People usually have various types of animals in their household. If you are one of them and want to introduce a new pet, a ferret, to your home then it will be important for you to know about the behavior of the new animal with the existing ones like a dog, cat or other animals like birds or other ferrets. It is not easy to find an answer to this question as it mainly depends upon the qualities and personality of the animals, ferrets and the other animals.
Though, sometimes dogs, cats, and ferrets can be good with each other still it will be necessary for you to protect both the ferrets and other animals, by monitoring them closely. However, if they could not get along amicably then you will have to ensure the safety of each one by keeping them away from each other.
So before bringing a new ferret to your home, you must know how difficult or easy it is going to be for you when you already have a dog, cat, bird or another ferret with you. Brief information provided here under can be helpful for you in this regard.
Ferrets and Dogs
The behavior of a ferret with a dog can be a very individualistic and complicated issue. Before introducing a ferret to a dog you will have to consider the temperament of your dog. The dogs that are tamed for hunting small things can be impulsive to chase ferrets otherwise they can be friendly with them. A ferret can get hurt while playing with large or territorial dogs especially when it goes too close to their food or toys. In such conditions, the dog can be tempted to dash on or chase the ferret. A large dog can also hurt the ferret due to his nature or accidentally. So if you have a large dog in your home then you will have to be cautious while introducing a ferret to him. You should keep them away from each other or avoid bringing a ferret to your home if they get aggressive or you are doubtful in this regard.
Ferrets and Cats
Though the behavior of a ferret with a cat can depend on their temperament still they can easily manage to live in one house as usually, they tend to play with each other. But when you bring a ferret to your home, you will have to be cautious as there can be exceptions of hurting each other while playing together. You should not allow them to play unless you are sure that together they will be fine. Moreover, if you have a grown-up ferret and a kitten in your home then you should allow them to play in your supervision as it will be tough for the kitten to tackle the ferret.
Ferrets and Birds
Normally, it is not easy for ferrets to mix up with small pets like rabbits, rodents, snakes, birds, and small lizards as they are carnivorous by nature. He can hurt them even if he has no intention to treat them as his meal. Your ferret can intend to chase the birds as their quick movement can trigger his predator and carnivorous instincts.
So, if you are bringing a new ferret to your home when you already have a dog, cat, ferret or bird in it then it is better to be safe than sorry. You should keep them separate as much as possible.
Ferrets and Multiple Ferrets
You can allow multiple ferrets to live together in your home if the number of ferrets is limited or the hose is not overcrowded. Young ferrets may not be sociable sometimes but in older ones personality clashes can be very serious. Though the ferrets that are used for chattering and wrestling matches may not hurt each other still you will have to be cautious to maintain your peace of mind. Even if two ferrets fight together, you can rarely find any mark on their skin as their skin can resist the penetration of claws and teeth due to its toughness. However, the situation can be challenging for a new ferret if you are introducing it to a group of ferrets in your home. Usually, elder ferrets can easily adjust with younger ones due to lack of their stamina as well as the enthusiastic nature of youngsters.
Written by: Webard