Ferret Facts For Kids and Adults—
An Intro to Ferrets
Although some sources report ferrets may become the third most popular pet in the United States, many people don’t know much about them. The list of 20 facts below serve as an intro to ferrets–for kids and adults.
- The word “ferret” comes from the Latin word “furo” which means “thief”.
- The ferret is the domesticated form of the European polecat, a cousin of the mink, weasel and otter.
- As early as 300 B.C., ancient Romans used ferrets to drive away rats and to find rabbits, which the Romans used for food.
- Queen Elizabeth owned a ferret which she posed with in one of her portraits.
- Young ferrets are called kits.
- A group of young ferrets is called a litter.
- A group of ferrets is called a business.
- Ferrets can live 15 years, or more, but most live between 6 and 8 years.
- When kits are born, they cannot see or hear–it usually takes 3 weeks for them to gain sight and hearing.
- Kits are born pink and gain their coat color at about 3 weeks of age.
- Ferrets coats come in many colors and patterns–from albino to black, with many variations in between.
- A ferret’s coat can change colors–often getting lighter in winter and darker in summer.
- Ferrets molt in Spring and Fall.
- As ferrets age, some or much of their fur can turn gray or white.
- Ferrets are very social and playful animals and require at least several hours of play and interaction each day.
- Ferrets make a variety of sounds, including chuckling, hissing and screaming.
- When a ferret feels frightened or threatened, he may fluff up his tail to appear larger and more dangerous and may release a musky scent from his scent glands.
- Ferrets can sleep 15-20 hours per day–usually about 4 hours at a time.
- Ferrets require a meat based protein diet.
- Ferrets can be trained to use a litter box.
Now that you have had an intro to ferrets, want to learn more?
Thinking of adding a ferret to your family?
Then, read some of the other articles on this site for even more helpful tips and information.
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