These pets are fun to hold and make great hunters. Really.

While ferrets are wild, with one species in North America that is nearly extinct, ferrets have been domesticated for over 2,000 years. Meaning, they are no more wild than your pet cat and are affectionate pets. Make sure you find out from the pet store or breeder how often your ferret has been handled. You want to make sure you get one that is young and used to being around people. Ferrets are also kept for hunting animals such as rats, mice and snakes. They can even get as many as a cat. Make sure you check with your local city government to see what the laws are on keeping a ferret. In some states it is illegal.

What do ferrets eat?

Ferrets should be fed their own specially formulated high-quality food from the pet store. As they are carnivores, the food must be high in protein. Do not feed your ferret dairy products. Make sure they have fresh water all the time. A water bottle and food dish for playing are the best. Try our 10 oz. Crock with Free 16 oz Water Bottle.

Do I have to take my ferret to the vet?

Ferrets have to be taken care of just like your cat. Make sure you take them to the vet for their shots and check-ups. Ferrets can also catch a human cold, so make sure you wash your hands before handling if you are sick. And make sure you don't sneeze on them!

What kind of cage do I get for my ferret?

Ferrets must have a separate place in their cage for sleeping and a toilet area. Ferrets need a place to hide that is virtually closed off so no one can see them sleeping. As they sleep very heavily, they need to feel protected. Ferrets will use the corner of the cage as a toilet. There are many typees of product that provide an easy solution for keeping this area clean.