Ferret Background

  • What exactly is a Ferret?

    The domestic ferret (Mustela Putorius Furo) is a small furry mammal from the Mustelidae family. By nature, ferrets are very curious, energetic, funny and lovable. Years ago ferrets were used as hunting companions in a sport called ferreting. Today this practice is illegal in the US and ferrets are now owned mainly as household pets. Ferrets are carnivores (meat-eaters), and require a diet high in meat-based protein and fat. Adult females weigh an average of 1 to 3 pounds and males weigh 3 to 5 pounds. Their average life span is 5 to 8 years when properly cared for. Baby ferrets are called "kits." Adult females are called "jills," and males are called "hobs". Spayed females are known as "sprites" and males as "gibs". Your ferret has already been neutered and descented. Neutering helps avoid serious health complications that may occur as ferrets mature. Descenting helps reduce the odor traditionally associated with ferrets.

  • Do ferrets get along with other pets?

    Ferrets do get along with other household pets, however, they should be introduced slowly. Generally, adult ferrets and cats will tolerate each other, but an adult cat should not be left alone with a kit. Many dog breeds are hunters and should not be left alone with a ferret. Use discretion and good judgment when introducing and allowing other pets to play with your ferret. You can never be too careful. We also recommend allowing sufficient adjustment time when introducing a new kit to an established group of adult ferrets.

  • Where did my ferret come from?
    Your ferret was born and raised in upstate New York by Marshall Farms. The Marshall family has been breeding and raising top quality ferrets since 1939. We are committed to rearing the best quality ferret for you and your family. When your ferret arrives at the pet store, it has been vet checked, well socialized and ready for its new home. Marshall Ferrets are known for their good health and gentle, friendly disposition.
  • How do I find out more about my ferrets?

    This is only a short list containing basic information on your new ferret. There are many books and reference materials available that can provide you with more in-depth ferret information. Contact your local pet store or library for their recommendations. There are also many ferret information resources on the internet including our Ferrets section on our website. You can also find our favorite links to other websites in our blog page.