Why Are Ferrets Illegal In Some Places?

Do you have the legal right to own a ferret where you live?
Do you have the legal right to own a ferret where you live?

Ferrets make great pets. They are cute, playful and will keep your house free of mice and rats. But are they still more wild than domesticated? Ferret owning is illegal in California, Hawaii and some cities and counties, and yet perfectly legal in other parts of the country and in many European countries. What gives?

Ferrets Have Teeth

Ferrets explore the world like a baby or a puppy does - with their mouths. However, a baby has blunt teeth and a puppy can learn quickly to curb his or her bite before they get their permanent teeth in. A ferret, however, has pretty prominent choppers due to their carnivorous diet. This would seem to be blatantly obvious to anyone picking up a ferret, but some will pick up a ferret right after handling food and be really scared when they are nibbled.

Basically, some ferrets with bad behavior have ruined it for the rest of the ferret owning community. The same problem is seen now in owners of Rottweilers, Pit Bulls and German Shepherds. You do need to know a bit about ferret behavior and have reasonably thick skin when working with a ferret. Because little children often lack common sense, they can receive a severe bite before they learn to wash their hands before touching a ferret.

Ferrets also can get rabies and distemper, so some areas of the country are adamant on any animal that can't be fully controlled that can get rabies to not be in the neighborhood.

Where Are Ferrets Illegal?

The list changes depending on the ever fluctuating nature of local law, so it would be best to contact:

Please check that having a ferret is legal where you live before you bring one home. If you are found breaking the law, not only will you have to pay a stiff fine, but your ferret will be killed "in the interest of public safety".

If Ferrets Are Legal Where You Live

In some places like New Jersey, you need a license in order to have a ferret. These are usually called "exotic animal licenses". Prices are usually under $100. You will need proof of inoculations, too.

If you bring a ferret into your life, it is your responsibility to learn about your ferret as much as possible. Don't let him or her be handled by strangers. If you can't teach your ferret not to bite while playing, put a sign on his cage saying "DO NOT TOUCH". Know where your ferret is at all times - they do like to burrow and investigate everything. If your ferret still insists on tasting you or anyone else, make sure you spray bitter apple anti-chew repellent or something equally distasteful on your hands before you handle the ferret.

With responsible and caring behavior, you can make yourself a good ambassador for ferret owners. Perhaps then owning ferrets will soon be seen as the norm rather than the exception, and no one will need to fear them anywhere.

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Comments 115 comments

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Bueller's Way 8 years ago from Massachussetts

I have two of the little monsters and I taught them not to bite except gently in play. Can't understand any of them being ill tempered unless they were mistreated. They're all about wanting to play, getting affection and making a mess of things. No time to be mean to humans.


Sea Mary 7 years ago

Hi, i'm from Portugal. It is ilegal to have ferrets here, but lot's of people do in secret, even some vets treat them knowing it's ilegal. Many animal associations are trying to make it legal to owe a ferret in Portugal, but i don't know what to think, as i never actually saw one and grew up with the idea that they are too wild... maybe i'll change my mind ^_^


7 years ago

trying to convince my father to let us get a ferret any Ideas!!!!


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colleen.michele 7 years ago from Edison, Nj.

I love ferrets I have four of them myself, they are such clowns, they are very therapeutic for bi-polar depression.


ferret lover 7 years ago

I have 14, yes, I know.....I started off with one, It just escalated, lol.

They are adorable, I have a couple of nibblers, but they have never brought blood or tried to really tear me up, they just like to play, they're scamps.


Larry 6 years ago

I hate those stereotypes about ferrets. They've actually been domesticated for thousands of years; in those days, primarily as hunters, but they have still been with humans since then, so how do you dub them as wild animals?

I have a ferret who loves to boss my cats around.


Elyse 6 years ago

I hate people that think ferrets are wild. The only people that don't like them are people that have never had one. How would they know they are so dangerous. Before i got one i read alot of stuff to know how they are. Most of it was they smell, there mean, and so on. Who the hell are thease people and what crawled up their ass. They don't smell and they are deffently not dangerous if you handle them. If they had one they would love it just like everyong else. I have 2 ferrets and it was one the best decisions i have ever made to get them. I love them they make awsome pets and wonderful company!!!!!!! People make me mad


Animemuffin 6 years ago

Love that video you have there. I have one ferret but am trying hard to talk my guardian into another one.(The aptly named Bandit needs a buddy when I'm at school!) When a friend told me they're illegal in places I thought he was joking; how could they?! Mine's not well trained but he's never drawn blood or intended to hurt anything as far as I can tell. Though he killed his hanging toy, don't think that counts.


Junipur 6 years ago

I don't like that people think ferrets are mean and bite a lot.

They don't.


Patricia J. 6 years ago

I have four ferrets and they are very playful. Some times they can smell my menstruation abd become somewhat aggressive. For times like these, by partner sprays their noses with a spray bottle that we keep full of apple cider vinegar. My partner sometimes jokes about eating them and making ferret fur socks with their hide. I think she is kidding though. I would not be very happy! lol. Ferret on fellow ferretheads!


Laffytaffy 6 years ago

i have 2 ferrets so cute and playful cant imaganine anywhere them being illegal


animal-lover 6 years ago

i used to have two ferrets but now i only have 1 our youngest ferret butterscotch died when we went on vacation. our oldest ferret buddy was very sad but then he lightened up and started playing again butterscotch was albino and buddy is a racoon-faced ferret. Also i think it was in california that ferrets are illegal because irresponsible parents let there ferret climb into there daughters crib and the ferret chewed the girl's face off


Rob 6 years ago

Our ferrets all have loads of attention, we love them all, but some of them do just have different personalities, it is so important to get to know your ferret, one of ours will bite persistently, not hard but they will nibble non stop so we always make sure we play with her with a toy, where as the others would only lick at the most!


Suzie Greenburg 6 years ago

I have been a ferret person for over 4 years now and have owned over 10, and now own 3, losing 7 of my babies to several incidents when we used to allow them to run free in a yard protected by an electric fence. For instance, a fox ate 2 of them, my ferret named Shadow committed suicide after the death of the first 2 by ingesting various poisonous chemicals. The other four died due to random unforeseen events including such as me giving them access to my anti-depresants in the wake of the death of the first three that passed away. the vet said that human medications should be administerred to ferrets with caution, which I suspected, but I did not want the other four to kill themselves like Shadow other did.. it was a good lesson to learn at least. The cutest one we have is named 'Skids' because of his affinity to dirty underpants, the smellier the better! Anyway, it's good to see support for ferrets on this site because I don't know what I would do without my babies. Since I live all alone and have nobody to talk to most of the day, it's their cute little queefing noises that keep me going! I can't wait til ferrets are legalized so I don't have to feel like a criminal for owning them. Stop locking up ferret owners! We are normal everyday citizens and we deserve to be treated as so while owning our ferrets. long story short i


Jimmers 6 years ago

While it's true that Ferrets and Marijuana are the two most illegal things in our country today, these two things don't have enough in common to rationalize their illegality on a constitutional basis and this is why I have been writing the senators for my area. First of all I'm not sure how Ferrets can be lumped in with dope on a statutory level. Not only do the two smell very differently than one another, but one is a plant, and one is an animal. It doesn't take a rocket engineer to see the plain and obvious difference. My co-worker's son is thinking about going to law school so I have had him doing some legal research for me and what I have learned is simple: ferrets are protected by our constitution. if anyone tells you different they are racist or a terrorist. end story.


Cheyenne 6 years ago

I live in Florida and have a little sable named Felix. He never bites *unless he's really hyper and you put your hands too close to his face, but even then it's a VERY light and playful nip*, he's very mild mannered, and loves to bounce around and chase his toys.

Ferrets have different personalities, but most of them are very kind little critters. With a bit of love and persistent training, they make great additions to almost every household.

I did a lot of reading on ferrets before I bought Felix, and the previous owner (a girl going off to college and the military) was very helpful as well. I have had severe depression for years, and the little guy always seems to cheer me up when I need it.

Most of the stereotypes about ferrets can easily be avoided- even down to the lie that they smell awful (they really don't).


Bobby 6 years ago

I had 2 ferrets for a long time, but my home was foreclosed. All I had was my ferrets. I ate both of them because I had no food. As it turns out, ferrets are a delicious and a nutritious food source. I have no idea why everyone isn't eating them.


blah blah blah you don't need to know myy name! 6 years ago

hi wat is up people are ferrets illegal in bronx i guess because i did alot of reserch and i think so. because of that i am getting a guinea pig. i also have a question for bobby do u no y no one eat ferret it like eating people i wil never eat a cute animal!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!![: bYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee peace out suckers!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


sarai 6 years ago

the reason they are illegal in California is that there were incidents of them biting babies' faces -- I'm guessing because of milk residue, not to intentionally hurt them. I saw a program of a teenage girl who had been mauled by an otherwise gentle ferret as a baby, and lived with permanent disfiguring scars. The ferret had literally eaten away part of her face; it was very shocking and upsetting. As I recall, she was speaking out against people owning them that had kids under two.


omg 5 years ago

boby ur mad nasty. i would go hungry be for i ate my ferrets


dhgdhgkdjhgkdhgkj 5 years ago

to anyone who wants a ferret do not get one until u have done your research. yes they nip and do smell abit. I work at a pet store and im so sick of people bringing ferrets back. same for all other animals DON'T get them if u cant take care of them. i have 7 ferrets and i love them they r like my kids all 7 r from formmer abusive pet parrents.


corey 5 years ago

to bobby: ferrets are poor source of meat you retard. they are to slender to actually provide nutrition.


Alexandra 5 years ago

to corey: ferrets have been eaten by indigenous cultures around the globe for thousands of years. so before you go hatin on other people's cultures do your homework. you just sound like a racist. if someone wants to raise an animal for a food source and it is their culture then let them be. you are ignant.


Dale West 5 years ago

Yea 2 whoever said that ferrets are not a good source of protein, you are wrong. many families in New Jersey raise ferrets for meat and its a lot more common than you might think. When I lived in jersey as a kid i'm 28 now, some of my friends moms would have special ferret recipes and they would raise 12-20 ferrets at a time. you have to season the meat well because it can be very gamey and it makes great stew or chili meat.


Yu Lai Lao 5 years ago

In home country we make ferret fight to die and loser get eat by the master of winnner ferret. it very popular sport from where i come and verwy normal. a winning ferret can bring family large fortune.


Turtles Make Better Pets 5 years ago

ALL YALL FERRET FOLKS ARE OUT OF YOUR MINDS. TURTLES MAKE WAY BETTER PETS AS THEY ARE QUITE PLAYFUL AND LEARN TRICKS MUCH MORE EASIER THAN FERRETS. THEY DON'T BITE. THEY DON'T SMELL. THEY ARE MUCH MORE PLAYFUL. THEY ARE AMPHIBIOUS MEANING THEY CAN BREATHE BOTH WATER AND OXYGEN. THEY ARE ALSO MUCH BETTER FOR EATING THAN FERRETS BELIEVE IT OR NOT AND HAVE MORE MEAT ON THEM AND IN THEIR SHELL. ANYONE THINKING ABOUT GETTING A FERRET SHOULD STRONGLY CONSIDER GETTING A TURTLE. PEOPLE WHO OWN FERRETS ARE STUPID AND HAVE BEEN KNOWN TO HAVE LOW IQ'S. TAKE THIS INTO ACCOUNT THE NEXT TIME YOU MEET A FERRET OWNER. MOST FERRET OWNERS CANT EVEN READ MUCH LESS TAKE CARE OF THEIR ANIMAL. TURTLES REIGN SUPREME OVER FERRERTS FOR EVER.


Reply to Turtle Man 5 years ago

the BIBLE says to eat FERRETS not TURTLES. turtles are cute and wouldn't harm a fly. ferrets are not good with kids and have been known to eat the faces off of babies. that's why they are illegal in some places. i grow ferrets anyway, they eat the roaches in my trailer home that seem to be everywhere if i didn't have 6 very smart ferrets on watch. anyway, don't eat yor ferrets now if you can help it because it is true that god has mandated that ferrets only be eaten when the apocalypse is upon us. EZEKIEL 13:41. Praise God and Long Live the Confederacy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


sherry tamkins 5 years ago

my husband is a scientist and successfully bred a ferret with a wiener dog, although artificial insemination was used with a simple turkey baster. the result is truly magnificent. we are working on an animal patent to have exclusive rights to create these magnificent creatures. let me warn you though that it is not as simple as using a turkey baster and ferret semen, there are a few extra steps to the process that i cannot reveal here. but let me tell you the pups are about as cute as can be, and very docile. these hybrids would certainly never bit the faces off of babies and are actually much better for eating.


sherry tamkins 5 years ago

my husband is a scientist and successfully bred a ferret with a wiener dog, although artificial insemination was used with a simple turkey baster. the result is truly magnificent. we are working on an animal patent to have exclusive rights to create these magnificent creatures. let me warn you though that it is not as simple as using a turkey baster and ferret semen, there are a few extra steps to the process that i cannot reveal here. but let me tell you the pups are about as cute as can be, and very docile. these hybrids would certainly never bit the faces off of babies and are actually much better for eating.


JCRocket492 5 years ago

I don't know why ferretts are illegal. But my big sister is reading a book called Redwall and she says mice and badgers are good and ferretts and other things are bad. That is why I think ferretts are illegal.


Ralph Labia 5 years ago

Sherry Tampkins: I would be interested in purchasing one of your wiener dog / ferret mix breeds. Please contact me @ Labia6745@gmail.com. Thanks. Please also include photos and price quotations. My husband has been trying to breed our female tabby cat with one of our many ferrets for years to no success. We have also tried to breed our pitbull and tabby, but so far we have not been successful - if you could fill me in on your process we would appreciate it deeply. Thanks!


Senator AL 5 years ago

Excuse me, I am a legislator in the great state of and I'm sorry to offend any of you but there are quite a few reasons why ferrets are illegal in some places. First of all, as Yu Lai Lao pointed out above, Ferret Fighting is very rampant, and is cruel to the animals. Second of all, Ferret meat contains parasitic worms that can thrive in the human body for years growing up to 7 feet in length. These health risks that go along with ferret consumption deplete TAXPAYER money that could be spent instead on the eradication of the ferret species. Third of all, there is no need for ferrets when cats and dogs are perfectly legal. You can eat dog meat with no health consequences. There are many other reasons, but let me just say this: If you own a ferret, you are going against God's wishes and you will goto Hell for it.


Jim C 5 years ago

I heard that folks have been eating ferrets from a few of my friends in the breeding industry who have been receiving large orders from chinese restaurants. They refuse to sell the ferrets to folks who obviously are going to use them for food. Absolutely despicable if you ask me. My wife and I experimented with using ferrets in our food briefly in the late-eighties during the last recession but we decided that it was cruel and won't do it anymore. We still have recipes if anyone absolutely must cook their ferrets (like if one dies of natural causes and you don't want to let it go to waste).


Annie 5 years ago

are ferets n cats in the saem family??


StayCoolz 5 years ago

@Annie - yes ferrets and cats are cousins as well as raccoons. a lot of science people will tell you that the ferret species evolved from the offspring of a cat and raccoon that mated. This thread has a lot of good information! I encourage everyone to get a ferret!


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sanfayedr 5 years ago from Wherever I am at the time.

Decent article, very strange comments. I can only guess you are Americans. I am seriously looking into getting a ferret and your tongue in cheek responses (I hope) are less than humorous. If your need protein eat beans or a really good steak; heck of a lot cheaper than a ferret!


leejay 5 years ago

ferrets are awsome we have 4 children 5 7 10 and a 12 year old our ferret is like part of the family never bites she s very loveing she s just freaken awesome the best decision we evemade pet wise we also have a red healer and a shitszu both males she made them fall in love with her playfulness


Miss Ash 5 years ago

After reading these comments I can only guess that most of you are American, that being said I am proud to be Canadian... I would be proud to be anything other than Amerian.

Anywho, I own two ferrets both are sweet, never bite, love to play, yes they do smell if you do not clean their cage and bathe them. Who ever would eat them is sick, but then again I don't expect much from Americans... You people would eat your younge if the media told you it was good for you.


Jethro Tucker 5 years ago

The Americans in here talking about raising ferrets for food.. while I do not personally advocate for eating ferret meat.. I do believe it is wrong to critique the cultural norms of other peoples. Here in Quebec, eating beaver is considered a french Canadian delicacy.

Now tell me exactly: how is eating beaver and different than eating ferret? And don't say that one is a pet and one is a wild animal, because any animal could be a pet. It's all a matter of cultural perspective.

I myself will never eat our family's ferrets, but I will continue to enjoy eating a good beaver.

So to all the Americans here: I apologize on behalf of my fellow Canadians. They really mean well, though they come off arrogant and stuck up. You keep eating ferrets if you please, and we will keep eating our beavers and the world will go on just fine!


Blue Star 76 5 years ago

Can someone tell me what ferret tastes like? If they taste as bad as they smell then no thanks not for me. Ferrets chewed a baby's face off........I hate ferrets. BYE!


Dale West 5 years ago

@Sanfayedr - You say that a good steak is cheaper than a ferret but that is not true. Speaking from experience as someone who was born and raised in New Jersey ferrets are free once you have purchased your first breeding pair. they breed like rabbits and before you know it you have loads of the little buggers all for free. so before you go opening your yap trap next time use your common sense wrinkly old slag!


April Baneski 5 years ago

what do ferrets eat? Can someone please tell me what to feed them? Also how long does it take before they are house broken? I am having NO luck at potty training this little monster. Thinking about giving it away to my local soup kitchen here in mexico city. homeless people will eat anything lol


RamenNoodlesYummy 5 years ago

hi april , deciding what to feed your ferret friends is largely a personal decision because the flavor of your ferret meat is lergely dependent on their diet. so you should feed them canned onion soup broth if you think you might end up cooking them in a crock pot with potatoes and carrots and make a stew, and you won't have to use onions in the recipe that way. or if you think you might want to try ferret tacos just feed them lots of cilantro, limes and chili powder and their meat will be perfect for any mexican dish basically. mmm my mouth is watering just thinking about it. we have been feeding our 7 ferrets nothing but cheese because we plan on making a beefy nacho dip for an upcoming party for my husband's coworkers - they always love our culinary creations and want to know the secret ingredient, which I always tell them is "love" because they might be scared to eat ferret meat despite it being totally delicious! hope this helps you out.


Ferrets Illegal for Good Reason 5 years ago

Attention: Every ferret owner w/ children must read this article! There has been another ferret mauling this year: this time a ferret chewed 7 fingers off of a baby. Ferrets must remain illegal everywhere. you people still raising them are criminals. How do you people sleep at night knowing you are harboring such a dangerous animal? I will squash the brains of each and every ferret I come into contact with, this I PROMISE!!!!!!

http://articles.cnn.com/2011-01-11/justice/missour...

^ Article from CNN, title:

"Pet ferret eats seven fingers of baby boy"


Theodore  5 years ago

Reading these comments makes me recall the time my alcoholic father served my siblings and I our pet, the family parrot, for dinner. RIP Mr Chips.


SweetToothElaine 5 years ago

Glad to see so many ferret fanatics gathering in one place to show ferret love!!!


Breeder Andrew 5 years ago

Senator Al Why would eat a ferret?And dogs are dangerous to.A baby boy died of a German Sheperd.Ferrets are not wild animals.You have been misleaded.Turtleman and fan screw you you've been misleaded too.You need to actually have a ferret to understand a ferret its gods creation.And why ar ferrets illeagle in Calfornia?What's wrong with the one in Kindergarten Cop?Ferrets arent dangerous and that's a lie a ferret never ate 7 fingers of a boy because they would be illegal in America and that 4 month yearold boy wouldve been dead.And those people wouldve been idiots because you have to put it in a cage DUH!Freaking douchebags


Ferret Farm aka Nate 5 years ago

Andrew is right on the money. There ain't nothin wrong with ferrets. I have raised over 500 and I have learned that ferrets are just like people. There are good ferrets and there are bad ferrets. I remember back in the 90's there was this one ferret we called Squeakers over on the ferret farm and he was the biggest doggone ferret you ever seen! Squeakers was the size of a raccoon and had dark fur because he had raccoon in him. He wasn't half raccoon but his mother was half raccoon. anyways, ferrets with raccoon in them are known to be mean and squeakers nipped. Once he nipped my cousin right in the rear end when she was laying on the couch. So like I said there are good ferrets and there are bad ferrets and Squeakers was a BAD ferret so we had no choice but to pop him with the 22 caliber rifle. Then skinned him and we put him in the crock pot with onions, carrots, potatos, celery, and slow cooked us some ferret stew all day until the meat was tender and falling off the bone. Let's just say that fella Squeakers never nipped nobody ever again ok? Listen to Breeder Andrew everyone because if he is who I think he is he supplies many of the ferrets that you find in pet shops and he possibly knows even more about ferrets than me but like i said i have raised more ferrets than i can count, and out of all those hundreds of ferrets we only had say 20 or 30 like squeakers but don't matter one bit because they taste as good as they look. If anybody got a recipe that can make the garbage flavored ones taste better post it in here cuz there ain't nothin worse than cookin up a ferret and then tastin it and it tastes like garbage cuz you cooked up a stinker ferret! P-U!!!!! Won't stop me though cuz we raise ferrets for meat mostly at the ferret farm and i'd rather eat a free ferret that we raised on the farm than eat some store bought chicken that was raised in a cage and pumped with chemicals. here at the ferret farm we only raise free range ferrets because it is more humane.

-Ferret Farm aka Nate


~~*Ferret Expert*~~ 5 years ago

Hey Nate it's Rosco! For anybody that does not know Nate he is one of the most respected figures in the ferret community because he damn near saved the Domestic Ferret back in 1983 when ferrets were spreading hepatitis and almost all of them were killed by their owners in the United States.

Nate and his family at Crabtree Farm outside of Omaha offered to take in all of the ferrets that would have otherwise been killed by their masters. Some of us ferret scholars fundamentally disagree with Nate on the issue of eating ferrets, but there's not much any of us can say because without Nate and his family there might not even be any ferrets in domestic pet shops today.

So I can understand why many people here don't understand why so many people have turned to ferret eating these days, and I used to wonder why myself. But the simple fact of it is that it's simply because the Economy is so bad. People tend to eat ferrets in times of economic recession because ferret meat is either free or extremely cheap. Once the economy gets better it is my guess that people will stop eating the damn cuddly creatures, but to each their own.

Just wanted to drop bye and say hello to Nate and the good folks over at the Crabtree Ferret Farm and give my two cents.


Mizz Pluffy 5 years ago

@Nate: You should try this recipe next time you think you might be cooking a stinker ferret. You will only taste spinach and the recipe makes the ferret meat taste exactly like chicken. It also works very well for lamb.

Lamb Roast with Spinach Stuffing - Recipe

Ingredients:

1 (6-pound) leg of lamb, boned, butterflied

¼ cup olive oil

¾ cup chopped onion

½ cup chopped celery

3 cloves garlic, minced

10 ounces chopped spinach

2 medium eggs, lightly beaten

¼ cup chopped parsley

3 tablespoons thinly sliced fresh basil

1 teaspoon crushed dried rosemary

¼ teaspoon crushed dried marjoram

¼ teaspoon black pepper

6 cups plain croutons

½ cup water

¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese

Fresh mint sprigs, for garnish

Directions:

1) Preheat oven to 350°F.

2) Heat oil in a large skillet over medium; add onion, celery, and garlic. Cook until softened, about 5 minutes, stirring. Set aside.

3) Meanwhile, mix together spinach, eggs, parsley, basil, rosemary, marjoram, and pepper in a large bowl. Add onion mixture; mix well. Add croutons, water, and cheese; mix gently. Set aside.

4) Pound lamb to an even thickness; spread stuffing over the top. Roll up meat, jellyroll style; tie. Place lamb seam side down on a rack in a shallow roasting pan. Bake 2 hours. Remove from oven; allow to rest 15 minutes. Carve and serve with fresh mint.


Jack's Mom 5 years ago

Here is a recipe for Ferret Stew that is sure to please the whole family!! Bon appetite!

Ferret meat, about 3 pounds, cut up

1/2 cup all-purpose flour

3 tablespoons butter

1 cup chopped celery

2 medium onions, thinly sliced

1 teaspoon seasoned salt

1 teaspoon salt

dash pepper

1 bay leaf

4 cups water

4 cups dry red wine

2 cups diced carrots

4 medium potatoes, peeled and diced

4 ounces sliced mushrooms, sauteed

1/4 cup all-purpose flour

1/3 cup water

Preparation:

Directions for ferret stew.

Dredge ferret meat with 1/2 cup flour. Melt butter in a Dutch oven over medium heat; brown ferret meat on all sides. Add celery, onion, salt, pepper, bay leaf, 4 cups water, and wine; bring to the boil. Reduce heat to a simmer, cover, and simmer ferret stew for 2 hours. Add carrots, potatoes, and mushrooms; cook for about 25 to 30 minutes longer, or until vegetables are tender. Combine 1/4 cup flour and 1/3 cup water; stir until well blended and smooth. Stir flour mixture into the broth; cook and stir until thickened.

This Ferret Stew recipe serves 4.


MMM 5 years ago

I sure am glad I stumbled upon this page because wowie woah woah that ferret stew recipe was deeee-lish! I served it at a dinner party and when everyone asked what kind of meat it was I said turkey ! and all my guests believed me!


Advice Needed ASAP 5 years ago

***PLEASE HELP I NEED ADVICE***

2 nights ago my boyfriend of 4 months dumped me because he said i smell like my ferrets and that my apartment smells like a zoo! i never noticed that it smells and i still don't smell anything unusual.

what should i do to get rid of the smell? do scented candles work?

should i even try to make the smell go away? i have 5 ferrets in my apartment and i cant get rid of them. but maybe i have no choice.

i am so depressed. why cant i find a boyfriend who loves me AND my ferrets?

does such a man even exist?

this may not sound like a big deal to some people but i am 37 and i am almost too hold to have children and i wanted to marry him!

someone please give me advice so i don't die a lonely virgin thanks.


Nill  5 years ago

Recipes? I don't need any stinkin recipes. Here in Jersey we smother deep fried ferret in buffalo wing sauce and hot sauce and then dip it in ranch dressing or blue cheese. They serve ferret meat at most pubs for your information.

PS anyone who is against eating ferrets for food has not tried it cuz they are essentially the lobster of the animal kingdom.


New Jersey people suck 5 years ago

Hey listen all you New Jersey jerks that keep talkin about eating your ferrets: you people from New Jersey are disgusting pigs. I wish we could give you muff cabbage pieces of trash to

Canada. I will NEVER eat a ferret. My ferrets are cute and cuddly so they will never be eaten and I'll never let people from NeW JErsey around my little ferrets!!!!


California mother  5 years ago

Ferrets are illegal because they attack babies. They love chewing fingers off of babies. If you have a ferret that shows aggression towered children please do everyone a favor and throw it off a bridge because I don't want any babies to be harmed. I am a mother of 3 and will never even travel to New Jersey until they solve their ferret problem it is not safe for children.


mommy of podo and rumble. 5 years ago

Ok. This has to be the most asanine thread I have ever had the misfortune to stumble upon. I really hope most of you are joking. I love my babies. I have children ferrets cats and yes a turtle too. We all get along just fine. The little brats are even litter trained. I will say that they are thieves though. But they are cute and cuddly.


FerretLover. 5 years ago

You americans are sick. Eating pets...you no better then the chinese and japs!!!

They are ment to be loved pets!

And that person earlier in the post who talked about feeding your ferrets cheese and onions so they taste nice when you eat them.. ferrets are carnivores! they cannot digest the things you feed them! you are putting the poor animal through so much pain.. i hope you die.


Ashley S 5 years ago

My ferrets are not carnivores, they will eat just about anything. My boys love to eat lettuce and carrots most. They also eat lunch meats like ham. I would not eat them but my father is half American and jokes about using his mother's old ferret recipe.


Ferret Love Peace 5 years ago

Ferrets make the best pet except for the terrible smell that they are giving my basement. What can I do to get rid of the awful smell they make? It is way worse when it is mating season I have noticed.


Not pleased with you people 5 years ago

Hey thanks a lot to this web page my dad got the idiotic idea to have my ferret for our dinner tomorrow. he has been fattening him up with bacon and beer for 2 weeks. he said that eating ferrets is something he learned about on this page so thanks a lot people because of you i will be forced to eat my pet.


Sammy 5 years ago

Sugar Gliders x Ferrets x Gerbals are my favrite animals to play with. Can anyone tell me another good animal to get? Eat rabbits , not ferrets. Tastes the same but rabbits are not as cute.


Kite Aficionado 4 years ago

My ferrets are just plain awesome. I recommend them to anybody who likes a loving and affectionate animal to have.


Jay 4 years ago

NO ferrets do NOT keep your house free of rodents!!! The more domesticated they are(on friggin kibble diets), the more they will hate ALL meats. I have mice and they are getting worse and I own 4 ferrets!


Prairie Lifer 4 years ago

I used to keep ferrets in my house but I got sick of cleaning there cages and the awful smell. They were fun but not as smart as my cats so I just let them go free. I would not recommend them.


sensible human being 4 years ago

about 10 comments up, the one by california mother, she is just way to paranoid. how much time do you spend with you babies?? they would only chew their fingers off if you left them unattended. do you think a baby would just sit there laughing if a ferrett was chewing off its finger? i don't think so. it would be screaming bloody murder!! plus it would take a while for a ferrett to do that. my god woman!! get a life!! i swear... some of them californian people just drive me crazy!! (i do not mean all. i have some friends in california)


Me 4 years ago

About senator Al's comment up near the top, why not just ban EATING ferrets instead of the ferret itself?? That would be much more soothing to our fellow ferret lovers. And about the rabies thing, they are carriers. They only have some part in it when something bites them. And it's no fair because everyone shuts up when you mention stupid taxes. And about the incidents involving faces and fingers chewed off, that is the complete work of a seriously irresponsible parent and a badly mistreated ferret. The parents MUST have left the child alone for a long period Of time. Plus, you don't leave a ferret out of it cage unattended!! Everyone should know that. I agree with the comment above mine.


Me agAin 4 years ago

I meant that they are not carriers. And I am talking about my previous comment above.


ScotsmanFerretFanatic 4 years ago

To the comment before me, I disagree and agree on different points you made. However, it's a free world and people should be able to eat their pets if they like. Whether that pet be a dog, cat, bird, or ferret if you own it you should have the ability to eat it that's what animals are for


Gillian 4 years ago

My ferrets are sick with a cold and it is not getting any better~ Does any one know of a remedy to give them to heal them to normal?~ Does children's cold medicine work?~ Any information you have please~~


ferret obsessed 4 years ago

Ferrets make great pets and people who want them put down should go to hell. I mean what is the point of banning certain animals now when in 2021 it is going to be legal. Hundreds of years ago they used to be racist with humans. So with animals it is the same. Animals cannot help being born the way they are and all of them deserve a chance. What happened to Australia being a country of mixed heritage? Do ferrets not also count in the deal?


anonymous 4 years ago

If you ferret haters continue flapping your gobs about how ferrets have bitten people then piss off! Have not all animals been violent at some point? Have dogs and cats not caused inguries?


Jill 4 years ago

I think its insane people cant have ferrets where ever they like. Its maddness, how do people control rabbits with out ferrets?


bah 4 years ago

Lol what hunting has ferrets


Jill 4 years ago

Ferreting "bah", they are used for ferreting...

http://www.how-to-hunt-rabbit.com/Ferreting.html


Helen 4 years ago

Ferrets keep coming into my home and taking things like my keys and several pairs of dirty socks. If I see it again I'm going to make ferret stew in my crock pot.


Andrew 4 years ago

I have 2 ferrets, and in my experience they make better pets than cats. I tried to adopt a cat on two different occasions; both cats were uncooperative and would bite, hiss, and scratch. Then I got my 2 ferrets, and was in love. They are the most affectionate animals.


here to inform you 4 years ago

this is sad and stupid, to everyone who doesn't like ferrets, you've never had one and never experianced howswweet and lovingg they are when they're treated right, if you eat ferrets, your sick and that's cruelty, also the one who said ferret owners have low IQs, my ferret is smarter than you. ferrets make great pets, they are smart, compassionate animals, if your ferret eats your face you probably abused it and you deserve it. theres absolutly no reason for ferrets to be illegal and im sad to say, i agree with the canadians, this makes america look so very sad and stupid. ferrets are one of the best pets, my fuzzys laying on my lap, in dead sleep ofcourse, and anyone who looks at him with an IQ above 90 can tell hes harmless and loving. now that's just the truth.


Antonius 4 years ago

It's pretty pathetic how over time this went from a normal discussion to just plain trolling. I see some people still trying to have a normal discussion, but it really shows you what kind of mentality the newest generation of internet users have.


Stretch 3 years ago

Where is the best place to purchase ferret pups? Is there website someone can direct me towards? I am not one of those ppl who eats them either for the record.


StefanieRicardo 3 years ago

So I'm done with ferrets for good. Caught my husband cheating on me with out 2 year old butterscotch Cupcake. Our love life had grown stale shortly after acquiring Cupcake, and then I came home early from work one night last week and caught them in the act. I'm not sure who to be mad at. Needless to say Cupcake is out of the house and hubby is in the doghouse (sleeping on the couch). We'll probably get a tortoise next.


Stretch 3 years ago

Stefanie so sorry to hear hun. don't give up on ferrets so easy just get rid of your hubby!


Constitutionalist 3 years ago

Make ferrets illegal??? You'll have to pry them from my cold dead hands!!!


Rodney 3 years ago

Ferrets make a great pet. I hav raised ducks and rabbits, trust me those animals smell when u raise them indoors. Trust me ferrets make your house smell even better. They are great for getting rid of odors in your house.


j. smith - morm0n 3 years ago

Try them with teriyaki sauce and wasabi. Tastes a lot like sushi if eaten raw with rise and soy sauce,,, I love these delicious cute creatures!


Blu 4478 3 years ago

any1 now wher to get ferrets on the web?? thx


Skip 3 years ago

Ferrets are my life. My family collect ferrets, raccoons, skunks and rabbits. We are trying to mate them all together using music and perfume and sometimes alcohol. They all hump and hump eachother but not babies yet. My grandpa says if we get it to work we will be rich and famous :)


Joey Kincaid 3 years ago

I eat ferrets and did so for many many years. Ferret Jerky's the best thing to make from em. Sometimes I will make ferret n eggs for a real treat. Buy your ferrets on craigslist.com to get them cheapest cuz they don't ell ferrets in grocery stores where I live.


ross 3 years ago

here in india we make ferrets with curry rice

everyone eats ferrets here in one fashion or another

don't disrespect people because they like the taste

of ferret meat we are all children of god and live

under the sun so we must all make for choices ourselfs


animal-lover 3 years ago

ATTENTION PARENTS:

There have been complications lately with ferrets biting and chewing off the fingers and faces of young children. Please do not leave your child unattended with ferrets in the room! Be extra careful in case your ferret escapes from its cage, which sometimes can happen to anyone! Don't let your baby die from a ferret encounter!


Jeff Chef 3 years ago

anyone looking to sale there ferret? my chinese restaurant in manhattan is looking to buy ferrets no longer wanted for the menu of our establishment. we can pay good prices for this excellent delicacy. email me at chefjeff078 at gmail dot com. thnx


MamaSox 3 years ago

I saw this in the news today about a person in Brazil buying a toy poodle and finding out it is really just a ferret on steroids!

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/04/08/ferrets-r...

Any thoughts on this? Did anyone ever buy a ferret and find out it is a toy poodle?


Jim S. 3 years ago

Thank the good Lord for creating ferrets, for if he hadn't I'd surely be dead. The story goes back 5 years to when I first moved to New Mexico and moved into a trailer in a very unseemly trailer park on a rundown Indian reservation. Turns out the trailer I had rented was infested with thousands of SCORPIONS!! Now, I tried everything to get rid of these terrifying pests including a spraying a ton of poisons, many of which illegal in the United States so I would travel across the border to Mexico to purchase. Finally, I talked to one of the elders of the local indian tribe to find out how to get rid of them. "Easy," the chief told me. "You get ferrets and do not feed them a thing and scorpions gone in weeks." So, desperate for a fix to my scorpion problem (before I got stung, as I have come to realize that I am deathly allergic to scorpion and bee stings, that story for another time!), I found an ad in the local paper advertising for ferrets. I called the number and met this woman who most call "The Ferret Lady" and she sold me the last 10 ferrets she had on hand. Turns out ferrets love scorpions and they had eaten most of the scorpions within 8 weeks of getting them. My trailer started to smell terribly as the ferrets were not housebroken, and the smell of them mating and urinating and defecating all over my house became a huge problem for having lady friends over on dates and my sex life became nonexistant for a year until I decided to set them all free in my yard. And guess what! The scorpions never returned!! Sometimes I can hear the ferrets scratching at my door at night when it's cold to come inside and get warm and probably because they are hungry and miss the days of snacking on scorpions!! Back then ferrets were not as in demand as they are now, ever since people discovered ferrets as a food source they are harder and harder to get. My buddy owns a pet shop and said he has wetbacks (illegal mexicans) coming in constantly to check if he has ferrets in stock because they use them in a lot of mexican cooking now. Too bad because many people in the Southwester U.S. could benefit from their ability to get rid of pests such as the scorpion and many kinds of venomous snake.


@nimal dot commer 3 years ago

Pleased to see so many ferret people together in one place! Why are ferrets illegal in some places? I could not say for sure.


Ferrets Illegal? 3 years ago

Illegal where? Not illegal here in B.C. Ferrets are everywhere in homes here! Some ppl even breed them together to get ferret pups!


Price 3 years ago

if you r having troubles with the smell there is a surgery for that so the ferrets don't secreet the odor to attract mates or something


Rion De El Dedo 3 years ago

Eat ferrets? What do they taste like? And please don't say chicken!


Junipur 3 years ago

how big do ferrets grow? just wondering what to feed my sable to make it the size of a large tabby cat.


Fingerhouse 3 years ago

@Rion De El Dedo: Ferrets taste quite good, actually. Like others have said before, it largely depends upon their diet. Try feeding them nothing but lamb and goat meat and they will taste like lamb and goat. I like to feed mine fish to get their meat high in vitamins, minerals, and omega-3 fatty acids because I feed them to my children. Meat is very expensive at grocery stores here in New Jersey ever since the hurricane we had, so my husband has been raising ferrets for the dinner table. Hope that helps!


Bluth Co. 3 years ago

Our tabby ferret got sick with the sniffles and vomiting this so my wife decided to feed him her mother's milk and the ol chap perked up right away, problem is he won't eat anything else and immediately tries to climb into her shirt every time he sees my wife now!


Ari 3 years ago

What's best kind ferret 4 fighting


Renasherwood 3 years ago

Never will foreget mother's recipe for curry ferret in slow cooker. mmm mm mmm. I still make it to this day with that same recipe. All you need to do is skin the ferret and remove the entrails, spice it up with curry powder and cook it in a crock pot in onion soup broth for 5-6 hours and you will have the most delicious meal!! Bon Apetit!


John Lightfoot 3 years ago

Ive always found something to incredibly erotic about the feeling of a ferret crawling all over my bare skin. What started with one ferret turned into a harem of 47 trained to fulfill my erotic appetite for the little critters rubbing all over my body to create the perfect sunday afternoon. I like to let my ferret friends run around in the snow first to chill their little feet and furry bodies. For the next 5-7 minutes it feels as if I'm being gently caressed by little snow bunnies as they frolic amidst the peaks and valleys of my feminine body. Just their smell reminds me of hot sex in this musty old fishing cabin that my ex-husband used to own. I let the ferrets run all over my body while touching myself in strawberry flavored edible panties. The edible underwear provides a nice snack for my ferret concubines in case they get hungry from their erotic labour. The moment my climax hits I am flying high in ecstasy and I can tell the ferrets get excited as they begin to release so much of their signature musk that I can hardly breathe. Afterwards I feel dirty and ashamed and my ferrets coddle me as if to say 'it's alright, Gertrude. it's alright'.


Tickles Mama 3 years ago

Hey John Lightfoot that was hot! thx for sharing! me and hubby got a ferret we call MISTER TICKLES a few years back to spice up our love lives. we let him run around under the covers to provide a little "extra stimulation" while we go at it. nothing beats ferret tickles hehe


Edna Blovingtenson 3 years ago

Oh golly, this ferret chat is getting steamy!!!!! I love ferrets and evreything about them. Some ladies are Cat Ladies -- well I am a Ferret Lady :)


Help 3 years ago

Help. I think my neighbor is organizing ferret fights in his basement. I see cars coming and going all day with people carrying caged ferrets. Those same people leave and sometimes do not have ferrets. Sometimes these people drive expensive cars like black cadillacs. I am afraid they are involved with the mafia. So I am too afraid to call the police on them. Sometimes their springer spaniel dog comes over and I feed him treats because he looks sad. What should I do?


Ferretiquette Mike Delvecio 3 years ago

To the comment above ^ ferret fights are common in the northeastern united states and not illegal whatsoever. How about you keep to yourself about it and mind your own beeswax? FYI ferrets love to kill one another so just let ferrets do what ferrets do best: fight. Ferrets are the pitbull of the rodent world, and cheaper. The losing ferret typically gets served on a silver platter to the winning ferret but sometimes the ferret owner (called the trainer) chooses to eat the losing ferret himself. This is a great eastern european tradition and must be respect. ~ MIKE DELVECIO


Australian-Yin 3 years ago

For those curious as to what ferret tastes like, you can actually order ferret at just about any Chinese restaurant in America. It won't be on the menu but if you ask for it by its Chinese name Yòu (looks like 鼬) they will serve it in a variety of ways. My favorite is deep fried in black bean sauce. It is actually a good white meat that tastes just like chicken.


Fed UP 3 years ago

OH HERE WE GO AGAIN. LISTEN. PEOPLE WHO WANT TO TALK ABOUT EATING FERRETS. OBVIOUSLY PEOPLE EAT FERRETS BUT THIS IS NOT THE FORUM TO TALK ABOUT IT. GO SOMEWHERE ELSE. DON'T YOU PEOPLE HAVE A WEBSITE? IF NOT MAKE ONE AND GO THERE. LEAVE HUB PAGES. THIS IS NOT THE PLACE TO TALK ABOUT EATING FERRETS. WE LIKE FERRETS AND SOME OF US BELONG TO PETA. WE WILL REPORT YOU TO PETA IF THIS KEEPS UP.


Furrbabies 3 years ago

This is a free country and free internet and we will talk about whatever we so please even if that includes eating ferrets, which are quite delicious. I might even go thaw some ferret meat from the freezer right now. Ferret fried up with eggs and dipped in hot sauce. That's how I like mine. So p*ss off you net nanny!


seven77 3 years ago

Great article ~~ I plan on buying the wife a ferret for our anniversary coming up but shhh don't tell her its a surprise. what kind is the nicest? we wont be using it for ferreting or any of that garbage. thanks.


Josh C. 3 years ago

We must rise up to fight the power on this one;; ferrets are god's gift to us all and they must be allowed!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Ralphinator 3 years ago

My friend Rick is an amateur herpetologist. That means he keeps snakes in his garage. His biggest snake is a 14 foot long african pit viper named Nessy. Now Nessy ain't like ordinary snakes. No, Nessy has a taste for ferrets. To satisfy Nessy's appetite Rick must breed new ferrets each week. Sometime along the way Rick and his wife developed an appetite for ferrets themselves. Now it's only a matter of time before Rick and his wife eat the snakes and keep all them ferrets for themselves.


Jandro 3 years ago

Down here in the Bahamas we only use them as bait to catch sharks to please the tourists. Expensive bait but works every time.


Wade Mueller 2 years ago

Snakes n' Ferrets, keep em together for the ferrets to eat then feed the ferrets to a big python n' a good time's had by all!

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