Ferrets are loyal, playful, intelligent, affectionate, and full of hilarious antics. I have never met a person who didn't laugh after seeing a happy ferret leap and bounce around a room during play (the "dance of joy")! Ferrets can easily help chase the blues away after a hard day.
However, ferrets are a big responsibility and can require expensive medical treatments and surgeries. You will also need to modify your home by ferret proofing areas to keep them safe (see Ferret Proofing) Please do your research (and make sure you have funds available for medical care and food) before purchasing or adopting a ferret.
You should ask yourself the following questions before purchasing a ferret:
Will you be able to afford to pay for high quality food ($15.00 or more a bag), supplies and possibly up to $1000.00 or more for veterinary bills?
Do you have at least 3 hours a day free for supervised out of the cage "ferret play time," and additional time for grooming and cage cleanings? Will you modify and ferret proof your home to keep them safe?
Are you a patient person? Will you get very upset or want to get rid of the ferret if it scratches a hole in the carpet (or other furnishings), or uses the bathroom on the floor (if the answer is yes, don't get a ferret)?
Are you willing to make changes to your home to protect your ferret and your furnishings?
Will you be able to provide constant supervision between your ferret and your young children? Will you be able to help with the care of the ferret? Do you have other pets at home that your ferret may not get along with?
Are ferrets legal in your state or county?
For more information on ferret ownership, training and much more, check out The EverythingFerret Complete Guide to Ferrets and Ferret Care.Here is a video of our ferret Lucy trying to hide our kitchen broom...: