How Much Do Ferrets Cost?

Welcome to the Ultimate Beginners Guide to Ferrets! This is Chapter 6: How Much Do Ferrets Cost? Lets find out if you are ready for what ferret ownership will do to your wallet.

When it comes to the essentials you need to buy before bringing home a ferret, it is important to keep in mind the initial big ticket items (like a cage) as well as long term repeat purchases (such as litter and food). Once you own a ferret, they will require regular vet visits and vaccinations.

For example, last year we had a couple emergency vet visits for our ferret Moose that cost us around $1000 in total . We believe our ferrets are worth the cost, but it is important to make sure you are ready for the significant financial commitment. After we got our first ferret, Moose, my fianc and I decided to dedicate our lives to learning more about them.

I have owned rats, bunnies, lizards, snakes, dogs, cats, and hedgehogs -yet nothing compares to the bond you form with a ferret. That being said, you should only get a ferret if you have the time to play with them, train them, and help them live their best life! These often misunderstood animals deserve dedicated owners.

We applaud you for taking the time to bring a new member into your family.

How much do ferrets cost at PetSmart?

How much are ferrets at PetSmart, ferrets at really cheap at PetSmart starting from the price 50$ to 299$. Depends on what type of breed, age, size you want as a pet. Although, the price of ferret is much less than the price associated with ferrets, like buying a cage, toys, medical care, deodorant, washer, and food.

Do I need to buy 2 ferrets?

Ferrets are highly sociable creatures. … If this is not possible, it might be best to keep more than one ferret. Ideally, ferrets should be kept either in a pair or a small group. Same sex litter mates or neutered males and females can be kept together.

Do ferrets stink?

Ferrets have a natural, normal smell but that doesn’t mean they should stink. Ferrets are popular pets, but many people note that they have a distinct odor to them. This musky smell is something that most ferret owners get used to and eventually don’t even notice, but sometimes the stink is worse than it should be.

Are ferrets a good pet?

Ferrets make excellent pets for people who have the time for them, and who bond well with animals. Ferrets are naturally quiet, friendly, inquisitive, intelligent, and companionable. At certain points in the day, they are also exceedingly active and capable of getting themselves into trouble unless they are supervised.

California, for example, allows only neutered males to be kept; and in Carson City, Nevada, it is illegal to own a ferret if you have a small child in your household. In addition to the purchase price, you can expect to pay another $150 to $350 for vaccinations (including rabies), veterinary examinations, and basic supplies.

You will also need to budget for spaying or neutering your new pet, so check with your veterinarian for costs before making your purchase decision. Once you bring your new ferret home, you will need to budget for renewals of vaccinations, routine veterinary care, and applicable licenses. Your ferret will, of course, need food, plus you will need to regularly buy litter, deodorizing cleaners, over-the-counter medicines including hairball remedies, and vitamin supplements, shampoos, collars and leads, etc.

The child must be able to recognize that a ferret behaves differently from a dog, cat, or other pet. Ferrets are not recommended for a household with children younger than 6 or 7 years, and especially close supervision would be required around infants or babies. Because they are natural hunters, ferrets usually can’t be trained to get along with birds, fish, rabbits, rodents, or lizards.

As they seem to accept each other, you can gradually allow them to interact freely under close supervision. A domestically bred ferret will usually not be vicious or aggressive, but it is in its nature to enjoy games that simulate hunting, tug-of-war, chasing, or mock combat. It will be up to you to establish those boundaries appropriately, without hurting your ferret or teaching it to fear or mistrust you.

What Age to Get Because ferrets retain a lot of wild tendencies, they require affection, care, and understanding. If you are not able to devote the added time and energy required for raising a kit, adopting or rescuing an older animal may be the perfect solution. A kit, while requiring more time, training, and patience than a mature ferret, will reward you with added playfulness and adaptability; and you will have the joy of watching it grow.

An unaltered, unmated jill will remain in “heat” for six months out of each year, and that will involve changes in her behavior as well as her physical characteristics. Scented or Descented Healthy ferrets naturally have only a slight musky odor that comes from a gland under the skin. Descenting your ferret, removing the scent sac, will not help the natural musky healthy odor and it can lead to a host of medical problems.

Neutered ferrets will rarely release their scent unless they are extremely agitated or frightened. Even then the scent dissipates quickly and can be treated with special solvents or left to evaporate on its own. Litter Training Unlike cats, ferrets don’t naturally prefer to use a litterbox.

You may need to keep a small amount of dirty litter in the pan for a little while to help your pet understand the box’s purpose, and you can discourage the ferret from using other corners of the room or enclosure by covering them with bedding or food bowls. Prepare to be patient, to regress now and then, to clean up mistakes very carefully using an enzyme or bacterial-based odor remover, and to be vigilant until your pet gets the hang of it. Depending on the size of your ferret (hobs are about twice as big as jills), you will want to be certain to block all holes over 1/2″ x 1″.

Block doorways with specially designed safety gates, or with wood or Plexiglas pieces slotted into the doorframe. Fasten heavy fabric or thin plywood across the bottoms of couches, sofas, etc. Also, because ferrets love to nibble on floor fabrics, you may need to place a plastic carpet protector over any sections that your pet finds especially appetizing.

Be extra careful to safeguard the contents of drawers and cabinets to prevent your ferret from opening them, and to keep medicines, soaps, cleaners, etc. Close toilet lids to avoid drowning accidents, and supervise sinks, bathtubs, buckets, etc. To keep your ferret from chewing on your “safe” plants, you can try coating the leaves with Bitter Apple or a similar solution.

Like a cat, dog, or child, you will need to protect your ferret from suffocation hazards including plastic bags and drapery cords. They chew more vigorously, and foam or rubber or small parts can get lodged in their windpipes or cause intestinal blockage. Specially made ferret tunnels, hammocks, and swings are also great favorites and will provide hours of amusement.

Food Your ferret needs plenty of fresh water and a diet high in fat and protein. Kaytee makes a good ferret food specially formulated for your pet’s nutritional requirements, and we offer it through our Web site or mail-order catalog. In any case, avoid fish and fish-flavored cat food, which can create a litterbox odor problem, and do not feed your ferret dog food as that will fill your ferret up without providing some of the necessary nutrients.

Avoid chocolate, caffeine, tobacco products, colas, coffee, tea, ice cream, milk, and onions. Ferrets do need variety, though, and they will do just about anything for a treat-including learning tricks such as sitting up, walking to heel, begging, and rolling over.

How Much Do Ferret Supplies Cost?

If you are looking for a cheap alternative to a cat or dog, a ferret may not be for you. Ferrets themselves cost anywhere from

So… Should You Get a Ferret?

Once you own a ferret, they will require regular vet visits and vaccinations. For reference, this is what we pay for our three ferrets on a regular basis:The older a ferret gets, the more expensive their care will become. For example, last year we had a couple emergency vet visits for our ferret Moose that cost us around $1000 in total.We believe our ferrets are worth the cost, but it is important to make sure you are ready for the significant financial commitment.