9 Reasons Why Ferrets Make Awesome Pets | The Pet Planet Magazine
Jordan Walker cares for the welfare of all animals. He is a firm believer that not only cats and dogs make awesome companions, pet pocket ferret does too! As the lead curator of Coops and Cages, he helps people decide what pet they should get and give information about them too.
When people decide to have an animal member in the family, they often go for cats and dogs. That’s understandable because they are the most common house pets. However, there are an array of options under the furry category aside from felines and canines. And one of these are ferrets.
Domestic ferrets have an interesting history. Nobody knows for sure which their wild ancestor is, but the consensus points to the European polecat. It may be its primary ancestor, but it’s thought that there were other species that contributed to their genetic lineage.
Ferrets have also been around humans for a long time. Researchers think they were domesticated in as early as 63 BC, at the time of the Greek philosopher Strabo. He wrote about them being used to hunt rabbits and curb their population. In Rome also, they were favored as rabbit hunters. It was from Pliny that we learned this, who wrote of them sometime around 23 – 79 AD.
They may be an odd choice for an animal pal, but they are not all that uncommon either. In the United States alone, there are more than 300 ferret-owning households. So if you become a ferret parent, you will have no problem asking for advice!
But aside from the abundance of ferret knowledge, there are nine more reasons why you should adopt a ferret:
1. They’re small.
Ferrets are considered as pocket pets. They generally grow up to 18 inches from head to tail, weigh somewhere between 0.75 to 2.5 kg. They’re small and lightweight compared to the more common house pets!
2. They don’t have to bath often.
It’s recommended that ferrets are bathed as frequently as once a month, or as seldom as once every few months. That is because the ferret’s fur is coated with a natural oil. If they are bathed too often, then their bodies will be forced to produce more oil. And that only results to a stronger ferrety odor. Now that is something a ferret parent would want to avoid.
3. They’re easy to groom.
Grooming is important even for small fellows like ferrets. They aren’t fussy about it and In fact, they enjoy it! They are capable of grooming themselves, but some help from their parent is appreciated. They shed their fur twice a year, so a brush would come in handy to assist them in getting rid of loose fur.
4. Ferrets are very sociable!
They get along with kids very well. If you have a pet cat or dog, they could become best buddies too. Just remember to introduce them to your other pets slowly, and give them time to get used to each other. But if your dog has a strong prey drive, it is better not to introduce them.
Another thing to take note of is giving them a fellow ferret playmate. While it’s not essential, your ferret will be happier with a friend of its own species.
5. And playful and affectionate too.
Ferrets are amusing even when they play alone by themselves. Give them some toys to play with and they are happy! But even if that’s the case, they still need play time with their parents. While they can be contented in their cages or enclosures, they have to get out for at least four hours. It’s important that two of those are spent playing with their parent.
If you play with them and give them anything to play with, their happy meter goes up! They would then show their gratitude by being affectionate. They show it just the way cats and dogs too. They cuddle, try to wrap you in a warm hug, and jump in joy.
6. They are not nocturnal.
With a pet ferret, you won’t have to worry about waking up in the middle of the night to its noises. They sleep the best part of the day (and night) away, so you are guaranteed to have a good night’s sleep.
7. They are quiet.
Ferrets are fairly quiet. Just like how they won’t bother your sleep, they also won’t drive you crazy by being noisy. The only times they emit loud sounds are when they are hurt or when they’re scared.
8. They’re intelligent and trainable.
Owners are usually surprised at how easy it is to train a ferret. They may not seem like it but they are actually highly intelligent creatures. They can be taught to do tricks, to respond when you call their names, and even use the litter box.
They are inquisitive in nature too. They like to stick their noses into everything. They will also try to eat things they think are edible. So you have be very careful and watch out lest they eat something poisonous.
They are great exercise buddies.
It comes as a surprise to many, but yes, you can also take ferrets out for a walk. There are body harnesses and leashes available especially for ferrets. Walking them to the park would also garner you attention and start a conversation. Maybe then, you could convince your conversation partner to get a pet ferret too!
Author: Jordan Walker
Jordan is the lead content curator for Coops and Cages as well as a couple of other pet-related blogs. His passion for animals is only paired with his love for “attempting” to play the guitar. If you would like to catch more of him, you can by following his Twitter or Facebook acco