Thinking about getting a ferret?? Already have one?? Education is a big part of our club, and on this page you will find some of the information we know.
- The word “ferret” means “thief” in latin.
- Ferrets belong to the Mustelidae family, which includes weasels, polecats, minks, martens, fishers, wolverines, otters, and badgers.
- Ferrets are “obligate” carnivores. This means they can only eat meat. They require a high protein, high fat diet.
- Ferrets have a lifespan of 6-10 years. This varies a lot by diet and hereditary reasons.
- Male ferrets can weigh between 2.5 and 5 lbs. Females weigh between 1-3 lbs. Both can be between 14-22 inches long, although males tend to be a little bit larger out of the two sexes.
- A ferret can reach their full size in 6 months.
- A ferret will spend most of the day sleeping. When they are awake, they are very playful and active.
- Ferrets were originally used for hunting rabbit and other small creatures. However, the domesticated ferret of today can not survive outdoors, and can be easily killed by cats or dogs.
- Ferrets were used extensively throughout Europe from the early 1300’s. Some historical documents set that date much earlier. Ferrets were not brought to the New World until the 1700’s. They were very rare as pets until the 1980’s.
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