Senior Ferret Care

Do you have a pet ferret? These guys can live about 5 to 7 years, or even longer, with good care. Some have even made it to age 10, which is quite a lot for a ferret. However, they are considered seniors at just age 3. A Lexington, KY vet offers some advice on senior ferret care below.

Ferret Retirement

Ferrets go through many of the same changes that we do as we age. Your pet may sleep more than usual, and he may develop problems with their vision and/or hearing. You may notice your little buddy acting a bit cranky, particularly with younger ferrets, as they aren’t up for a lot of play. If you have kits, you may want to keep them in a separate cage.


Senior ferrets sometimes get dry skin. Your tiny friend’s fur may become coarse, start thinning, or even change color. As you may know, hairballs can be a problem with ferrets. Gently brush your miniature furball to remove dead fur. Your vet may recommend hairball preventative products, such as ferret oil. Pedicures are also important. Keep your furry friend’s claws clipped! You can also rub a little oil into their paw pads.


Your ferrets will become weaker, sleepier, and less flexible over time. Your adorable furball will have a harder time running, jumping, and climbing. To make the cage more comfortable, install ramps with side rails instead of stairs, and add extra bedding and senior-friendly litterboxes. Opt for flooring that offers good traction, both in and around the cage, and make sure that food and water bowls are easy to find. Your cute pet will also become more sensitive to heat and cold. Keep your ferret’s room at comfy temperature. We also recommend natural lighting.

Common Issues

Older ferrets are prone to developing a few specific conditions, such as heart disease, tumors, dental issues, and adrenal gland disease. Keep an eye out for signs of illness. These may include things like coughing, weight loss, increased thirst and/or urination, weakness, respiratory issues, diarrhea, lethargy, disorientation, and drooling. Contact your vet immediately if you notice anything wrong.


Senior ferrets can be an absolute joy, as they often get very snuggly. They’re also super cute! Pay lots of attention to your tiny friend.

Do you have questions about senior ferret care? Contact us, your Lexington, KY animal clinic!

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