I've been thinking about getting a second ferret for a few months now. I'm going to see someone who has a pair of 2year old males tomorrow but I'm not sure how well introducing two is going to work. My Zulu is about a year old now, he's my first ferret. I feel like he could really benefit from the company because he doesn't really have any one to play with and he seems to get bored sometimes. My small dog plays with him some, but Zulu gets to rough and then gets upset when his buddy runs away. If I do get them, how should I go about introducing them so that Zulu isn't overwhelmed? Also if there's any good questions I should ask about them,I'm trying to make a list?
Usually when you first introduce new ferrets to your current ferret it is always recommended that they are quarantined for 2 weeks to make sure they aren't bringing in any sickness and infecting your current ferret. It also gives your new ferrets a chance to adjust to their new environment. It's best to keep them in a separate room to your current ferret.
When introducing them, keep in mind that when they meet and it doesn't work out you may have to have 2 separate play times. So you need to be prepared for that as well. It's never a guarantee that they will all get along.
You will want to introduce in a neutral space. Since you may bring home a pair, you may want to introduce one at a time to your current ferret because there could be the possibility that the 2 new ferrets could gang up on your current ferret.
Once quarantine is over and all ferrets are healthy, you will want to put the 2 cages side by side but not touching so they can see each other and see how they react. Also you can trade bedding from one cage to the other so that the ferrets can sniff and get use to the smells of the other ferrets.
If any of the ferrets fear poop or pee you will definitely need to take it slow. Sometimes washing the ferrets so they all smell the same helps. Make sure the area you introduce them in is large and one one can get cornered and have space to run if they aren't comfortable.
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