The Legal Aspects of Owning a Ferret
Ferrets are considered to be exotic pets and it is only legal to own one in 48 states. This is
because some people are concerned about their unpredictable behaviour, which in some cases have led to
unprovoked attacks against humans.
But in general, local authorities meaning the city or the county government can decide to
follow these guidelines, make stricter rules or not agree with it. Two states that prohibit ferrets as pets are
California and Hawaii.
So you know if you can own a ferret where you reside, you should get in touch with your
wildlife and game department to obtain a current copy of the ordinances. In some places, you will be required to
get a license. Remember, that ignorance of the law is no excuse
when you get caught.
In states that allow you to have ferrets as a pet, you have to comply with some general laws
as well. First, your ferret must be vaccinated against rabies by six months of age using the USDA licensed
rabies vaccine. A copy of the vaccination certificate must be filed with the clerk of the city or town within 30
days where the ferret resides. Lastly, rabies vaccination must be administered annually.
People who want to own a ferret may do so as long as it is neutered or spayed at the time this
was purchased. It should have also been given inoculation against distemper and a copy of this should also be
kept when this is asked for by the authorities.
For breeders, the person can only do so by obtaining a license from the local gaming and
wildlife department. This has to be renewed annually and when the offspring are sold to the public, they also
have to be neutered or spayed before the sale is made.
Schools or research institutions may acquire a ferret for scientific study provided breeding
shall not be offered for sale or trade.
In the past, ferrets were used to assist hunters go after other wild animals. Another
provision states that it is unlawful to do so through the use of a ferret.
If ever the owner does not want to keep the ferret anymore, the person is not allowed to
release it into the wild. It is also prohibited to sell these to the pet shop. The best thing to do will be to
turn this over to an animal shelter so this can be given a better home.
But on a lighter side, what should you do if ever you have a ferret? Owners should always give
them the right food consisting of those rich in protein and low in fats to make them healthy. Water should be
given using a bottle or a bowl so they do not get dehydrated.
The owners should also be sure that the ferret leaves in a safe environment. This can be done
by letting the ferret stay in a cage and making the place ferret proof so they do not injure themselves or cause
damage to your house.
Ferrets will sometimes get carried away and do some bad things. When this happens, you must
never hit them and instead find a more constructive way of telling them that they should not do it again. Most
importantly, love your ferret because when you do, they will also love you back.