Ferrets are tiny, cute pets to have around. However, if you haven’t owned a ferret before, you might be alarmed at the range of sounds it can make. This leads us to the question: do ferrets even make noise?
The short answer is, yes! Ferrets do make a lot of different noises depending on their mood. It can be or as simple as dooking when they’re excited or a low-intensity crying or whining noise which they make when they’re in pain or simply because they want to grab your attention.
Regardless, ferrets are usually vocal animals. In this article, we’ll have a look at the different noises they make and what they signify.
Ferret Sounds and What They Really Mean
A dooking noise means that your ferret is excited or happy. It’s sometimes referred to as clucking due to its similarity to a chicken’s clucking noise. However, do keep in mind that it’s not always loud, so you want to listen closely to this type of noise.
It can be an invitation to play with your ferret and is often accompanied by the “dance of joy” where your ferret starts puffing its tail, arching its back, and bouncing around.
Ferrets are also known to “bark”, though it’s not similar to that of a dog’s barking sound. It’s more akin to a loud chirp or dook sound which can also be an indication of either excitement or fear. In some cases, ferrets can make a barking sound if they’re annoyed by something.
It might sound surprising, but ferrets actually make snoring noises, just like humans, when they sleep. Not all ferrets do this, but those that do are actually cute to look at. It’s pretty normal for them to do so and it shouldn’t be a cause of concern.
A hissing sound can be an indication of anger or annoyance. It can range from short pats to long periods of hissing depending on the situation. In such a case, you want to handle your ferret pet with caution as it might lash out at you or even deliver you a painful bite.
The hissing sound is characterized by a low sound that sounds almost like a cat hissing but less creepy.
Why Do Ferrets Make Weird Noises?
As mentioned earlier, most ferrets are very vocal. In fact, they are social critters that lovemaking various sounds as a means of expressing themselves. This explains why they tend to make different noises in different situations.
Do keep in mind, however, that these “weird” noises are mostly normal for ferrets to make. But then again, you want to pay special attention when they make hissing or even screaming sounds as these can be an indication that something could be annoying or even frightening them.
Do Ferrets Make Noise In Their Sleep?
Most ferrets make a snoring sound when they’re asleep. This is actually pretty normal, and it only shows you that your ferret is sleeping soundly. There are also cases where some ferrets make squealing noises as they sleep.
According to research, ferrets tend to dream the way humans do, and such squealing noises might mean that they’re experiencing a bad dream. Fortunately, it’s not really that alarming and shouldn’t be considered as screeching.
How to Make a Ferret Dook?
To make a ferret dook simply means to make your ferrets happy or excited, thus causing them to make that dooking sound we covered earlier. There are plenty of ways to do this. Some of them are as follows:
1. Give them lots of toys and accessories to play with
Ideally, you want to give your ferrets something that can stimulate their playful nature. A few good examples would be hard plastic balls or tunnels where they can climb through. However, ferrets tend to get bored easily, so you want to switch the toys you give them once every 2-3 days.
You want to make sure that these toys are durable and won’t cause any choking hazards. You can even use small cat and dog toys. If you notice that your ferrets are already bored with their toys, make sure to replace them with new ones right away.
2. Allow them to roam your house freely as long as you have a safe, enclosed space
When you own a ferret, you have to make sure that your house is ferret-proof. You can allocate a room or area where you can let your ferrets roam around freely. Just make sure to remove any stuff that they can easily destroy or could cause them harm.
Also, make sure to fill the room with lots of toys and accessories that will keep them entertained.
3. Play with them at least 2 hours a day
Perhaps the best means of making your ferrets dook is to interact with them. Allocate at least 2 hours per day to play with your ferrets. It can be as simple as taking them out for a walk or using toys to play with them. You want to interact with your ferrets to established a relationship and keep them happy and healthy.
Do Ferrets Talk?
Ferrets do “talk” by using a variety of body language to convey their moods and thoughts. A few good examples would be doing the “dance of joy” when they’re excited, making a persistent stare if they want something, or playing with their empty food or water bowl if they’re hungry or thirsty.
Do Ferrets Cry?
Ferrets do cry, which can be indicated by the whining sounds they make. This could often mean that they’re in pain due to an illness, injury, or fear. If you notice that your ferret cries when you try moving it around, it’s most likely experiencing pain. It’s best to visit a veterinarian right away.
Ferrets are really expressive, and they normally express what they feel through the various noises/sounds they make. As a ferret owner, it’s ideal to familiarize the sounds that your ferrets make so you can easily identify if there’s a problem or if your ferrets are just happy.
It might take a while to fully understand what a ferret’s noise means, but as long as they bond with them regularly, it shouldn’t take long before you can quickly understand if the noises your ferrets make are a cause of concern or not.