Tips about ferrets...

United States
January 3, 2007 3:05pm CST
Do you have any tips about ferrets, i want to get one but i heard they are danergous to cats because they play too hard...can anyone give me some tips?
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@mari61960 (4895)
• United States
3 Jan 07
Ferrets do play rough with each other. They have tougher skin than cats. My ferrets get along fine with our cats, dogs and birds. However you should never leave them together unsupervised. You have to get them used to each other slowly. I don't allow my ferrets free roam because in my house it is just too dangerous. I have a large pen they play in indoors and out. They also go for walks with a harness and leash. Before getting a ferret you need to do some research so you will be well informed. Here are some good places to get info. www.ferretcentral.org www.ferretsanon.com www.hideyhole.org Also look for ferret shelters in your area as there are so, so many ferrets awaiting homes everywhere.
• United States
3 Jan 07
thanks alot!! :)
@Shababy (140)
• United States
31 Jan 07
I have actually heard they are good with cats but I don't have cats so don't know from experience. I can tell you however, they do play ruff and they do like to play with our dashound and he is gentle when playing and sometimes they make him cry. They like to jump on his head and bite him and nip him on the ears they are only playing but can get ruff.
• Western Sahara
17 Jan 07
I won't elaborate on the relationship between cats and ferrets since that has been exhausted, but one of the things to take into consideration before getting a ferret is that they need a lot of interaction/play time. Unlike a dog or cat ferrets need/crave attention. I have had a ferret (Angelbug) for almost one year and she is the best thing in the world. They are very sensitive to their surroundings and will know if you are happy, sad, but most of all how much you love them. I take my ferret everywhere. I bought a bag to take her in. They are kind of difficult to potty train, but from what I have read this really depends on the owner and the ferret.
@mcmomss (2601)
• United States
9 Jan 07
I used to have a ferret and he was a great pet. He was hilarious to watch. He loved to hop around and play. He would nip at your feet some, but it didn't hurt. I never heard anything about them being dangerous to cats. I guess it would depend on the cat. They can be pretty playful sometimes too. I would think that if it was a full grown cat there shouldn't be any problems because the ferret would be much smaller than the cat.
• United States
8 Jan 07
ferrets require alot of attention,in order for them to be a good pet they need lots of playtime and room to run,they are high energy and i wouldnt suggest one for young kids.they do bite or nip but thats their way of playing,,as far as cats i have a cat and dog and the ferret plays with both of them.its the cat i would worry about hurting the ferret cause most cats would see a small animal as food specialy if the cat is allowed outside and is used to going after mice or birds,i happen to have a cat that is used to different animals so i dont have that problem but i would be very careful having the cat around the ferret until you are sure about how its going to react
@dawn5679 (266)
• United States
5 Jan 07
My ferret has free roam of one room but i mostly have her sitting out with me. Since she is my only pet I can't tell you how she is with cats but i do set up ferret playdates ( my friends have ferrets too) and i can tell you that she does play rough with them. Also when I take her for walks she loves to go up to other animals and trys to play with them too!
• United States
4 Jan 07
I'd think the cats are more likely to hurt the ferrets than vice versa. I have a friend who let her 13 ferrets roam free all day with her 3 cats. Nothing bad ever happened to either of them. I'm sure the ferrets might annoy the cats (they love to play!), but cats and ferrets usually get along great. I wouldn't leave them alone unsupervised, because you never know. I have all sorts of pets (dogs, small animals, birds,etc), and still manage to have 8 ferrets.
@Signal20 (2281)
• United States
4 Jan 07
Mari is right on with everything. I have 3 ferrets and 2 cats. The ferrets love to play with the cats, jumping on them, biting them lol. My cats really don't like the ferrets much, they just tolerate them. When the cats have had enough, they usually hiss, maybe a quick swat of the paw, and run off. And of course, the ferrets follow them to keep antagonizing them:) Just depends on the personality of the cats and ferrets if they'll get along. Definitely don't leave them alone/unsupervised. I too don't let my ferrets have the run of the house. They'd either get lost in the walls, or electrocute themselves chewing on a cord. Be sure to read up on those links Mari gave you, best to know everything you're getting into before hand :)