Friday, November 19, 2010

Ferrets And Neutering

Because most ferrets come from large scale breeders, the majority of them are spayed or neutered before they arrive at pet stores. But should you happen upon a ferret that hasn’t been spayed or neutered, make sure you do it between the ages of 4 – 6 months.

Because.

Female ferrets need to be spayed to sustain their health (and protect their lives), which I mentioned on last Friday’s ferrety post. Male ferrets, on the other hand, need to be neutered for behavioural reasons.

When you neuter a male female, it will reduce his odor, prevent him from marking his territory (like a male cat does) with a foul-smelling slime and make him less aggressive. An intact male ferret can become extremely hostile and very aggressive, so much so that he may kill another ferret, male or female.

So if you have an intact male (not neutered), make sure to get him fixed as soon as he’s ready. He’ll be happier, and you’ll be happier. Win-win.

Right, Bailey?

Okay, buddy, let’s just leave it at that...

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