing more stress. If it is a baby then it
needs to learn a few manners before subjecting the older ones to it. If I knew
more details I would probably be in a better position to help.
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