When Ferrets Reach Adulthood?

At what age is a ferret fully grown?

By 8 months of age, the ferret kit reaches its adult structure. The average weight for a neutered, adult female ferret is around 1 pound 6 ounces; the average weight for a neutered, adult male ferret is 2 to 4 pounds. When ferrets reach adulthood, they become much more self-sufficient and independent, making them an ideal pet for anyone who wants a loving, active companion animal without the extra work of kittenhood. As a ferret nears maturity, it will reach this stage at varying times, depending on the particular animal. However, as a general guide, ferrets become mature at eighteen to twenty-four months old.

Once a ferret reaches adult status, their bodies tend to change in some ways. Most notably, the demographic ratio characterized by some of the most recognizable physical characteristics and behaviors starts to become more obvious. Some ferrets may become more active, while others may become quieter and more reserved. Additionally, adult ferrets will have longer, heavier fur and will become increasingly stronger.

In comparison to younger ferrets, adult ferrets tend to be more independent and opinionated. They will start rebelling against many commands or commands and acting on instinct, rather than obedience. As such, adult ferrets need to be handled differently. Routines and discipline must be established and consistent, to the point where ferrets become used to the same command and response.

Adult ferrets, depending on the age and sex, will also become more aggressive. Unlike many younger ferrets, who tend to be skittish and do not mind a lot of cuddles, adult ferrets, especially males, may become more territorial. Boys can also enter a ‘hump’ stage, which is a desire to mount, bite and ‘hump’ pet toys, as a way to establish dominance. As such, when a ferret reaches adulthood, socialization becomes even more important.

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At the same time, a ferret’s behaviors become more distinct, and so, their diet may also change. Whereas, this may have been more unstructured and ‘anything goes’ approach for younger ferrets, adult ferrets need to have a consistent, health, and balanced diet. This should include a variety of ferret kibble, as well as, fresh, healthy, and, preferably, organic, meals, fruits, and vegetables, and, where appropriate, treats, such as, marshmallows, yogurt, or, baby, food.