So you think you might want to get a ferret as a pet?
Here are some interesting facts about ferrets.
- Ferrets are in the weasel family, and their name is translated from Latin meaning “SMELLY LITTLE THIIEF.”
- When you purchase a ferret from a pet store, they will already be neutered or spayed. A baby ferret is called a kit, a neutered male is called a gib, and a spayed female is called a sprite. If you have a group of ferrets they are called a business.
- Ferrets usually live between 5-7 years. They are mostly active at dawn and dusk (crepuscular) which should be strongly considered before purchasing.
- Ferrets get many of the same diseases as other pet mammal. Just like cats and dogs, ferrets should be vaccinated against Rabies and distemper. They also have a high risk for an insulin secreting tumor (insulinoma) and adrenal gland cancer. Both of these diseases are common in ferrets and are difficult to treat and are commonly fatal. Ferrets are also at risk for catching human flu and COVID-19.
- Ferrets are carnivores, which means they only eat meat. Fortunately, there are many good ferret diets commercially available for purchase.
- Ferrets are illegal in some states. Check before purchasing.
- Ferrets need an environment that allows them to explore, play and exercise. Left unattended, they can get themselves into trouble by squeezing into very tight spaces. They can be destructive to your home and often steal and hide items throughout your house. They need a good cage with many toys and levels, but cannot be continuously kept in their cage. Plan on spending lots of time every day with your pet ferret to allow for appropriate physical and social interaction. FOR MORE INFORMATION GO TO FERRET.ORG