Although gorgeous, there are a few things worth considering before getting ferrets as pets.
These pets may not be the best choice for small children. When ferrets play, be aware that they often "play-bite". This is natural behavior, not aggression. Ferrets love to interact and play with their human companions, but they may not like being cuddled or restrained.
Ferrets are very inquisitive, playful, affectionate, and intelligent small animals. They make wonderful pets, but they require more care than other small mammals. Their care is more comparable to that of a cat or a dog. Although they should be in a cage when you are unable to supervise them they should be allowed out of the cage for 3-4 hours daily.
Next week: UNUSUAL PETS—FERRETS (PART TWO)
The ferrets in secret life of pets were really weird looking
I had thought that our new pet would sit still and lie on my lap while I watched TV, learn tricks and just need minimal care because it was so small. Having ferrets as pets was meant to be awesome...
It turned out that I was very, very wrong. The ferret never stopped moving, it bit us all the time, had a terrible smell which over powered our whole 1 bedroom apartment, needed our full attention while out playing (it was draining!) and the worst was that it was more attached to Doug than me!(Grrrrrrrr)The reason I am telling you this now is not because I want to make myself look like a bad ferret owner (I think I have come a very long way since those days)but I want anybody who is thinking of keeping ferrets as pets to consider a few things before making this choice.Ferrets are intelligent, curious pets who love to explore. They are very playful and will amuse you for hours with their antics. When playing, they can get so excited that they bounce into walls! However, they are also quiet animals and make ideal apartment pets.As adults, male ferrets are twice the size of females, but both sexes make equally good pets. The male ferret is called a "hob" if it is non-neutered and a "gib" if it is neutered. The female is a "jill" if non-spayed and a "sprite" if spayed. Due to the placement of the penis, male ferrets have a distinctive "belly button" even when young. Males generally tend to grow to be more settled while females tend to display more energetic qualities, but individuals vary greatly and most ferrets tend to calm with age.