All babies are cute! It is really hard to resist a baby of any species… but it’s extremely difficult not to fall madly and hopelessly in love with a baby ferret (known as a “kit”). Ferret babies have endless energy (although they do sleep a lot) – they are mischievous and very playful. If you think adult ferrets were always on the move, you have seen anything yet!
Considering buying a baby ferret? It if you already have small children in the house, then it’s probably not a good idea. Here are some considerations you need to take into account.
If your hands are already full with your own children, bring in a baby ferret is likely to consume your time even further. Generally speaking, the more active the ferret, the more of your time it will consume. You are probably already aware of this rule regarding your own children (if you have any)!
Baby ferrets also tend to bite or nibble more than older ferrets. This may not go down well with your small children, often leading to tears and trauma when they are surprised by an unexpected “nip”. Some owners find this cute and almost encourage it from the kit, but this can escalate quickly and before you know it, you have an adult ferret that wont stop biting everyone.
A baby ferret also needs to be trained. You will need to socialize it as well – making sure it gets used to people. Like all “parents”, you will need to show the kit what is right and wrong, a further demand.
A kit also has the extra burden of vaccinations and shots, which all adult ferrets should have already received. There are a series of Canine Distemper shots and some booster shots, which means multiple visits to the vet. It is best to visit the same vet for all vaccinations. Most baby ferrets would have received their first shot from the establishment you received it, but you will need to ensure the full series is carried out.
So, altogether, a lot more effort is required, but there are some benefits: you get to train the ferret the way you want to; the ferret will know you from the start of its life and form a stronger lasting bond with you and your family more easily; the ferret’s habits are linked to the local surroundings, making training easier than if it was relocated when it reached adulthood.
There you have it, a baby ferret is a joy to have, but a responsibility too.