Ferret are highly social little weasels with mountains of personality. It’s not hard to become a fan of these little pet shop favorites. However, if you’re an allergy sufferer or just don’t like hair on your belongings, you might have to think about shedding.
Ferrets do shed naturally, and there’s plenty to know about care and grooming. Plus, certain conditions could cause hair loss, but ferrets aren’t genetically hairless. Let’s go over what you can expect when you own one of these cute critters.
A Ferrets Coat
Ferrets have a very dense double-insulated coat that protects them in their natural habitat. Their fur is totally waterproof, helping them stay properly insulated and buoyant.
Because of composition, these critters have two major sheds in one year. This means that shared volume increases in the spring and fall months as the animal loses and regrows hair appropriate for the oncoming season.
The hair thins out in bulk, leaving larger clumps of hair. During both changes, you should keep up with routine brushing to prevent debris.
Unfortunately, if you’re looking for an animal with minimal shedding—the ferret isn’t for you. But on a regular day, their shed isn’t anything you can’t reduce by keeping up on things.
Brushing Your Ferret
During high shed months, it’s imperative to brush your ferret. It will keep the hair under control, preventing transmission to materials around your room.
Since ferrets typically adore a good petting session, so they shouldn’t resist too much. However, the sooner you acclimate them to brushing, the better.
You can use virtually any brush that works comfortably for your little one. Or you can use a brush specifically for small animals. has plenty to offer to get you started if you’re interested.
On top of keeping your ferret brushed, you can keep good grooming habits, like nail clipping.
Ferrets & Hair Loss
In a world of newly developed hairless pets, do ferrets make the list? The truth is, yes, ferrets can be hairless—but this is a product of other underlying conditions.
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Ferret Adrenal Disease
Ferret adrenal disease causes total hair loss, but it’s also detrimental to the breed. Hair loss usually starts on the tail and works its way up.
Ferret Rat Tail
This harmless condition causes hair loss only on the tail of the ferret. There is no known cause, but it doesn’t hurt the animal.
Yeast infections of the skin is a bacterial build-up, and it can cause patchy hair loss.
If your ferret suddenly develops hair loss, always seek veterinary attention to find the cause.
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So, even though ferrets shed, general upkeep should be a breeze. You can lightly brush your ferret to reduce the majority of the problem. Remember that ferrets have two major shed periods—in the spring and fall. The shed will be much heavier until their coats change over.
Some health issues cause hair loss, but there is no such thing as a hairless mutation in ferrets. If your ferret has a thinning or balding coat, contact your veterinarian for advice.
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