A ferret is a small, furry creature with a cone-shaped nose, long tail and a long, pear-shaped body with short legs and long claws. Ferrets are related to wolverines, ermines, minks and weasels in the Mustela genus. They are popular, though often controversial, pets.
As our ferret companions journey from birth to old age, they experience changes similar in some ways to the changes experienced by aging people. Those changes include hair loss, hair thinning, tooth decay, and changes to appetite, mobility, physical structure, personality and temperament. The changes discussed in this article apply to healthy ferrets, not ferrets affected by disease.
Ferrets are playful and they are very entertaining to watch. They are also smart and very curious and thus require training and lots of interaction with people to bond with them. Female ferrets are called jills, and males are hobs.
Ferrets are fun, intelligent animals with a playful, friendly personality. This makes them great pets for small animal lovers, but it can be hard to find the perfect cage for your new furry friend. Warning: Avoid purchasing a painted or pressure-treated cage, which can contain toxins such as lead or zinc. Tip: Place a small, locking bowl under the water spout to catch any drips since ferrets usually like to play with their water bottles.
Ferrets are probably one of the most misunderstood domestic animals. FACT: Male ferrets are called hobs, females jills and youngsters kits. An eight-week-old hob: Picture courtesy of Folly Bridge Ferretry.
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Buying a ferret can be tricky and choosing between a female ferret and a male ferret can be a rather challenging decision for someone who has not owned a ferret before. There are no big differences between the two genders. Size and weight are some minor differences.
Currently almost no progress has been made in determining the center of the domestication of ferrets. It is thought that ferrets may have been domesticated from native European polecats Mustela putorius. There is evidence of domestic ferrets in Europe over years ago.
Ferrets reach maturity quickly. They reach their full size and ability to reproduce by the age of 4 months. That fast aging process continues throughout their lives.
The ferret Mustela putorius furo is the domesticated form of the European polecata mammal belonging to the same genus as the weaselMustelain the family Mustelidae. They are still used for hunting rabbits in some parts of the world, but increasingly they are kept only as pets. Being so closely related to polecatsferrets easily hybridize with them, and this has occasionally resulted in feral colonies of polecat—ferret hybrids that have caused damage to native fauna, especially in New Zealand.