Naughty Ferret

Sleep Routine of Ferrets

Sleeping is very important for all living beings. So all the creatures sleep according to their habitat. Some animals sleep in the daytime and some animals sleep at nighttime. Ferrets sleep according to their habitat.

Ferrets’ sleeping routines

Ferret pets do not stick to the routine of their sleeping schedules. The ferrets were more active during twilight periods, so between 6 and 8 a.m. and 6 and 8 p.m. But pet Ferrets can be trained accordingly to your lifestyle. They sleep about 16 to 18 hours.

This is due to the fact that night and day do not affect them too much in their activity levels. Most ferrets are active throughout the night, too.

  • Cage location is important: The cage should be placed in a location where it has full daylight during the day and has little to no light during the night.
  • Prevent boredom: If the ferrets are left alone, they will feel bored all the time. So, you have to bring them a pair and also provide them with some toys to play with.
  • Activity during the night: ferrets can make a lot of noise while they’re awake during the night.
Baby Ferret

Ferrets at dark

Ferrets are sometimes nocturnal and mostly they are scared of their predators. When the predators attack them, they hide inside their burrows so that the predators could not reach them. But the ferrets do not need any lights at the night to sleep. They are fine with dark or low light.

The ferrets’ predators are birds, snakes, and other nocturnal animals. So, they will try to avoid getting outside when their predators are active but they usually roam at night when it is a predator-free zone.

Baby ferrets

The baby ferrets sleep all the time compared to the adult ferrets. But this habit is completely natural. In fact, there is no difference between humans and ferrets. All the little ones sleep more and more no matter what the species is.

As they grow into adulthood, they will reduce their sleeping level. Because they will be having much strength. So, they do not need much rest as they did when they are young. But anyhow adult ferrets also sleep at least 16 – 18 hours per day.

Where do your ferrets sleep?

In wild, Ferrets usually sleep in the burrows with chambers they’ve created. These burrows protect them from hot and cold environments. Most of the ferret’s cages do not have enough space to simulate these burrows.

So you need to buy a large enough cage with enough depth that the ferrets can create burrows in the bedding material. Try to provide them with a layer of 10 to 15 inches. This will be sufficient for the ferrets to burrow. Your ferret’s pets will create tunnels in the bedding to create a nest in it.

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Sleeping pattern

Ferrets are light sleepers. They will wake up if they hear any noise in the vicinity of their cage. This means that they will need another time to sleep.

This means that they will sleep while you sleep. This way ferrets can become more nocturnal (if you’re awake at night and making some noise) or more diurnal (if you’re at home during the day and making some noise).

Factors that affect a ferret’s sleeping pattern:

  • Age
  • Weather
  • Breed
  • Environment

Environmental factors that affect a ferret’s sleep pattern

  • Ferrets may find difficult to sleep when they struggle to keep themself warm
  • If you keep on interacting with them, they keep on playing. And also they think that their owner brings them some food. This makes them wait without sleeping.
  • The cage should have bedding so that they will burrow and sleep there.

Tips for better sleep

  • Provide your ferret a comfy house.
  • Place the ferret’s cage in a room with a natural day/night light cycle
  • Don’t put the cage near a window
  • Provide enough toys, bedding, and accessories

Ferrets oversleeping

The ferrets do oversleep if they are,

  • Boredom
  • Loneliness
  • Tired
  • Too young
  • Too old

Ferrets can oversleep if they have health issues such as:

  • Digestive issues
  • Dental diseases
  • Respiratory problems
  • Injuries
  • Infections to limbs or internal organs
  • Sickness

Final thoughts

Sleeping is very important for all living beings. The right place and the right time for sleeping are still more important. If Ferrets do not like the place to sleep, their health will get upset and they may undergo illness. So, make sure that your ferret’s pet’s cage is in the right place and also make sure that the cage is clean.

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