Hello! I hope this is the right place to post this question...
Anyways, when considering adoption, 2 is generally always thought to be better than one (particularly if the pair is already bonded and won't be seperated), but my question; Is three ferrets better than two when it comes to first time ferret owners?
Simply asking because although things like the amount of total food would only increase so much by adding another ferret, there are the other factors to consider; getting to know what it's like keeping ferrets, training, spending plenty of quality time with them, and importantly, the amount of emergency back-up funds to have set aside for another ferret....
But are there any obvious advantages to having 3 ferrets rather than 2, or will a pair do just fine?
Honestly time and money will be the big issues with getting ferrets. The idea behind three is so when one passes, the others will have each other. However unless you keep adding a third(not that uncommon TBH), you are going to wind up with that situation anyway
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Ferrets: Contessa Kitties: Watson, Oskar DIP Sinnead, Vincent, Boris, Zeus and Athena, Willow, Mr. Frodo, Indie, Lucrezia, Judge, Odin, Miss Emily, Suki, Cody, Aristotle, Butterscotch, Frankenfurter. RIP Herne, Ligeia, and Mr. Stubbs
Speaking from my own experience, I wanted a baby and was waiting for one to arrive at our local pet store. Then I looked at Craigslist (for the first time) and found a bonded pair, Roamy and Juliet. So, they came home to us. I watched Roamy and Juliet play and saw how amazing a bonded pair are and how much they love each other. I still wanted a baby and Mika arrived. Then, I wanted her to have that bonded experience, so Wynstan arrived. They bonded in the Spring time.
Moral of my story, Two plus One equals Four! The joys of Ferret Math. (dance)
I do generally stick to the 3 ferrets suits me best. Whenever I get down to 2, I get nervous about them bonding strongly and grieving if something happens to one so I end up getting a 3rd again (that's my story and I'm sticking to it, the 3rd is all for the other ferrets). I have over the years had 4 for brief periods but it has never worked that way for long. At the moment 3 is the max I can have.
Having said all that I am always wary of those that adopt 3 (or more) at once that are all the same age. Mine, because I get them from different places and at different ages (ie. some kits some are adult), always range in age. This is better for me because it means I don't suddenly have them all hitting health problems round the same time. There have been runs on issues but generally any problems I have to deal with are spaced out.
I have to admit, that sometimes even with our best efforts getting 3 to prevent bonding that 2 often become bound to each other. My rescue crew right now has 4. Minion and Atreyu despite being in this group are bound. If Atreyu were to die, Minion would grieve heavily. I was hoping that Minion might bind to Lady Natasha but they're actually antagonistic. If Minion were to die Atreyu would possibly be able to handle the loss as he's very close to Boris but Boris has been on borrowed time for over 2 yrs now. I have to admit having 3 or more often helps move ferrets through grief easier. The ones that I've come closest to loosing have been living in pairs without other ferrets for support. ciao