There are several different animals that resemble domestic, pet ferrets. Stoats, Polecats, Weasels, Pine Martins, Black-Footed Ferrets all have a long slender body, long tail, long neck, and small, flat triangle shaped heads with round ears. Black-Footed Ferrets (Mustela nigripes) are the only Wild Ferret. Pet Ferrets (Mustela putorius furo) are domesticated descendents of European ferrets (Mustela putorius), sometimes called polecats.
Are there different types of ferrets? While cats and dogs come in many breeds, the domestic ferret is a single breed. Unlike the black-footed ferret, the domestic ferret does not have one standard color or coat pattern. Like cats and dogs, ferrets can have a variety of different colors and coat patterns.
You may have thought that veterinary pet insurance is only for cats and dogs. It’s true, most pet insurance is. But what about your ferret children?
Veterinary visits can be quite expensive and the bills can really add up. Plus, most vets require payment up front. It may not be much of a financial burden for your ferret’s routine visits, but what if she gets sick or hurt? What if there is an emergency or she needs surgery or treatment for a chronic condition? I have spent thousands of dollars in vet bills within a few years due to sick ferrets. Ferret parents need the financial assistance of pet insurance too. Too many ferret parents are faced with the decision of putting a ferret down due to costly vet bills.
But it doesn’t have to be that way. I have discovered that it is possible to get veterinary pet insurance for ferrets! And it doesn’t need to be cost prohibitive. This insurance is Pet Assure. Continue reading Veterinary Pet Insurance
Kibble is the standard ferret food. But, as carnivores, ferrets need a meat-based protein diet for optimal health.
Wysong has developed several ferret foods with this in mind. Two of these are Wysong Ferret Epigen 90 Digestive Supportand Wysong Ferret Epigen 90. There has been some confusion because of the similar names.
Wysong Ferret Epigen 90 Digestive Support is the original Wysong Ferret Epigen kibble remarketed. The newer version, Wysong Ferret Epigen 90 is more concentrated. It has more protein and more fat. That should be a good thing; however, it is too rich for some ferrets and can cause digestive problems. The original version, now called Wysong Ferret Epigen 90 Digestive Support contains soluble fiber, and an enhanced pre-biotics that helps to support digestive health and stool consistency. Wysong itself suggests starting ferrets out on the Epigen 90 Digestive Support formula before trying the new Epigen 90. Continue reading Wysong Ferret Food–Epigen 90 Digestive Support Review
Have you ever wanted to take your ferret with you but wondered the best way to carry her?
Quite a few years ago, I decided to take my ferret, Chantile, on a several hour Greyhound bus ride. I was visiting a friend for a few days and didn’t want to leave her behind. I was in graduate school and didn’t have much money so I had to make do with what I had to carry her in.
Of course animals are not allowed on the bus, so I had to be sure she was not seen (or heard). I didn’t have a ferret pet carrier (or any type of pet carrier)so I used a regular nylon carry-on bag. That was an adventure!
Since she couldn’t see out and didn’t know what was going on, she kept scratching at the bag, trying to get out. Well, you know how persistent ferrets can be! On the quiet bus someone was sure to hear her. So I unzipped the bag a little and stuck my hand in. That’s all it took. She just needed reassurance that I was there. I kept my hand in there the whole trip.
There are now an extensive number of pet carriers, many made for small pets such as ferrets. But just because they may say they are for ferrets (and chinchillas and rabbits and…), doesn’t mean they are a good choice. There are 2 specific ferret pet carriers that many ferret parents find work well for ferret travel. I share them with you below. Continue reading Ferret Pet Carrier
Ferrets and cats, just like other animals (and people) have different personalities. One cat might be best buddies with one cat and hiss and fight with another.
A Ferret’s Point of View
Ferrets view people, other ferrets, and other animals in a variety of ways. But primarily as a playmate. As a carefree and fearless pet, ferrets above all love to play. Ferrets can play very hard, and without meaning to, could harm another pet.
Another way ferrets may see another pet, such as a cat, is as an enemy. A fearful ferret will defend himself if he feels cornered. A jealous ferret might act aggressively toward a cat if you aren’t paying enough attention to him.
A Cat’s Point of View
Cats view people as their servants and other pets as either toys, prey, predators or rivals. Cats may see small ferret kits as a new toy to play with or as a tasty snack! Cats are also territorial and may see a ferret as an intruder to his territory, which he must defend. Some cats will also become jealous if they are not getting the attention they demand. Any one of these characteristics may cause a cat to potentially hurt a ferret.
You want to take a vacation. But what about your pet?
Some pets you may be able to take with you. But do you want to?
Some pets just are not suited for travel. Some pets you can’t easily put in a kennel.
And what if you have multiple pets? Boarding 2 dogs is doable, but the cost can really add up–you may pay more to board them each night than you are paying for your own hotel room! What if you have a dog, a cat and a bird? or a chicken and a goat? What if you have 3 ferrets? It can get a bit complicated and expensive.
Are you wondering what to name your furry little boy? Don’t settle for a common pet name such as Fuzzy, or a boy’s name like Charlie. Whether you base his name on his looks or his personality, this list is full of ideas. I have compiled a list of 20 Ferret Names for you to consider for your male ferret. Continue reading Ferret Names–Males
Your girl ferret is unique. She has her own look and her own personality. She deserves a name that the suits her perfectly. I have comprised a list of Girl Ferret Names that are appropriate for these delightful creatures. I hope you will find one that is perfect for your furry friend. Continue reading Girl Ferret Names–20 Names for Female Ferrets