Can You Own a Mink as a Pet?

Like Otters, Mink are semi-aquatic animals and like ferrets, they require hours of playtime each day to keep them entertained and exercised. Part of the weasel family, mink look very similar to ferrets, however, they have not been domesticated so their temperament is more like a wild animal. They have been bred for their fur quality, not their personality!

Can you have a mink as a pet?

Can you buy a mink as a pet?

You may purchase a mink from a broker or breeder, but they are not common and they too require a permit to own, breed and sell them. The average price in US states is $250, however, prices do vary per state.

There are three different coat colors; black, jaguar (black and white), or seal (grey). Occasionally, a breeder or broker may sell a mink with a brown coat which is their natural color in the wild.

Taming a mink is not an easy task. The task requires patience, compassion, and total devotion to the endeavor. It is best to first become familiar with a mink’s habits before attempting to tame it.

What states do minks live in?

The American Mink can be found in every state except Arizona and the more arid areas of California, Nevada, Utah, New Mexico, and West Texas. They are rarely found in mountainous regions or along desert coasts.

Minks live in most climates but prefer areas that are wet and forested. They are distributed across North America’s coniferous forests, preferring swamps and other wetland habitats where they can hunt for muskrats and other small mammals. Because of their aquatic nature, they can be seen at the edges of streams and lakes.

How do you raise a pet mink?

Mink are similar in their care requirements to both ferrets and otters. The most important thing is that they are kept in a secure enclosure. Mink are escape artists and can easily bend wire cages. It is best to purchase a custom-built cage with closely spaces wire panels. A tall enclosure with multiple levels provides opportunities for mink to climb and explore.

If you are keeping their cage indoors then you will need to allow your mink daily bath time. Being semi-aquatic, mink need access to water so they can swim and exercise. In the wild, they would hunt in water for fish and crustaceans.

They are easily bored if left alone, so you must be able to devote at least 3 hours per day to play with your mink. This includes playing with cat toys, making your own enrichment objects, and swimming time. Mink love ball pits, tunnels and hides. Anything that gives them the opportunity to explore and play is great for preventing stress.

Their diet must be exclusively meat as they are carnivores. The best diet to feed them is a high protein, high-fat mink kibble supplemented with raw meat such as rabbit, duck and deer. You can also give fish or crustaceans as this mimics their diet in the wild.

Are minks aggressive?

Minks are ferocious, aggressive predators. Living mostly in the water and feeding on fish, frogs, and crayfish, they are normally found in freshwater habitats. They are not endangered as a species and can be found in many areas where they have no natural predators. They will attack prey that is much larger than themselves with little or no provocation.

Where are minks native?

Minks are native to many regions in North America, Europe, and Asia. The mink has a long body, short legs, and a small head with slender ears. Minks are curious creatures that enjoy exploring. They also appear inquisitive and friendly.

What is a mink’s habitat?

Minks are carnivorous mammals that are often found by lakes, streams and rivers living near water sources with ample access to food as well as dry land where they can rest during the day. Minks eat fish, frogs, snakes and small rodents that they find in the water or on land when hunting for food. They will also eat birds if given the chance.

How long does a mink live?

On average, the American mink can live in the wild for 3 to 6 years. Domesticated minks have a longer life span and can live up to 10 years. Most wild minks do not live for more than 5 years. The life span of a mink depends on its living conditions and whether it is domesticated or wild.


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Hannah Elizabeth is an English animal behavior author, having written for several online publications. With a degree in Animal Behaviour and over a decade of practical animal husbandry experience, Hannah's articles cover everything from pet care to wildlife conservation. When she isn't creating content for blog posts, Hannah enjoys long walks with her Rottweiler cross Senna, reading fantasy novels and breeding aquarium shrimp.

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