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Noises of Ferrets

Ferrets love to socialize, and the noises they make reflect their emotions. Some of the noises that Ferrets make are

  • Whistling or Wheeking or squealing
  • Purring
  • Hissing
  • Chirping
  • Chutting
  • Rumbling
  • Teeth chattering
  • Complaining or moaning
  • Shrieking
  • Cooing
  • Sneezing
  • Breathing fast
  • Stomach noises

Happy

If your pet is happy, then they will hop up and down, lick you, and if they like their partner, they rub their noses. Cute, isn’t it?

Whistling/Wheeking/Squealing

This sound indicates excitement, usually characterized by a high-pitched sound. You can often hear this sound when they are playing, eating food, and/or when they are around the people they like.

Cooing

This is a sound of love. When they love someone, they coo to show their affection. The more your pet grows fond of you, the more you will hear this when you approach.

Chutting

Most people won’t recognize this sound, but a chutting noise is similar to frogs’ deep sound. When your Ferret completes their routine, it gives them a feeling of peace, meaning they are happy.

Rumbling

Male Ferrets produce this sound to attract a female Ferret during mating season. If the female likes the male, she lets him near her.

Anxiety/Aggression

When they are scared, uncomfortable, or unhappy with you, they will freeze, fidget, or keeps their head up in the air. Teeth-baring, hissing, and strutting noises are among the common things Ferrets do when they are aggressive.

Hissing

When they are upset about something or angry, they hiss. Ferrets are not aggressive, and they usually resort to fleeing when they feel there is danger. But sometimes, when they are in a very bad mood, they may hiss and act aggressively when you approach.

Purring

  • High-pitched purring means they are annoyed.
  • Short purring means they are afraid.
  • Contented Ferrets will make low purring sounds.

Teeth Grinding

This sound is similar to hissing. Ferrets make this sound when they express aggression and are ready to fight. It’s best to back off when they make this sound.

Stress/Depression/Afraid/Sad

A stressed Ferret will be aggressive and show the signs listed above. They get stressed when you change their hutch or when something irritates them.

A depressed Ferret will be less energetic and avoid their partner. If your pet is either stressed or depressed, it is better to consult their veterinarian.

Shrieking

Be attentive when your Ferrets produce high-pitch shrieking sounds. This is because something is making them afraid – whether it be a predator or something unusual entirely. Check their body for any wounds and keep them safe by taking them indoors.

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Sneezing

Colds affect Ferrets, so if they produce a high-pitched sneezing sound, they might be experiencing an illness. If it is because of a cold, take them to their veterinarian immediately. Symptoms include:

  • Runny eyes and nose
  • Heavy breathing
  • Coughing
  • Crackling sound from its chest
  • Half-closed eyes

Sneezing can also be an indication of an allergy. Avoid using deodorant, room fresheners, Aspen, and pine bedding around them, as these may trigger an allergic reaction. Dust also elicits sneezes.

Hyperventilating

Ferret’s heartbeat rates and breathing are higher than that of us humans. They breathe quietly and quickly, so if you notice a slight change, then it might be a sign of respiratory infections. Take them to the vet immediately.

Stomach Noises

This isn’t similar to the sound our stomachs make when we are hungry. For Ferrets, it is because they produce more gas during digestion.

But sometimes, these sounds can be because of gastrointestinal tract issues. In that case, your pet can die if left untreated. Some of the symptoms of gastrointestinal issues include:

  • Bloated tummy
  • Loss of appetite
  • Hunching over
  • Constipation
  • Reduction in pooping
  • Poor fur condition

If your Ferret has overgrown teeth is because of the lack of fiber content. This can cause a gastrointestinal problem called Gut Stasis. Take them to their veterinarian immediately and give them a lot of hay to chew.

Body Language

Ferrets can’t communicate the way humans do, so an important way to understand your pet is by observing their body language and knowing what these gestures mean. This includes the noises they make, too.

Freezing

If your pet refuses to move, then they are monitoring its surroundings. This usually occurs when they feel something unusual is present. Take a look around your Ferrets’ playing area when this happens.

Sniffing

Sniffing is an indication of curiosity. They do this so they may know more about whoever they smell. 

Touching noses

When the Ferrets touch each other’s noses, they are in love, and it is best not to separate them. They also rub their cheeks and sniff around their partner.

Cute Ferret

Strutting

Strutting occurs with male Ferrets during mating season. This is done to attract females; when a male struts, he is giving the signal. BUT if you notice your Ferret struts in the presence of their group, then they are angry.

Scent Marking

If your Ferret rubs on you, they classify you as theirs. They rub against the objects or with the people they love to mark what they believe is theirs. They may also urinate on the objects to show their dominance to other Ferrets to convey the message, “Do not touch my object“.

Fidgetting

Ferrets may fidget when they are about to poop. But if they do this when they are cuddling, it could also be because they do not like it.

Running away

Newly bought Ferrets may run away from you at first. A newly bought Ferret may run whenever you go closer to the. They run away from you. This is normal. Let them take their time to adjust to their new home. Be more patient and give them their space. Eventually, they will get used to you and won’t run from you again.

Final Thoughts

Ferrets aren’t able to express their emotions, so we have to observe their body language in order to know when to help them.  Their mood depends on cage parameters and adequate food intake.  Ferrets must be taken care of properly for them to live happy life.

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