Domestic Ferrets – Is It Worth It To Get A Predator In The House
It looks like a ferret
Increasingly, the question of whether a person has a pet, you can hear a completely unexpected answer. Yes, there is, and this is not a cat or a dog, or even a decorative rat, but … a domestic ferret. Is it possible for these wild animals to live under the same roof with humans and be considered pets? Many ferret owners claim that it is possible, moreover, they say that they did not regret for a second that they had brought such a small forest predator in their house.
Figure out is a ferret worth it, we offer you. Who knows, perhaps we are simply underestimating these animals with you, and therefore, our attitude towards them is somewhat biased. So, let’s now objectively weigh the pros and cons of such a step as the appearance of a ferret in your house.
Description of the domestic ferret
What does a domestic ferret look like?
A ferret or domestic ferret is a domesticated form of an ordinary wild forest ferret that lives in the forests and forest-steppes of Europe. Domestic ferrets inherited from their ancestors a lot of characteristic features for this species, and first of all – their unusual appearance. So, the body of the domestic ferret is flexible and elongated, squat, the tail is long and covered with thick fur. Wherein female ferrets are smaller than males and their behavior is different from that of males.
The color of domestic ferrets is from white to black. over, these cute creatures also molt, but not more than 1 time per year.
Features of the behavior of domestic ferrets
Their sense of touch and smell are well developed, but their vision is poor. Ferrets or ferrets are very agile and brisk, and know how and love to swim, and also love to climb high surfaces. cabinets, walls. By the way, they tolerate cold much easier than heat, therefore, for your domestic ferret, overheating is much more dangerous than hypothermia …
Character Features of Domestic Ferrets
Home ferret cage
These are unusually quick-witted and cunning creatures, however, with proper upbringing, they become tame and friendly. It is noteworthy that
the animals that were raised on the farm are much more aggressive than those raised by the breeders, so if you want to take a really manual ferret, pay attention to its origin.
Ferrets show their positive emotions with a special gurgle, but negative emotions with a hiss. These creatures get along well with each other and with other animals (although we would not recommend you to keep them together with representatives of hunting breeds of dogs), and when it comes to the ferret’s proximity with a cat, or a ferret with a dog, the obvious dominant will be it is the ferret.
These animals are prone to kleptomania (they like to drag household items and hide them in a secluded corner), they love to turn flower pots over, and can bite pieces of rubber objects during the game.
You can put in place a playing ferret either with a pinch or a light slap, but only if you caught a ferret at the crime scene. If time has already passed from the moment of the trick, then the punishment will not give results, since the ferret will not understand what you want to achieve from him, but will only be offended by you.
Ferrets can be accustomed to the nickname, and even train not difficult tricks and teams.
Do domestic ferrets smell
Talking about the features of ferrets, we could not help but recall that these animals emit a peculiar smell. Their wool itself has a light musky aroma with honey notes. And, when the ferret is frightened or excited, his ductal glands begin to emit a completely unpleasant aroma. True, many ferret owners say that such pranalny glands can be removed surgically and then this problem disappears by itself.
As for the smell of their urine and excrement, they, unlike cats, do not smell at all, therefore, it is not worth worrying that if the ferret suddenly marks the territory and this causes an unbearable smell in your house.
Where can I keep a domestic ferret?
Many owners of domestic ferrets tell that their pet moves freely around the house and does not live in a cage. The ferret himself certainly likes such freedom, but it is not safe for him – the animal can climb into the slot and not get out of it, climb the windowsill and fall into the window, or jump out into the staircase. Therefore, in order to be safe for life and health, the ferret is nevertheless recommended to keep them in a large cage. And in order to compensate for their lack of space – they can be released for several hours a day to play in a safe room.
As for the arrangement of the ferret cage, it should be spacious enough so that the ferret can move freely in it, and play – place cardboard labyrinths or boxes inside the cage, which will become an entertainment complex for your pet. You can get ideas for such complexes and toys (don’t look that they are cat-like. The ferret will like them too) here.
However, ferrets love not only playing, but also sleeping, therefore, it is also worth paying special attention to arranging their bed – their sleeping place will need to be made soft and comfortable. And if you are still a supporter of the ferret moving around your house freely – do not be surprised that he will love your bed or your armchair for his rest after active games.
How to care for a ferret
So ferrets swim
These creatures do not need special care. Unless you will need to regularly feed the ferret, drink, clean his toilet, and change his nest litter in the cage once a week. As for cosmetic procedures and hygiene measures, then your pet will need to trim the nails on the front legs, and during moulting – comb out the hair.
Periodically, the ferret can be arranged and water procedures – give the opportunity to swim in a bathtub filled with water. However, the depth should not be too large so that the animal does not drown.
Some ferret owners walk with their small domestic predators, however, without a leash and a special harness, we would not recommend this to you – without such protection, your animal can feel the call of nature to escape, and then you are unlikely to find it. But about what are the leashes (for example, dogs) you can read here.
As for the training of a ferret to the toilet, if he will freely move around your house, get ready for the fact that he will have several favorite points in which he will relieve his need. In them you will need to put a toilet with a special filler (you can use filler for a cat’s toilet). It’s not difficult to accustom a ferret to them.
How to feed domestic ferrets
Ferrets living in nature are predators that can feed on small rodents, birds, frogs, and even eat large insects in their mood. At home, you are unlikely to be able and willing to provide such a diet to your pet, therefore, it is better to give preference to prepared special feeds, or to mixtures of meat products. They can also be given natural products, but if the ferret is not located for them, he will not eat them. Ah, that It is strictly forbidden to give home-made ferrets for food – these are sweets and spicy food.
The ferret must also have access to fresh and clean water at all times.
Please note that a wrong diet will negatively affect the health of the pet, and it can begin to hurt and even die.
If you are planning to get a couple of domestic ferrets, then be prepared for the fact that they breed several times a year. And, if the female ferret does not mate – she experiences physiological stress, this becomes the cause of her complete baldness and even leads to death. Therefore, if you do not plan to babysit small croars, be sure to sterilize the female (Do you want to know what the sterilization operation is? Read this article here). As for the males, they without mating begin to mark the territory with their urine and as a result your house is filled with quite specific aromas. It is difficult to adequately respond to them, therefore, it is better to castrate the male if you do not use it for breeding (more about castration, using the example of the same cats, you can find out here).
Owners who want to have a ferret in their home should know that in the future, the ferret will need to conduct annual vaccinations (according to the dog’s schedule), poison fleas and worms.
An indicator of a ferret’s health status is always his hair and excrement – any deviation from the norm (the ferret intensively loses hair or has loose stools for a long period of time) can be a symptom of the disease.
In this case, if you suspect that the ferret is sick, contact your veterinarian for help. Self-medication of this animal is not worth it.
Benefits of keeping ferrets at home
If such a resident settles in your house – be prepared for the fact that you will never be bored or sad. Your ferret, which will constantly need your love, care and attention, and all this will need to be confirmed not just with words, but with concrete actions, will not let you get bored. You will not feel alone. And, the beginning depression will surely disappear after you look at the muzzle of a well-fed and satisfied ferret, who, curled up in a ball, sleeps on your pillow.
Disadvantages of keeping ferrets at home
To say that pets are difficult in terms of home maintenance is to say nothing. Unfortunately,
out of 10 owners of ferrets, only 3 do not regret the day when they got a ferret in their house. Everyone else is tormented and don’t know where to attach this “happiness”, which spoils their things, marks territory, turns home flowers and turned into a real nightmare for a cat.
Add to this the fact that ferrets must necessarily breed, otherwise it negatively affects their health and behavior and the fact that the procedure of castration and sterilization, unfortunately, does not completely solve this problem. After castration and sterilization, the metabolism in the animal’s body is disturbed and the ferret begins to get fat, suffer from obesity or vice versa from exhaustion (and this, with good care), completely lose its coat.
Not always ferrets. cute and affectionate, as in the pictures from the Internet, they have very sharp teeth and claws (it’s not surprising, because they are real predators), besides they are vindictive, so when you wait until you lose vigilance, the ferret can literally cripple you with your razor-sharp teeth and tenacious claws (this despite their haircut). They become especially aggressive at night, when you sleep, therefore, you should not stay with the ferret face to face at night. And if you don’t put the ferret in place in time, then the proximity to such a small aggressive tyrant is unlikely to give you pleasure.
These animals can not stand the mess, scattered things and in the best case they steal or spoil them, in the worst – mark and then get rid of this smell is not so easy. And they, as we wrote above, are real kleptomaniacs and thieves.
Domestic ferrets also have a tendency to cigarette butts, alcohol, chips and Coca-Cola, as well as cosmetics and chemistry – but all this is harmful to health, so you can involuntarily become responsible for the death of a ferret who does not control such impulses.
It is unlikely that you will be able to walk with a ferret even on a leash, as you constantly have to "pull out" your ferret from a nearby garbage can into which it jumped.
Of course, there are exceptions to the rules, and there are ferrets – real angels, but it is better to be mentally prepared for such a standard version of behavior and a set of negative and negative qualities than to be disappointed later and look for where to attach this ferret monster.
Who should start ferrets
These animals are suitable for the role of a pet to responsible and loving owners who don’t read souls in any living creatures and are ready to sacrifice their sleep and peace, if only their ferret would be satisfied. In a word, to those who consider themselves to be a true fan of this kind.
And here it is better for families with small children, people who often travel on business trips, elderly people – ferrets are better not to start. For them, caring for this creature will become too much of a burden and communication with this cute predator will turn into a burden too quickly. It’s like a suitcase – it will be hard to carry on, and it’s a pity to leave …
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Today we talked about whether it is worth getting a domestic ferret. We hope that our short course on caring for these animals and information on their habits helped you to make your impression of this creation and draw conclusions about whether it is your animal or not. If you are not mentally prepared for a ferret to live in your house – it seems too noisy or mobile for you, think about why you, for example, should not have a chinchilla. And, to all those who have just confirmed that he wants to start a ferret, we promise that in the near future we will tell more about habits, maintenance rules, care and feeding, breeding and behavior of these animals So expect new publications about ferrets on our website.