My very first ferret

by Nicole
(Adelaide, South Australia, Australia)

I’ve had Satay for just over a week now. I picked her up when she was 4 days shy of 8 weeks old and have experienced the pain of teething first hand (I kid you not, the teeth marks on my hand prove this).

After a week I am happy to report that she is settling in nicely and her sweet and crazy ways are winning everyone over. She spent a long time unwrapping her christmas present and we all watched her do it.

As my first ever pet (as in, one my mother isn’t looking after) I find that I am worried that I am going to screw up and get my little girl killed. That said, she’s certainly adventerous, the leap off the vet table to escape a distemper vac was heart stopping for me. Given time, I am certain that we will come to understand one another.

I am also certain that the cute mouthing will stop being cute when all of her baby teeth are gone, I’m working on the idea of “NO” at the moment and hiss at her. So far, not too bad.


Love the ferret!

Comments for My very first ferret

May 28, 2010 Can I give my teething ferret a bitter biscuit for teething kids?
by: bensmanda

Can I give this to him? He is teething. I checked and he is getting teeth. He is chewing on everything. Even the fleece blankets and anything he can find! Please help!!!!!!!

To ensure that I get it, please send any help to this email address:


with the subject line “BITTER BISCUIT FOR A FERRET” so I know to open it!

Thanks in advance!

Jan 03, 2010 Satay Update
by: Nicole

OMG! How quickly do they grow! She’s so much bigger already.

Still biting. Still incredibly cute. Still a sweetheart.

Scarily she threw up the other day. I totally freaked out and called in a friend of my parents who had kept ferrets for years. As she had slept and woken up bright he told me not to worry and that she had either eaten something bad or suffered a little too much excitement/heat.

It was a scary couple of hours though. She also pawed the roof of her mouth and the day after had extra teeth! Extra teeth! Amazing little creatures.

Love her muchly!

Satay’s mother.

Dec 31, 2009 Chester
by: Nona

I am thrilled to know that my website has helped you train Chester not to bite!

Young ferrets play with humans like they play with their litter mates – all mouths and silliness 🙂 Thankfully they’re really intelligent little creatures and it doesn’t take them long to learn that such behaviour is unacceptable!

Please give Chester a big hug from his new pals down under. I know he’ll give you and your husband many years of love and laughter and you’ll wonder what took you so long to get a ferret 😀

Happy 2010 to you all!



Dec 31, 2009 Chester
by: Marx

I just wanted to say I have to thank the people who own this page, without you we wouldn’t know what to do.

I bought Chester the day after Christmas for my husband. He is in Heaven – he can’t get enough of him. He plays with him nonstop and with the help from your website, the biting has gotten better.

When we got Chester he was a little over 8wks old and I have to tell you his bites were not gentle but as my husband continues with the “NO” and hissing as you recommend, I have to say his biting has gotten better even in this short week, soo thank you veryy much!

Dec 27, 2009 Congratulations
by: AnonymousBobbi

Congrats on your fuzzy little bundle of joy, Nicole! I’ve had my fuzz-butts for just over a year & I learn something new about each one every day. Mostly just how much fun & trouble they are lol. This website & the book “Ferrets For Dummies” are the best sources of information on ferrets. I hope you enjoy your fuzzy for many years to come!

Dec 26, 2009 Merry Christmas
by: Anonymous

Congratulations Nicole on your ferret. Stay patent with her and you two will have a very interesting time. Merry Christmas and what a great gift!

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