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Here are five fun ferret facts. Interesting information about having ferrets as pets, including some facts about ferret health.
Only one species of ferret is kept as a pet. It descended from European ancestors, and its scientific name is Mustela furo.
Pet ferrets are available in various coat colours and patterns within the species. The black-footed ferret is a wild cousin of the pet ferret, but the two should not be confused.
Black-footed ferrets (Mustela nigripes) are the only ferret native to North America and have never been domesticated.
In fact, black-footed ferrets are fighting their way back from near extinction.
You have to be especially careful about feeding your ferret. They have unique digestive systems catered to the carnivore.
They can’t really digest fiber and have certain needs of protein, fat, and calcium. If they don’t get the right ratio of these things they tend to keep eating until they get enough of that limiting factor.
Otherwise pet ferrets typically don’t overeat as commonly as other domesticated animals.
Pet ferrets also need regular vaccinations. The most important of these is a series of distemper shots when your ferret is still a baby, also known as a kit.
Distemper is an extremely dangerous virus that claims the ferret’s life in almost 100% of cases if contracted. There are other vaccinations, but nothing else protects from any viruses or diseases with such staggering numbers.
Ferrets suffer from a variety of diseases and tumors such as insulinorma, tumors, heart disease, intestinal conditions, and complications involving the liver and intestines and spleen.
Many pet ferrets are plagued with multiple issues at the same time. Most diseases commonly found in ferrets will need some type of veterinary care which will often include surgery.
Vaccinations should start at 6 weeks of age, similar to those for dogs and cats. They should have an annual veterinary exam. Pet ferrets must be spayed or neutered by about 6 months of age.
Other habit retained from the polecat ancestor is the storage of items in these burrow areas. After a wild polecat makes a kill, if it was larger than what he could eat immediately, he would bring it back to the den area to eat later in several meals.
Females that are raising kits will always bring food back to the den. Some pet ferrets like to carry out this behaviour with not only bits of food, but other “toys” in their environment such as car keys.
If you are missing some small items, you might look in your pet’s “den” or adjacent areas.
The pet trade began promoting the domestic ferret as a household pet in the United States in the 1970s, and pet ferrets gained popularity as progress was made in neutering young ferrets, developing veterinary care, and developing and supplying ferret foods and home accoutrements.
Now that you’re on the right track to naming your ferret, you’ll want to keep your little friend happy and healthy.
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