1. Keep your new ferret and existing ferret caged separately for a few weeks after
you bring the new ferret home. This will lessen the stress of the introduction and
reduce the chances that the new ferret will give your existing ferret a parasite
or disease. One gastrointestinal disease ferrets can pass to one another is
ECE. Ferrets can shed this virus for months after symptoms disappear, so it is
very hard to keep them from giving it to each other. However, if you keep them
separated and the new ferret shows symptoms of ECE (slimy green diarrhea),
you can do your best to keep them apart until the disease passes.
2. After the quarantine period, put your new ferret's cage right next to your current ferret's cage. This will allow them to get used to each other and each other's scent. It is not a good idea to just throw both ferrets in the same cage together, especially if your ferret is not used to interacting with other ferrets.
3. Only let the new ferret and your current ferret interact under your direct supervision. Let them sniff each other and check each other out. Don't be surprised if they start to wrestle. Ferrets do have a pecking order in their social groups. Wrestling helps establish each ferret's place in the group.
4. Take your time with the introduction. Don't expect your current ferret to just "get along" with the new ferret right off the bat. Introductions can only take a few days in some cases, however in other cases introductions can take months.
5. Give your current ferret lots of attention and praise during the introduction of the new ferret. Your current ferret may feel left out or jealous if you are spending lots of time with your new ferrets. For more information on ferret introductions, check out The EverythingFerret Complete Guide to Ferrets and Ferret Care!
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