Which is a better pet Chinchilla or Ferret

Discussion in 'Other Pets & Livestock' started by tonini3059, Nov 5, 2009.

  1. tonini3059

    tonini3059 [IMG]emojione/assets/png/2665.png?v=2.2.7[/IMG]Luv

    Nov 6, 2008
    Southwestern PA
    Which is a better pet and why? If you owned one why would you recommend getting one or not getting one.
  2. rodriguezpoultry

    rodriguezpoultry Langshan Lover

    Jan 4, 2009
    Claremore, OK
    Ferret. They are more people-oriented. Chinchillas like to hide more.
  3. Wifezilla

    Wifezilla Positively Ducky

    Oct 2, 2008
  4. thebritt

    thebritt Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 5, 2009
    Humboldt County
    They are opposites - apples and oranges. The ferret is a predator and exhibits crazy weasle behaviors, while the chin is a prey animal and would probably act less crazy. RESEARCH, RESEARCH, RESEARCH! I've had ferrets, and they can require a lot of supervision. Again, I'd research the heck out of both first! Once you're ready to make your choice, have fun!
    Last edited: Nov 5, 2009
  5. EweSheep

    EweSheep Flock Mistress

    Jan 12, 2007
    Land of Lincoln
    Neither one of them, thats for sure!
  6. Dar

    Dar Overrun With Chickens

    Jul 31, 2008
    I have had a chin and I have had a ferret

    personally I prefer the ferret he was more interactive, we had an AWESOME guy though you could not ask for a better little guy he was not typical he never had any bad habits (well except for poopin in the corner where the litter box was not..but thats a small issue) he was not nippy he did not steal things except my DD cabbage patch kid but that was cute a ferret dragging around a cabbage patch kid 3X his size

    my chin.... well it was very skiddish, not very good with kids was not an interactive pet but that may not have been typical...

    also chins are more delicate, with temps and drafts , environmental...
  7. TexasVet

    TexasVet Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 12, 2008
    Willis TX
    A friend of mine had ferrets, and they were a pain in the butt. They were particularly fond of popping out from underneath your chair or the sofa and biting your ankles. Not my kind of pet.

    Kathy, Bellville TX
  8. Hoosiermomma

    Hoosiermomma Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 6, 2009
    S.E Ind
    I'd have to go with a chinchilla. I have had one for 7 years now. When I first got him he was soooo scared. He was a rescue. It took a little while but he has come full circle. He will let me hold him now and he is so personable. If you get them while they are young, you would have no trouble getting them used to being handled. There is nothing like feeling that ultra soft fur underneath your hand as you pet them , watching them take dust baths, having them come up for a chin 'scritch'.
    We can all give you our opinions but you will have to make your own decision based on what you have researched, and what your are wanting in a pet. I would go with a chin anyday over a ferret but that's just because of what my own personal preference is.
  9. tonini3059

    tonini3059 [IMG]emojione/assets/png/2665.png?v=2.2.7[/IMG]Luv

    Nov 6, 2008
    Southwestern PA
    I have researched and researched and both have their pros..not to many cons. I think I am leaning toward a Chin though!
  10. Whispering Winds

    Whispering Winds Chillin' With My Peeps

    Ferrets. We have two and they are hilarious. I love the way they hop and jump and "attack" us when we walk by . I can't let them out in the house, have to keep them in DS"s room, because my little dog wants to have a snackie, but they are just good little pets. They do poop alot, and I keep a treatment in their water that deodorizes them, and it really works. They are smart, they will steal shiny things if you leave them around, but other than wanting to drag empty shiny chip bags into their cage, they are just good sweet pets!! I know Chins are darling, but I always was told they are more high maintenence . . .and have to have A/C in the summer.

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