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can chinchillas and ferrets live together

Can Chinchillas And Ferrets Live Together

Chinchillas and ferrets

Chinchillas and ferrets are both similar kinds of pets.

They are both small animal pets who bring much pleasure and joy to their owners.

Their popularity means that they are often both kept in the same environment by the same owner.

What is a ferret?

The ferret is the domesticated form of the European polecat, a mammal belonging to the same genus as the weasel, Mustela of the family Mustelidae.

They typically have brown, black, white, or mixed fur.

They have an average length of 51 cm (20 in) including a 13 cm (5.1 in) tail.

They weigh about 1.5–4 pounds (0.7–2 kg), and have a natural lifespan of 7 to 10 years.

Ferrets are sexually dimorphic predators with males being substantially larger than females.

The history of the ferret’s domestication is uncertain, like that of most other domestic animals.

It is likely that ferrets have been domesticated for at least 2,500 years.

They are still used for hunting rabbits in some parts of the world, but increasingly, they are kept only as pets. (source)

So can chinchillas and ferrets live together?

Unfortunately, they can’t play together.

They are completely different species of animal and keeping a ferret.

A chinchilla in the same environment where they are exposed to each other’s tough would result in injuries and fatalities.

As they are carnivores, ferrets would most happily seek to hunt and eat a chinchilla.

Chinchillas are by far the weaker of the two but can defend themselves using their sharp teeth.

This means that they can’t be put together unfortunately.

The closest they can be possibly be kept together is in separate cages where they are kept apart but they can see each other.

However, this may cause them both undue stress as they won’t like each other.
So it is better if they are kept apart and in different parts of a house or room where they can’t see each other.