Ferrets Spazz and Sai-Sai/© Courtesy David Parsons
Ferrets do best when lighting follows the natural cycles of the sun.
A: Many ferret veterinary experts believe ferrets should be kept in natural lighting, which means no electric lights after sundown or before sunrise. Why? The reproductive cycles of ferrets are tied into hours of daily sunlight. Even if they are spayed/neutered, their pineal gland sends reproductive hormones to the adrenal glands throughout their lives. Keeping them in “artificial summer” means there are “time to breed!” messages constantly being transmitted. Some researchers theorize this overstimulation of the adrenal glands contributes to the development of adrenal disease.
A research project done by City University in London reported that, like cats, ferrets can see in ultraviolet light, giving them good vision in the dark. So they don’t need light to get around. Will this eliminate adrenal disease? There’s no guarantee of that, but it will be more natural for your ferrets.
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