Fun Facts about Ferrets

Ferrets of late are being seen largely as a potential choice for a pet. This being said, obviously people find themselves stumped for more and more information about these furry creatures as keeping ferrets as pets is a relatively newer trend, one that didn’t find much audience until the late 1980’s.

Whether people are considering a ferret for themselves or are living with someone who is doing so, they need to have some knowledge about ferrets to know the pros and cons of such a situation.

Biologically, ferrets are part of the Mustelidae family. Though the closest relative to be marked to them was a weasel, they have properties that are similar to those of wolverines, badgers and skunks, which makes it clear that a ferret is a carnivorous animal.

This automatically implies that a pet ferret must get its fair share of meats and poultry products. While pet owners are shopping for groceries, they should be careful to choose only those foods for ferrets which have high protein content and a low fat content.

To avoid any health problems later, people should avoid foods that are rich in carbohydrates and sugar along with those foods that are meant for other animals.

Another thing that people should keep in mind while going for a ferret as a pet is that they demand a lot of time, patience and effort on the part of their owners in their maintenance. They don’t like to remain trapped in their cage like a guinea pig or a hamster.

facts-about-ferretsSo, if people do not have much time to spare, they should probably think of getting something else.

Also, if people have children in their family who are under six years of age, then also they should not go for a ferret as ferrets have sharp teeth and have a tendency to attack whenever they are hurt or are aggressive.

Most ferrets tend to sleep between eighteen to twenty hours in a day and whenever they wake up, they must be let out in the open. Also, to the dismay of many owners, ferrets can chew almost everything that comes in sight and is within their reach. Probably, the only way out would be to make one’s home ferret proof.

This can be done by enclosing all electrical cords in a house with a metal coiling, screening the windows to ensure that ferrets do not escape out of the house, block those areas where people wouldn’t want their ferrets to roam around and cleaning the floor of the house so that the ferrets do not eat the dirt in the house. If people are looking for the ideal dimensions for a cage for a ferret, then should make sure that the dimensions are at least, 18 x 18 x 30.

These dimensions are in inches. This makes sure that there is ample space for toys, and other utilities that a ferret may require. There should also be ample space for a litter box, so that it can be taken out for cleaning and then kept back in the cage without any problem.

This being said, people would have to toilet train their ferret, so that it can answer nature’s call without creating a mess in the cage. If one goes by the statistics, then a ferret is considered to be the third most popular pet in U.S.A. So if people have what it takes to look after a ferret, then by all means they should go ahead with their decision to own a pet ferret.

Biological Structure- As ferrets are a cousin to the Skunk family; hence they are able to produce musk from their glands. There are countries that have a rule wherein, these glands be removed so that the ferrets do not stink as much as they normally do, however, there is no such rule in Australia and United Kingdom.

These furry creatures have bodies that have the presence of natural oils which makes them shiny and smooth. Due to frequent showers, they may lose some of those oils. Moreover, ferrets tend to grow their nails pretty fast so owners may have to cut their nails regularly.

ferretsColor, Type and Age- As far as the colors go, people can get them in shades like black, white, brown, yellow or even a mixed color fur.

Ferrets may require more or less care depending on their age. For, the younger these ferrets are, the more delicate they are and hence require more care than their older counterparts.

As they get older, they seek the company of other ferrets. Also, once they form a group with another ferret or ferrets they do not always welcome a new addition to their circle.

Behavior and Habits- By nature, ferrets are usually curious and adventurous. Most owners have to let them out either at dusk or dawn to give them an opportunity to satiate their curiosity.

Whenever they get excited or happy, they like to dance in quite an aggressive manner, which might make it look that they are going to attack, while reality they are just elated.

Some Facts about Ferrets- As mentioned earlier, people have not always been as open to adopting ferrets as pets as they are now. This trend only picked pace in the 1980’s, before which they were mainly used for hunting purposes by the ancient Romans, as they could squeeze into small spaces. It was their flair for adventure and curious nature that made them so useful or almost indispensable for hunting purposes.

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Things to Consider Before Buying a Pet Ferret

cute-ferretFerrets are pretty different form the usual choices of domestic pets like cats and dogs that most people like to go for. If people own a ferret or are considering buying one as a pet, the following information can be useful to them.

The more research that people do in this field, the better care they will be able to take of their ferrets. Depending on the care that is given to a ferret, typically a ferret can live up to ten years.

The first thing that ferret owners need to know is that ferrets are nocturnal creatures i.e. they sleep during the day. Once they are awake during the night, people shouldn’t tap their cages, but let them out and let them play or move around freely.

While this happens, owners need to make sure that at night, all the cords and lines are secured, there are no small spaces in the room, where these little devils can squeeze into and that all delicate items are hidden.

This avoids any incidence where the ferrets may get hurt or get lost. Moreover, one of the first things that people need to consider before they bring in a ferret as a pet, is whether their home is pet friendly or rather, ferret friendly or not. Given the age up to which ferrets can live, bringing them home is a long term commitment.

Also, there is also a lot of care involved in raising a pet, as they are very small in size and hence need extra care. There have been many instances, where people or their family members have stepped on, squeezed too hard or dropped a ferret too hard, which ended up in killing the ferret.

This underlines the importance of the fact that all members of the family need to understand that a ferret is a very delicate animal and it needs a very careful handling.

It is almost impossible to raise a pet like a ferret without having sufficient knowledge about it. Ferrets tend to sleep a lot, almost up to twenty hours in a day and also they are very active and playful.

Further, they have high levels of energy whenever they are awake and playing around. While sleeping, ferrets usually prefer darker areas. So people shouldn’t be surprised to find their pet ferret either curled up under their sweater or inside their laundry basket.

cute-little-ferretsFerrets are mammals and are carnivorous when it comes to their diets. In order to fulfill their need for protein they need to be fed on loads of meat and poultry products.

Many people make the mistake of feeding their ferret cat food. There are ample numbers of brands that sell ferret food, so people should stock up sufficiently on ferret food so as to avoid feeding their ferret cat food.

However, if people own a baby ferret, then it is better if they stick to kitten food for the first three years and then graduate to ferret food as their pet grows up. Along with food, ferrets also need their fair share of water which can be given to them wither in a bowl or in a bottle. Going for a bottle is more advisable as there is no danger of spilling the water as in the case of a water bowl.

There are times, when people may have to get out of their houses. This is an everyday story for those who work every day and ferrets cannot be left alone to look after themselves. It is for this reason that people should keep their ferrets in cages. Ideally, an 18 x 18 x 30 size of a cage is sufficient for a ferret. It should be noted that all these dimensions are in inches. It should be big enough to have enough room for the ferrets to move about in that cage.

People can also keep few toys for their ferret in their cages to keep the ferrets busy while they are not there. Another thing that ferret owners should remember to do is to take their ferrets for regular visit to the vet and be regular with the vaccinations. If people go ahead with following the above mentioned directives, they can ensure one of the best growing environments for their pet ferrets.

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