Keeping ferrets together

If you're planning to keep a pet ferret, you should plan to keep more than one. Here are things to consider when keeping ferrets together.

Keeping multiple ferrets

  • You'll need to match groups of ferrets carefully. 
  • Ideally a maximum of four ferrets together, preferably littermates. 
  • Ensure all ferrets in the group are neutered. Unneutered males may be more aggressive. The only exception would be if you're planning to breed ferrets. You would need to have plans in place to care for the parents and the babies. 
  • Most ferrets are sociable, but they'll need their own space too.
  • Provide sufficient shelter, food, water, and hiding places for all ferrets at all times

Remember how well ferrets get along will depend on factors such as housing, genetics or their previous experiences.

Daily monitoring

Check your ferrets carefully each day for any sign of stress, fear or aggression. Your ferrets should be alert, active, easy to handle, curious and playful.

Repeated hiding, biting or fighting suggests aggression in the group. These are reasons to make changes to the group or to the housing. You could add hiding places or move one or two ferrets to other suitable accommodation.

If you notice signs of aggression, carefully check for wounds, especially around the neck. Ask your vet to check for signs of wounds.

Daily handling

If you handle your ferrets every day from an early age, they can form strong bonds with you. Socialising them can be a joy for you and your ferrets. Ferrets kept on their own will need companionship from daily interactions with you.

Ferrets can also develop friendships with other non-prey animals if introduced carefully early on.

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