Ferrets, like many other pets, have the potential to develop a close bond with their owner. As such, it can be difficult to lose a pet ferret, and questions often arise about what happens when they die. Do ferrets hide when they die?
When a ferret dies, the body will usually go into shock and release endorphins. This can lead to the ferret becoming stiff and unresponsive. The pupils will also usually dilate and the ferret may appear to be in a deep sleep. In some cases, the ferret may also urinate or defecate. Once the ferret has died, the body will begin to cool and rigor mortis will set in.
After death, the ferret will usually be found in the same place where they died. In some cases, however, ferrets have been known to hide their bodies in a secluded spot. This is likely done in an effort to protect the body from predators or scavengers.
If you find your ferret dead, it is important to refrain from handling the body too much. This can cause further rigor mortis to set in and make it more difficult to properly bury the ferret. It is also important to keep in mind that ferrets are susceptible to many diseases, so it is important to wear gloves and wash your hands thoroughly after coming into contact with the body.
If you are able to, bury your ferret in a location that is special to them. This could be in your backyard, at a park, or even in a ferret cemetery. If you are not able to bury your ferret, you can also cremate them. This can be done through a pet crematory or by using a do-it-yourself cremation kit.
Although it can be difficult to lose a pet ferret, knowing what to expect after their death can help make the process a little easier. If your ferret does die, be sure to handle their body with care and give them a final resting place that is meaningful to you.