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.
So, 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.
Color, 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.