smart and full of mischief, ferrets have been domesticated for
centuries as a control against rats and mice, and were used for
rodent hunting on ships sailing to colonial America in the 17th
have grown tremendously in popularity as a domestic house with
their ease of care only matched by their owners' sheer enjoyment
in watching them play.
can become overly energetic and rambunctious, but can usually
be calmed with gentle discipline.
To fuel their
rampant energy, ferrets require a high-protein diet that is low
in ash and magnesium, which can usually be found in quality dry
cat foods. Like cats,
ferrets can be trained to use a litter box, be given toys to swat
around, and are usually found climbing up on or sneaking into
every nook and cranny in the house.
they are susceptible to canine distemper, rabies and heartworms,
for which they should receive vaccinations from a qualified, ferret-friendly
veterinarian. And don't forget to cover your mouth when you sneeze
since ferrets can also catch the common cold and flu from
their human owners!
on the Web, discover more about pet ferrets at top sites offering
tips & advice on their care and feeding, how to's on training,
health tips, a collection of ferret fun facts, and more historical
notes on Ferrets Through The Ages ...
More information about ferrets around the Web:
Ferret Association - Check out helpful topics including
information on required vaccines and other ferret medical issues,
rescue stories, championship shows, ferret related events, plus
a searchable database of ferret veterinarians in the U.S. and