Ferrets are very closely related to a wild animal called a polecat.
But they are domesticated so it’s okay to have them as pets! Ferrets have long bodies, which makes them look a bit odd, but it’s really useful for moving and turning around in small spaces. Ferrets can live for up to 10 years, although age six is the average.
Ferrets are very inquisitive and playful, so they can get bored very easily. They’re highly sociable too so should be kept with at least one other friendly ferret.
It’s best to feed them a small amount of food throughout the day, rather than one or two larger meals. To keep them active, and prevent them from getting bored, you can hide bits of food for them to find! Because they’re predators, ferrets are strict carnivores and cannot be fed a vegetarian diet. Now for some pretty amazing facts!
The latin name for a ferret, Mustela putorius furo, literally translates as ‘stinky raging thief’. Hmphf! That’s not very nice, is it?
Ferrets love sleeping – a healthy ferret may sleep for between 18 and 20 hours a day!
Humans can transmit some illnesses, such as the flu, to ferrets and vice versa! Oh dear.
So ferret owners, or wannabe ferret owners, make sure you read all about ferrets’ needs by looking at the attachment below.
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