Ferrets – Are they the right pet for you?

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Ferrets – Are they the right pet for you?

Ferrets - Are they the right pet for you?

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Ferrets – Are they the right pet for you? Ferrets are still the most unusual pets who grab attention no matter where they are. Is it because of their unique body shape with short legs or the fact that on the first impression, they look like a wild animal? Well, let me tell you, they are far from their wild ancestors. Ferrets do make great pets, but before getting a fuzz, it is good to learn about their nature, just to see if they are a good pet for you. The best way to find out general information about ferrets is through ferret facts. Due to that I have prepared the most interesting facts about ferrets regarding to their health, diet, behavior and personality.

  • The first ferret fact I will talk about is their legal status. Ferrets aren’t legal in all countries in the world, so before getting your fuzzy, check the laws in your town. Some states in the USA banned ferrets and the most famous state for that is California. There are situations where ferrets are banned in towns, but not in states and the most famous example for that is New York City.
  • Being the most unusual pet has its disadvantages. Before getting a ferret, check if you can find some good ferret vet in your town, because most vets are inexperienced regarding ferrets. Keeping your fuzzy healthy and happy is important for them as it is for dogs and cats.
  • Having a good ferret vet is important because of one unusual ferret fact. You have to spay a female ferret, or she can develop aplastic anemia. When female ferrets are sexually mature they are in heat. The problem with them is that they won’t stop being in heat, unless they mate. If you don’t breed ferrets, your female ferret will continue to be in heat and that can cause hormonal dissemblance and in the end, anemia. To avoid any complications, spay or neuter your ferret.Ferrets - Are they the right pet for you?
  • Since we are talking about health, let’s continue with the diet. Ferrets are obligate carnivores and their perfect diet consists of raw meat, bones and organs, all in one balanced meal. But, if you can’t provide them that (due to numerous reasons) the most important is to choose a good quality kibble. The best kibbles are actually cat’s kibble which have meat on the top 3 main ingredients (for example chicken, turkey, lamb, duck liver….)
  • Why are ferrets so funny pets? It is because of their behavior and my personal favorite ferret fact. Ferrets have this special way of celebrating their good mood, high energy level or they just want to play. This special dance is called a „war dance“. A war dance is something a healthy, happy ferret does at least once a day and it includes running, dooking, jumping, and knocking over everything that is in the way. It is the funniest and the most adorable war dance you will see.
  • I am sure you’ve read „Dooking“ and wondered what is it? It is a term to express happy sound every ferret is making. They don’t vocalize much and you can’t hear them unless they are dooking or hissing. Hissing is an expression for the voice they produce when they are mad or scared. So if you hear hissing, the ferret is telling you to back off.
  • Another interesting ferret fact is related to their behavior. When a ferret comes to unknown territory (aka new room) it will puff its fur! Every hair on the body will go up and ferrets do that to appear bigger and scarier. To me they look just more fluffy and adorable, but shhh, don’t tell them that! J We, ferret owners have a special name for that too! When they puff their tail we call it a bottle brush tail because, well, it looks like a brush for cleaning bottles.
  • Our sleepy ferret fact is at the number 8. Ferrets aka big sleepers will spend most of their day sleeping. Their average sleeping time is about 16 – 20 hours a day. But, don’t get me wrong those 4-8 hours they are running, playing and doing mischief, so they are active little furballs.
  • Ferrets love company and it is better for them to come in a pair (at least) because they will have someone to play with. When you are getting a ferret and all equipment for ferrets, financially there aren’t many difference whether you buy for one or two ferrets. You will buy one cage, the same amount of toys etc. Someone wise once said: Ferrets are like Pringles you can’t have just one!
  • And the last ferret fact is about ferrets and other pets. Ferrets can get along with other pets. Of course since they are obligate carnivores, don’t mix them with rodents (rats, mice, hamsters or rabbits) because those are their dinner. They get along very well with cats, but with dogs you have to be careful. There are dog breeds which were trained to hunt rabbits and rats and ferrets look like them so keep them under control. Do not let your ferret and your dog be unsupervised in any situation.

AUTHOR BIO:

Anja is blogger and ferret lover/owner who writes about her two ferrets Frida and Yoda on her site Friendly Ferret.  She provides educational content for all ferret owners, DIY projects for ferrets and writes about her lifer with ferrets.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ferrets – Are they the right pet for you?

Ferrets – Are they the right pet for you?

Ferrets – Are they the right pet for you?

Ferrets – Are they the right pet for you?

Ferrets – Are they the right pet for you?

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