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The Pet Food Manufacturers’ Association (PFMA), Aviation House, 125 Kingsway, London, WC2B 6NH





Ferrets are inquisitive, playful animals and, if well cared for, make loyal pets for up to ten years.  There are no ferrets in the wild which means we are still learning about their needs.  However, we do know that they are likely to have descended from polecats and their name means ‘little thief’!

Ferrets are great fun as pets but they have very specific needs that must be met if they are to be healthy and happy. PFMA is a member of the Animal Welfare Education Alliance and we believe that owning and caring for a pet is a big responsibility.  We recommend all owners read about their duty of care, as outlined in the Animal Welfare Act, and understand about their pet’s five welfare needs.

On our website, we have information on providing for a ferret’s five needs and focus mainly on our area of expertise, which is nutrition.  However, we have great tips on housing requirements and also cover their other needs, giving you links to additional sources of information.  

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