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We recently had a new ferrety type addition to our family and before we got our little Morris I decided to read up on ferrets (I know the basics, just wanted something that covered everything a bit more in depth). I looked on amazon for ferret care books and this one had quite good stars compared to some of the others so I figured it was worth a go.
'The essential ferret' is a short (96 page) colour guide to owning and caring for a ferret. Print quality is good despite the pages being on the thin side.
The first page gives an interesting list of information about ferrets such as life span, closest relatives and name origin. From here the book is divided into chapters with various subsections eg. the chapter on health is further divided into sections on neutering, common diseases, first aid etc. This is really handy for quick referencing but it is important to note that due to the overall length of this book and the range of information that it covers, it subsequently does not go that in depth for any one issue - if you need more specific information then you'll need to look elsewhere (at the back of the book is a list of resources).
I read this book in one day and found that it contained lots of useful information, but in all honesty not that much more than I already knew. However to someone coming to ferrets for the first time, this will prove very informative. It's also very useful to flick back through to quickly reference specific information such as feeding issues.
There were a couple of areas I felt this book was lacking in information - it needed more concerning appropriate toys (ferrets will eat pretty much anything so some toys are dangerous as they will chew them and get bits stuck in their intestines) and some information about natural diets. One other thing that I found a little annoying is that this book was written in the US and therefore it contains certain information that is only relevant if you are in America - for example it mentions vaccinating against rabies of which there has only been one reported case in the UK in over 100years (in a person not a ferret) so most vets wouldn't vaccinate against this. Amazon gives no indication that this is a US publication.
Aside from the above points this is a very handy book and I would recommend it to anyone considering getting a pet ferret, or possibly to a more experienced owner who just wants a quick reference book.
Price wise the RRP is £4.50, Amazon are selling it for £4.28 with free postage.