Ferrets have an inquisitive and playful nature. They can learn to see humans as companions and form a strong bond with their owners. This makes them a popular pet choice because of their sociable and charming character.
Read the facts below to find out more about these furry creatures.
Ferret fact file
- Ferrets belong to the carnivore family of the Mustelidae. This is the same mammal family that weasels and badgers also belong to.
- Ferrets are likely to have descended from the wild European and Steppe polecats.
- Ferrets are domesticated animals.
- Ferrets are very curious, they like to explore using their mouths.
- Domestic ferrets are sociable and typically enjoy living in groups.
- Ferrets like sleeping - a healthy ferret may sleep between 18 and 20 hours a day.
- Ferrets communicate with each other using scent.
- Ferrets use smell to hunt.
- Ferrets also use postures and sound to indicate how they're feeling.
- Ferrets can live for around 6 years but can live up to 10 years if in good health.
Find out more in our full ferret fact file.
Adopt a ferret from the RSPCA
Ready to welcome ferrets to your life? Then why not search for ferrets for rehoming from the RSPCA!