As many pet owners are aware, once you start bringing animals into your home, it can be rather hard to keep yourself from bringing all the animals into your family. However, you may be curious about how different species get along with each other, and for good reason. Ferrets are known to have big personalities, and that personality may not mesh well with other animals. This article will give you more information about how ferrets and cats may get along.
All in all, ferrets and cats make good companions, but there are a couple of things to keep in mind when considering adding another animal to your family. First of all, cats can be incredibly unreceptive to change. The addition of a new animal into the family can cause even the easiest going cat to become uncomfortable, anxious, and withdrawn during the adjustment period. Take introductions slowly and in well-supervised settings to ensure that your ferret does intrude on your cat’s personal space while they are getting used to each other.
Additionally, ferrets are sturdy animals, but they are not very big animals. Chances are, the average ferret is 3 to 4 times smaller than a small to medium-sized cat, and can be absolutely dwarfed by larger breeds of cats. Cats tend to run away when annoyed, but if pushed enough, cats may bat at, scratch, or bite a ferret. Therefore, it is important to always be in attendance when your ferret and cats can interact, and ensure that your cat and ferret always have an escape route out of an uncomfortable situation.
Of course, do not let this information scare you off from having a ferret and a cat in your family at the same time. Many ferret-cat siblings do enjoy each others company and display that through playtime as well as snuggling together during nap time. No doubt, having a cat and a ferret in your family will surely bring much laughter.