Avian & Exotic Pet Clinic of Roanoke

Paul Stewart, DVM

(540) 989-4464

Ferrets

Did you know...

  • The name ferret is derived from the latin furonem, which means "thief."
  • Ferrets sleep a large part of the day, commonly around 18 hours. They naturally tend to be active at dawn and dusk.
  • Females are called jills, and males are hobs. Baby ferrets are called kits.

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F.A.Q.s

  • Life expectancy:6 - 8 years
  • Commercially available ferret diets such as “Totally Ferret”, “Zupreme” or “Marshalls” brands appropriate for the life stage of your pet.
  • A large safe, escape-proof wire caging with solid floors, sweat-shirt bedding area, and a litter box in their ‘favorite’ corner. Ferrets need daily exercise, supervised in a “ferret proof” enclosure.
  • Cost: $75.00 - $150.00
  • Do not allow them access to anything they can chew up and swallow besides their appropriate diet.
  • Do not forget to have your ferret vaccinated against canine distemper as this disease is fatal and can be tracked home on your shoes.
  • Health tips: Distemper and Rabies vaccination, annual physical examination, parasite screening, flea control and appropriate dental care are essential for optimizing your ferret’s health and long-term quality of life.
  • Ferrets are prone to endocrine disease and cancer. Early detection can make a huge difference in the success of treating these conditions.