The Ferret Owners Manual


Ferrets may get along with many other animals, particularly with dogs and cats. Since the ferret ancestor evolved as a hunter of rodents, we don’t recommend hoping that your particular ferret no longer has his hunting instinct. Even if he doesn’t, ferrets play far rougher than what the typical rodent can tolerate. The same is true with birds and some reptiles.

Adding a ferret to a dog or cat home or visa-versa, is similar to adding a new ferret to a ferret home. Supervision and patience are the keys. Don’t leave them unsupervised for an instant until you are absolutely positive that they do get along with one another (and probably not even then). Some ferrets have died when the family’s pet dog suddenly turned on the ferret after months of apparent friendship. Be very cautious with cats. Many a ferret has been blinded by one swipe of a paw.

The ferret has no instinctive fear of either a dog or a cat and will usually walk right up to it and may even try to grab it by the neck/ear/tail and attempt to drag it off to hide under the couch (even if the dog happens to weigh over 100 Ibs!). Many a dog or cat will take this in stride. Some take it as aggression. Hence, CAUTION.

You might think that fish and a ferret would be compatible. That is true if you can keep the fish in the water and the ferret out. My daughter lost her pet goldfish to our ferret, Bud. Bud was absolutely fascinated by the fish which we kept “up, and out of harms way”. My wife came in one day and found Bud, submerged in the fish bowl up to his shoulders, watching the fish go round and round. He raised his dripping head out of the water with an expression on his face “Hey, this is neat!” and dove back in again. The fish died a few days later; probably of fright.

My biggest concern with covered aquariums is the possibility of a ferret slipping under the cover and being unable to get back out.


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