09-29-2017 06:40 PM
Like the title suggests, I'm having problems bonding my ferrets with our new kitten. Reed and Iris, my ferrets, are very interested in Shiro, my kitten. They love sniffing his bottom and his face, but he always bats them away and hisses. Currently, Reed and Iris only come out for 3-4 hours a day in their ferret room so they don't have a lot of contact with Shiro normally. My boyfriend and I have been supervising their time together, but it's only lasted about ten minutes due to the kitten's behavior to my ferret babies. The kitten's claws are very sharp and his bites are hard so I don't want to leave them alone together. I think the ferrets could gang up on him too if pushed hard enough.
I guess what I'm asking is there a way to get them to become friends? We are ferret-proofing the living room soon and I want them to coexist in the same space.
09-29-2017 11:34 PM
Hi kayisacat. I would like to share with you an article from Drs. Foster and Smith that can we helpful with your inquiry. How to Introduce Ferrets to Other Pets.
09-30-2017 10:38 AM
09-30-2017 12:14 PM
I'm no expert in mixing ferrets with any other animals. I only have ferrets, but this is an interesting article.
10-03-2017 02:59 PM
I have dogs, cats, Guinea pigs, ferrets and a lop eared rabbit. Sometimes I see a dog sleeping with a cat or a cat sniffing with a caged ferret or all pets wanting to see the new piggie that whistles loudly instead of the normal noise. My cats are much bigger than my largest ferret and I would never leave them unsupervised! Even in a play fight the ferret would be the underdog! I think it would be how to make them tolerate each other. Cats and ferrets are not easy to train. Even if they are like my pets and are friendly at times, I wouldn't leave them alone. The dog I see sleeping with the cat will snap if the cat does the "kneading" thing cats do or the curious cat tries to get their paw into the piggies cage. My pets are spoiled but I think many pet people keep animals separated unless watched. There are many dogs, cats and more that are gentle with other animals but cats and ferrets are both curious and hard to train. It would be very sad to see any animal hurt. Maybe get another kitten? Let each animal with its own kind. I like to have pairs, every living being needs to be with its own kind if possible. With so many unwanted animals it's wonderful to help out a few!
10-04-2017 01:17 PM
10-04-2017 02:08 PM
Love this article! I'll defiantely have Shiro sniffing the ferrets' bottoms and vice versa!
10-04-2017 02:09 PM
As much as I would like to get another cat, we're only allowed one in our apartment since we already have the ferrets! I was hoping to make them buddies so Shiro wouldn't be so lonely when my boyfriend and I leave for work each day.
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