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Ferrets are a popular pet in the United States, and are very playful and entertaining to watch. Ferrets are carnivores and have specific nutritional needs. They should be kept in an appropriate cage when not supervised, and the environment should be "ferret proofed" before allowing them to roam . They should always be closely supervised since they have a talent for getting into trouble!
Most pet ferrets are spayed and neutered before they arrive at pet stores. They are susceptible to canine distemper and rabies and should be vaccinated annually for both. We recommend annual wellness visits to help keep your ferret happy and healthy throughout its life. Adrenal disease is quite common in ferrets and can be treated and well managed if diagnosed early.
Ferrets live an average of 6-8 years, and the males tend to be larger than the females. You can expect your pet ferret to sleep for about 16 hours a day and be more active in the mornings and evenings. They have a keen sense of smell and a reputation for being "thieves".