Newest Review: ... pet ferret as generally a hunting ferret is handled a lot more than a pet one. Ferrets are classed as an exotic pet here in the UK and ve... more
Author Name: FerretRehomingTrust
Advantages: Cute, unique, intelligent, fun, good at hunting, just good in general
Disadvantages: Incorrect treatment, handling, living conditions can create a whole lot of problems, expensive
Yes, this is going to be all about Ferrets.
I've read a few of the reviews on here and some seem good...
I'm sure you all know by now that Ferrets are decendants from the Polecat and were first domesticated almost 200 years ago for hunting purposes. They are fast, slender, intelligent and cute animals and do make some of the best pets.
Many people believe them to be vicious, biting, smelly animals but I have 6 that prove otherwise.
A recent study showed that hunting fererts (yes, ones that kill those cute bunny rabbits) are less likely to bite than your common pet ferret as generally a hunting ferret is handled a lot more than a pet one.
Ferrets are classed as an exotic pet here in the UK and very few vets have knowledge of them - So do some hunting for a 'ferret savvy' vet. (visit www.britishferretclub.org.uk for a list of ferret savvy vets all around the UK) Ferrets do get Canine Distemper, and don't think that because you don't have a dog your ferret wont get it. It will as Canine Distemper can be transmitted on your clothes, shoes etc. Although vaccination is advised, some ferrets do have reactions as the vaccine used in the UK is not designed for ferrets - its designed for dogs and a recent outbreak of the Canine Distemper Virus proved that this unlicenced one does not protect ferrets. (A ferret rescue center lost 210 ferrets in the period of 3 weeks to a Canine Distemper outbreak) A good vet would try to import a vaccine from the USA to use on your ferret although this will cost you more - their is less chance of the ferret having an allergic reaction and more chance of it actually being protected.
Please do not impulse buy a ferret.... they require a lot of attention especially if living alone. (This is how I got 5 of mine and two were given to me at just 2 weeks old because the owner decided it would be a good idea to breed her jill not knowing how many ferret kits she would have)
If you really want a ferret - go to a re-homing or rescue center where you'll be able to find a ferret that suits you perfectly. Well tamed, litter trained etc. And if you are a first time owner - They'll be able to give you a lot of information.
If not and you'd like some inso on different ferret diseases, illnesses, general health care etc you can email me your questions at: firstname.lastname@example.org
I'm a ferret owner of 6, work with a further 56, training to be a vet that specialises in ferrets and I'm a student vet nurse.
Summary: Good pets if you do your research
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