Ferret Mating

Summer and Winter guide for Ferrets

Ferrets are native to central North America. They do pretty well during the winter season as their fur gets harder and provides enough warmth during winter. They won’t be able to survive much during the summer as they can easily be prone to heatstroke. Also, their fur will not be much and softer compared to winter fur as they need to cool their body.

During the Winter

How cold is too cold for Ferrets?

Ferrets won’t be able to survive when the temperature falls below 55°F. They get easily affected by hypothermia. Hypothermia symptoms include:

  • Reluctance to move
  • Breathing has become fast shallow
  • Loss of appetite

Never try to treat your pet on your own. Take them to their veterinarian immediately.

Identifying Cold Ferrets

When your Ferrets shiver or curl up like a ball, then they are extremely cold. You can also check their body temperature by keeping the thermometer below their ears.

Can Ferrets Freeze to Death?

Ferrets can even play in the snow during the winter season it depends on the fur they have. Slowly place your ferret in snow and observer them. If they run back to you then they don’t like snow. They can freeze to death if the temperature is below 55oF. Keep them indoors during the winter season when the temperature is too low so they can stay warm and survive.

Ferret Snow

Protecting Your Ferrets from the Cold

  • Protect your Ferrets by keeping them indoors. As the temperature of your house also decreases during the winter season, make sure to not place their enclosure near windows, doors, or the air conditioning.
  • Place them in a warm and quiet area in your house. Remember to consider that they like socializing and watching. You may use blankets or heating pads to monitor their cage’s temperature during this season.
  • Ferrets easily develop a respiratory infection when the temperature drops below 50°F.

Bedding

It is highly recommended to have any kind of substrate in their cage so that your Ferrets get the required warmth from them. Beddings ensure they get the right temperature, especially during the winter.

Keeping Ferrets Warm During the Nights

You can keep their cage at a certain height so that the heat will be trapped inside. Make sure the bedding is 2-3 inches high to retain the temperature in the cage. Always make sure the cage is dry during the nights.

Do Ferrets change fur color during winter?

Indoor ferrets don’t change color but when you keep your ferrets outdoor you will notice changes in their color and in their fur texture. The fur will become hard, rough may be dark in color to withhold the heat.

What is a Ferret’s food intake in winter?

Ferrets eat more in winter compared to the summer season. They have to burn more calories to maintain their body temperature, so feed them a little extra during the winter months. You have to check the water bottles of the Ferrets regularly to make sure they aren’t frozen.

The Sleep Cycle

Pet ferrets adjust accordingly to their daily sleep cycle. In Summer they sleep a lot than in winter. Wild Ferrets sleep a lot during winter compared to summer.

Do Ferrets hibernate?

No, they don’t. They will be active all day, but they tend to sleep a couple of hours more during winter.

Ferret Lose Weight

During the Summer

Protect Ferrets from High-Temperature Sunlight

  • Never place your Ferrets’ Cage where there is direct sunlight. Ferrets are very sensitive to extremely high temperatures that may even kill them.
  • You can use an air conditioner or fan to cool them off. Place their Cage in a shady spot. You can also use frozen water bottles in their enclosure to reduce the Cage temperature.
  • If the cage temperature is high, try to cover the enclosure using a damp cloth. Have a thermometer attached to their cage and monitor the temperature changes.
  • During the summertime, groom them by trimming their hair to reduce their body temperature. A thick coat of hair heightens the chances of your Ferret suffering from a heatstroke. If they have many hairs, then they can easily suffer from heatstroke.
  • The water source for them should be available all the time. Providing Heavy watered foods to your Ferrets will make them hydrated.

How hot is too hot for the Ferrets?

Temperatures exceeding 76°F may kill your Ferret. Ferrets do not sweat, so they cannot regulate their body temperatures using that method

Playtime during summer

  • You can’t keep your pet indoors or in a cage all the time. Ferrets love to socialize and to play: allocate at least 3 hours’ worth of playtime so that they can stretch out their body and can remain healthy.
  • Ensure the outdoor area is free from predators. Your garden is a safe place, but remember to set up an area similar to the contents of their cage (accessible hiding spots, hay, and play pipes). Make sure they stay within that area to exercise.

Heat Stroke

Temperatures above 78°F will make your Ferret suffer a heatstroke. Heatstroke is fatal to Ferrets; this may lead to their death.

Symptoms of Heat Stroke

  • Weakness and lethargy
  • Restlessness
  • Panting
  • Salivating
  • Confusion
  • Convulsions

Don’t try to treat your Ferrets on your own. Take them out to their veterinarian immediately. In the meantime, use a damp cloth to place over them to cool off their body.

Final Thoughts

Extreme heat is dangerous to Ferrets since they are very sensitive. No matter what season, make sure that they eat, sleep, and play regularly. If they do, they will be happy and healthy.

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