A Few Interesting Facts
about Ferrets in Massachusetts
ferrets sold in Massachusetts must be spayed, neutered and have
initial rabies and distemper vaccinations. The follow-up vaccinations
are the responsibility of the owner.
seldom cause allergies. People who are generally allergic to cats
and dogs don't usually have problems with ferrets.
are usually not territorial. They often get along with other ferrets
quite well, and with dogs and cats if introduced properly.
do not 'go feral' or 'wild'. A loose ferret will typically die
of starvation within 4 days. They have no instinctive knowledge
of what is or is not food. They will die within 24 hours
of exposure as they cannot tolerate freezing weather or heat of
90F. There have been no reports of any feral colonies of
domestic ferrets in any of the 48 states where they are legal.
are classified as domestic animals, who are completely dependent
on people for their existence. They are commonly mistaken for their
distant cousin, the wild Black Footed Ferret, which is now endangered. To
compare a Black Footed Ferret to a domestic ferret is like comparing
a toy poodle to a wolf or a domestic short haired cat to a mountain
Massachusetts, only licensed breeders and research institutions
will be allowed to possess whole or unneutered ferrets.
ferrets typically weigh from 2-5 pounds and can grow up to 18 inches
in length. Female ferrets are typically half the weight of
a male and can grow up to 16 inches in length. They come
in a variety of colors, with sable and white being the most common. Ferrets are very lively animals and their
play resembles that of an over exuberant puppy. They are
very curious explorers.
of ferrets is called a "business".
ferret is called a Jill and a male is called a Hob. A spayed
female is called a Sprite and a neutered male is called a Gib.
Massachusetts Colonial Navy has a ferret as its mascot.
do not claw or chew on furniture and are very quiet animals that
do not make much noise.
are easily litter trained. However, for a ferret, close counts!
maintain their playful nature throughout their lives and generally
live 6-8 years but can reach the age of 10.
were given as gifts by Queen Victoria who raised albino ferrets.
will never give you a dull moment. They are very inquisitive
and playful when awake, but sleep most of the day (16 hours), if
allowed to. They easily adapt to their owners schedule and
will be awake when they are home and attentive.