Is a Ferret Right For Me?
Thank-you for considering adopting a ferret. We would be happy
to discuss all your questions about ferrets as pets, but this takes
time and increases our costs. So, prior to speaking with you, we
would like you to consider the responsibility you will be taking
on and ask that you research ferrets before calling. Researching
the basics will better prepare you for your new companion and will
allow you to make a wiser choice. FIRST will be available always
to help you with any problems and questions you may have during
and after the adoption process.
Be aware of the following:
Firstly, few books, those written for adults or children, properly
define a ferret's disposition. Most are written from the viewpoint
of the converted and fail to address the habits which are annoying,
difficult to deal with, or contrary to human understanding. Others
are written from the perspective of popularizing ferrets as pets
and again fail to deal with issues of suitability for a particular
We at FIRST do not believe that ferrets are the ideal pet: On the
contrary, they are very high maintenance pets in terms of interaction
and emotional sophistication; they are very demanding animals when
awake and cannot be ignored; they are very intelligent and unbelievably
inquisitive which results in tremendous mischievousness and a great
potential for misfortune. Their small size, high metabolism, longish
lifespan, and strong personality make them more than a handful for
any human. This is why so many ferrets (about half) are abandoned
by their owners within six months.
It is important to consider the reasons for wanting a ferret as
a family member. They are cute and loving, but only when they are
allowed to develope to their full potential. As small carnivores,
there is a clear downside to this potential also.
We adopt ferrets only to homes where the new ferrets parents are
fully aware of all aspects of life with ferrets. Ferrets are not
suitable pets for children under the age of twelve, nor are they
suitable as a personal pet - ferrets must be a family pet with everyone
willing to share his life with the little creature.
If you and your family are certain that a ferret is the right animal
for you and that you can provide the right environment to provide
for a care a ferret's needs, we would be pleased to speak with you
about a possible adoption. Until then, please consider the implications
of having a ferret as a family member: It is like having another
toddler who never grows up in the home.