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Pet Ferret Facts – Health Problems and Characteristics

Pet Ferret Facts – Health Problems and Characteristics

The idea of keeping a pet ferret is gaining more popularity as more people discover how friendly and curious they can be. As ferrets can be comfortable around humans, they make good pets. They love to find hiding places for their tidbits and toys, and this is how they got their name. They were called ‘thieves’ or ‘furoneum’ in Latin, describing their furtive behavior when storing their possessions. However, bear in mind that you will need equanimity when trying to litter train them.

Ferrets were domesticated as few as 2,500 years ago. Ever since that time, they have considered humans as part of their social group. They were the favorite pets of the royalty in the Middle Ages for their friendly nature and unique looks.

Ferrets are part of the weasel family, which can include a lot of members. The weasel family are mustelids. They have over 65 different species of cousins in the weasel family, including otters and badgers. When you look at the ferret, you can see how they are closely related to these creatures instead of the rodents that they are frequently compared to. Ferrets come in different shades of brown with black highlights although they are sleek and have short fur. There are ferrets which are albinos and they are easily identified by their pink eyes and white fur, similar to other animals which have an albino strain.

Male ferrets are usually about 18 inches and 2-3 pounds, while females are a little smaller. We still have no clue why ferrets have a tendency to hide and hoard food and playthings. They probably initially started doing it to hoard food for the colder, more lean months similar to how squirrels act. This is probably where the behavior started, but it definitely continues to this day.

Ferrets are commonly blamed unfairly for being odorous. This is not the case. They give off a musty scent due to their natural oils, but you can have the glands that produce these smells removed. Usually, if your ferrets have a strong odor, it is due their cages being unsanitary or due to owners not giving them adequate care. If you forget about your ferret’s litter box or cage for a few days, of course they are going to stink!

Ferrets will require some help to make sure that they don’t smell and stay in excellent shape. Unfortunately, they are prone to a number of ferret diseases and their already too-short lifetimes can become even more shortened. The diet of the ferret should be very high in fat and protein. They need about 35% in protein about roughly 15% in fat to stay at their healthiest. For the first few years of a ferret’s life, you will have to be very careful about what you feed them to make sure that they grow up strong.

You can give a ferret cat food if you are stuck in a bind, but you really can’t give a ferret cat food for an extended period of time. After all, cat food doesn’t have all of the vitamins and nutrients that ferrets need.

Ferrets are very intelligent and can be trained to do some tricks, although this will require some patience. They love holes as they were originally bred to get rabbits out of their burrows. They are descended from polecats and love to sleep. An average ferret can sleep up to 18 hours a day, but when they are awake, you will definitely know it! These pets are fun, loyal and smart, making them great animals to have around.