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Information about ferrets

Information about ferrets

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  • 1. A Ferret Story An Inside Look to a Ferret’s Life
  • 2. The Origin of a Ferret
    • The ferret is part of the Weasel Family, which also includes Skunks and Otters.
    • The domestic ferret is believed to be a descendant of the Polecat.
    • The black footed ferrets are wild ferrets unlike domestic ferrets.
  • 3. Ferret History
    • Ferrets have been domesticated since 4 BC.
    • It is unknown who domesticated the ferret.
    • Ferrets are found in the writing of Plinius .
    • Ferrets(Viverra) were used in Ancient Rome to drive out the rabbits.
    • Ferrets are the 3rd most popular domestic carnivore in the United States.
  • 4. Ferret Superstitions
    • Drinking the remaining milk from a dish a ferret has lapped from and you will be cured of the whooping cough. (British and Irish tradition)
    • If you are bitten on the neck by a ferret, you will become one of the undead. (Central and Eastern European tradition)
  • 5. Ferrets As Pets
    • They are companion animals like cats and dogs.
    • They aren’t recommended in homes with small children.
    • Ferrets are curious and Playful creatures.
    • Ferrets do not chew on furniture or mark territory.
  • 6. More About Pet Ferrets
    • Ferrets are ideal pets for people who live in apartments or suffer from allergies.
    • They have a high metabolism and lots of energy. Because of that they are prone to accidents and illnesses.
    • Ferrets enjoy exploring everything.
    • They are good in pairs and with other pets, like dogs and cats.
    • They sleep a lot during the day.
    • They cannot survive on their own in the wild.
  • 7. Caring For Your Ferret
    • Ferrets live for about 8-10 years.
    • Females weight around 2lbs and are 12 inches long while males are normally twice as big.
    • Ferrets can be litter trained.
    • Ferrets tend to play rough especially at a young age, but when they realize they are hurting you they will modify their play.
    • Ferrets love to tunnel so make sure they have sheets and towels to cuddle in.
  • 8. Choosing Your Pet Ferret
    • You HAVE to spay or neuter your ferret unless planning to breed.
    • The best place to get one is at a ferret shelter.
    • Look for bright eyes, healthy skin and alertness when choosing your ferret .
  • 9. What Your Ferret Will Need Food for your ferret a food dish (one hard to tip) A water dish (one hard to tip) or water bottle Litter boxes Litter Bedding (not wood shavings) A cage Ferret shampoo A collar and a little bell Pet claw clippers Toys a box or basket a harness and leash
  • 10. Enjoy Your Ferret!