Just because your rental agreement says pets are allowed doesn’t necessarily mean that ferrets are welcomed. It is better to be over cautious than to find out a month later that your landlord has a strict policy against ferrets or any other type of unusual pet.
Some landlords will require a high deposit to cover any damage your new “strange” pet might cause. You may also find that you need to have a special permit to own your ferret. This can vary from state to state except in California and Hawaii where ferrets are illegal to own.
Active military personal are moved around and for those that reside on base it should be known that ferrets are not welcomed. The reasoning is not known and will probably never be revealed.
If you find a landlord who has never had a renter who had ferrets ask if the two of you can sit down and discuss how you will prevent property damage and offer to pay a deposit above the other required monies and take out some type of liability insurance encase of an accident involving your ferret.
Be sure to keep your ferret up to date on all vaccinations and have the paperwork available if the need for it arises. Also draw up a well-written contract that you both agree on and have it signed and notarized so that it what you both have come to an agreement on cannot be changed without consent on either party’s part.
I have been lucky in the fact that my roommate and landlady Judy has been learning right along with me about ferrets and have no problems with them.
But I have witnessed a ferret being returned because he wasn’t allowed in the apartment complex the girl lived in much to the relief of her mother who didn’t live with the girl.
Ferrets are still a fairly unknown type of pet and bad press has made them out to be vicious animals that coupled with all the misconceptions many people don’t want to take the chance of having them on their property.
By helping others to understand your unique pet, you help to remove the bad labels people have attached to ferrets.
This may earn you the title of "That crazy ferret lady" but it is worth it if you can help educate just one person.
Have a Chittering Good Day,