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It’s been stated that (unique pets) ferrets were first
domesticated by ancient Egyptians, but since there have not been any mummified ferret remains found or any
hieroglyphics of ferrets on tomb walls, this does include that no wild Pole-cats have been found in the area
either, so, ferrets in Egypt is highly unlikely.
Ferrets are related to the Pole-cat and it is not clear whether it is
a domesticated form of the European Pole-cat, the Steppe Pole-cat, or even the United Kingdom Pole-cat, where
rabbits are considered a species plaguing farmers. With their long, lean bodies, ferrets are well equipped for
getting down holes to chase rodents and rabbits out of their burrows.
In 6 BC, Caesar Augustus sent ferrets or mongooses to the Balearic
Islands to control the rabbit plague. But, this practice is illegal in several countries, so as the eco system will
not be unbalanced by the ferrets.
In the 17th century, ferrets were introduced to the New World and used
in America at the start of World War II, to protect from rodents that tried to invade grain stores.
Up until 1980s, ferrets were rare pets in the United States. Ferrets
have become even more popular since 1996.
Ferrets sleep 14 to 16 hours a day and are more active during dusk and
dawn. When ferrets are awake, they are extremely active, energetic and curious. They investigate every bit of their
When a ferret plays, humans beware, their play involves hide and seek
games, or a form of predator / prey game - where the ferret chases the human or the human chases the
Ferrets hoard small objects in furniture, holes and crevices. These
small items may include toys, keys, socks, silverware, sponges, paper rolls, video game controllers, pencils,
glasses, dog food, jewelry and many other small items. Ferrets can become attached to special things like cat / dog
squeaky toys and take them to their favorite hiding / sleeping spots.
When ferrets get excited, they do what is called a “Weasel War Dance”,
this is a dance of frenzied sideways hops. They also do a “Clucking Noise” commonly referred to as ‘Dooking’. This
‘Dooking’ is used in playing or expressions of happiness and is not threatening. In this expressive manner, the
ferret’s posture becomes rigid, with its mouth open wide. Its head is moving from side to side along with the body,
with its back arched. Ferrets often become so excited doing the “war dance” that they hop into objects or trip over
their own feet.
Ferrets, like cats, can be litter trained. But, it is a good idea to
have a few litter boxes around the house.
Ferrets can be fed with commercial (unique pets) ferret foods
or they can be fed with kitten or adult cat food, because of the high metabolism in ferrets, they need to be geared
more towards a cat’s metabolism.
Also, ferret owners need to be very “ferret house-hold” aware. Ferrets
are curious little beings and can get into trouble anywhere and everywhere. So, as with children, “ferret-proof”
your home, your garage and your shed.
Also, ferrets are fearless, purchase an H-harness to keep it safe on a
leash while it is outside with you, so you won’t lose him or her in the bushes or in the road.
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