Furry Ferrets: Their Journey As Beloved Pets

Furry Ferrets: Their Journey As Beloved Pets

Numerous individuals worldwide have a strong affinity for a variety of animal species, seeking to domesticate them as their beloved companions. Their desire extends beyond the typical choices of dogs and cats, and they seek some unique pets. In this assortment of unique and exotic pets, Ferrets have become the top choice of pet lovers worldwide with their adorable appearance, playful nature, and amazing personality traits. 

In this article, we will explore the fascinating journey of ferrets as cherished companions, delving into their history, characteristics, habitat, behavior, and care requirements while keeping them as pets. 

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What is a Ferret?

Ferret is a small, domesticated mammal species belonging to the family Mustelidae. It has a slender body and tail with an average length of around 50 cm and weighs between 700gm to 2 kg. Furs of the Ferrets can be black, brown, white, or a mixture of those colors.

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Furry Ferrets: Their Journey As Beloved Pets

“Ferret” was taken from the Latin word furittus, meaning “Little Thief”. 

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 Physical Traits

Ferrets have a mustelid body shape with thick and dense fur ranging in different colors including brown, black, white, or mixed. Their tails possess more than 25% of their total body length. Ferrets are sexually dimorphic; males are slightly larger than females. 

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 Habitat and Behavior

Furry Ferrets: Their Journey As Beloved Pets

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Ferrets are crepuscular which means they spend 14-18 hours of a day sleeping while emerging in the hours of dusk and dawn. They are social animals and love to reside in groups. Ferrets are territorial, and they like to burrow and sleep in an enclosed areas. 

While domestication, Ferrets need at least one hour of daily exercise and a place to play and satisfy their curiosity. 

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 Diet

Furry Ferrets: Their Journey As Beloved Pets

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Ferrets are carnivorous, and their diet consists mainly of meat, organs, bones, skin, etc. They need to eat frequently because of their quick metabolism and short digestive system. 

Health Concerns

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Ferrets are susceptible to various health conditions, including adrenal disease, hairballs, dental issues, etc. Another common health issue is cancer which affects the pancreas, lymphatic system, and adrenal glands. 

History of Domestication 

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Furry Ferrets: Their Journey As Beloved Pets

Ferrets are the domesticated form of the European Polecat, resulting from their interfertility. They have a long and storied history of companionship with humans. The reason behind their domestication is not known, but they were domesticated around 2500 years ago. It has been claimed that the ancient Egyptians were the first to tame ferrets for their exceptional hunting skills.  

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Ferrets as Pets

Ferrets were first introduced into the American continents in the 17th century. In some countries where rabbits are considered a pest by farmers, they have been used for hunting. Until 1980, they were relatively rare pets, but they have become popular over the years. In the US, Ferret has become an increasingly beloved choice of household pet, with over five million in total. 

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Furry Ferrets: Their Journey As Beloved Pets

Care Tips

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To ensure the well-being of your furry friend, it is crucial to create a safe environment for them. Here are some care tips for furry ferrets.

  • Set up a spacious and secure cage, providing appropriate bedding and toys, and maintaining consistent feeding and grooming. 
  • Provide them ample space to roam and explore. 
  • Give a balanced diet consisting primarily of meat-based foods. 
  • A bath in a few months using a mild ferret-specific shampoo to keep their fur clean and soft.
  • Ensuring the health of Ferrets requires regular veterinary check-ups and taking the necessary precautions. 
  • Educate yourself about ferret behavior to provide the best care for your pet. 

Furry Ferrets: Their Journey As Beloved Pets

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 Fun Fact about Ferrets

Ferrets perform a “weasel war dance” in excitement, characterized by frenzied sideways hops, leaps, and bumping into nearby objects. 

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Before bringing a ferret into your home, research the local laws and regulations regarding ferret ownership. Some areas have specific requirements or restrictions that you need to be aware of to ensure compliance. 

Hope you enjoyed reading about one of your favorite pets. Please comment down your thoughts. 

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