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Do Ferrets Like to Cuddle? Temperament & Tips

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By Kerry-Ann Kerr

domestic white albino ferret relaxing in its owners arms

If you’re new to ferret ownership, you might wonder how affectionate they are. Well, you’ll be pleased to know that not only do ferrets like to cuddle one another, but they also enjoy cuddling their humans! They are incredibly affectionate and sweet, but take time to become comfortable in your home. Ferrets must be given time to adjust to their new environment and you.


A Little Bit About Ferrets

You might be more familiar with ferrets for being mischievous, playful, and energetic, but there is more to them than that. They’re incredibly social and have distinct personalities, so while one will be independent, another will be much more cuddly. So, if you end up with a ferret that doesn’t like to cuddle as much as another, don’t feel like you’re doing something wrong.

Ferrets are an excellent choice for children; they’re happy, friendly animals and are quiet for the most part, as they generally only make noise if they’re injured or frightened. They’re easy to feed and can also be litter trained.

While ferrets are affectionate, it’s important to note that they are also high-energy pets. They spend most of their time playing, so don’t expect to bring home a calm, cuddly pet. After they’ve burned off their energy for the day, ferrets like to relax and show affection by curling up in a blanket on your lap or beside you on the couch.

a group of sable ferrets out in the wild
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Benefits of Cuddling

Cuddling is a big deal in the animal kingdom, so never take for granted how special you are if an animal chooses you to snuggle with. Many animals use cuddles to show how much they trust and love the one they’re cuddling. However, there are also benefits for ferrets and other animals:

  • Aids blood flow
  • Improves sleep
  • Reduces anxiety and stress
  • Strengthens bond
  • Strengthens your ferret’s immune system


How to Encourage Your Ferret to Be Cuddly

It’s tempting to show your new pet how much they mean to you as soon as you get them home. But remember, there’s going to be an adjustment period. It is a new experience for your ferret, and you’ll need to give them space to get used to their environment. So, let’s look at how you can make the transition smooth for your new ferret.

1. Give Them Space

Give your new ferret time to adjust to their new home; leave them alone for a few days to acclimatize. Just make sure they have plenty of water and food during this time. It’s also wise to keep them away from other pets in the house for around 2 weeks.

Allow your ferret to become accustomed to the new sounds and smells before gradual, supervised introductions are made.

2. Talk to Them

Talking to your ferret will get them used to your voice. Some ferrets might take longer than others to get used to you, and you’ll notice them hiding for a few days. Just be calm, patient, and consistent; it will help ease your ferret.

champagne ferret
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3. Get Ready for Cuddles

It won’t take long before your ferret will greet you whenever they see you. If they come up to you, you can even pet them gently on the top of their head. Avoid stroking their face as ferrets have thick whiskers, and stroking them can be irritating.

It’s essential to take everything at your ferret’s pace and try not to rush them, or else you could make them uneasy. Once your ferret is comfortable, they will enjoy playing and exploring, and when they eventually slow down for the day, they’ll be open to cuddling!


How Else Do Ferrets Show Affection?

Ferrets are incredibly social and form close bonds with their families, whether another ferret or a human. Your ferret will likely get along with everyone who spends time with them, but they are known to pick one person they’re incredibly fond of. It is generally the person who provides them with food and spends the most time with them.

Ferrets show affection for their humans in various ways, and cuddling is just one of them. They might want you to hold them, but they can also show you how much they like you by wanting to play. If your ferret is bringing you their favorite toy or constantly wanting to play, they’re showing you how much they like you while also trying to have fun.

If you notice them doing a little dance when you’re nearby, it means they’re excited to see you. So, if they twist and hop about, it’s their way of showing how much you mean to them! If you become your ferret’s favorite person, they’ll never want to leave your side.

Ferret outdoor enjoying relaxation and swimming pool with friends
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Final Thoughts

Ferrets are incredibly affectionate pets that form deep bonds with their owners. It’s important to be realistic about their affectionate behavior. Don’t expect your ferret to cuddle as soon as you bring them home. Give them time to adjust, and be gentle and patient. You’ll be your ferret’s favorite person in no time, and once they’ve slowed down for the day, you can expect a snuggling session before bedtime.

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