Monday, September 8, 2008

The Fascinating World of Ferrets

Ferrets are the third most popular pet in the United States, coming in very close to dogs and cats.

Ferrets live up to about 7-10 years on average, although there have been some that have lived up to around 11 or 12 years of age.

Males usually are larger in weight and size compared to female ferrets. Although ferrets are known for having a distinct musky odor, most ferrets are descented before they are sold. Unfortunately, these furry animals will have the musky odor whether they are descented or not. However, the scent is not incredibly overpowering. It is not recommended to give frequent baths to ferrets, as this can dry out their skin and cause flaking. It is okay to give occasional baths.

Ferrets are very entertaining pets. They are extremely playful and are enjoyed by most kids and adults. As with most pets, they do require a lot of attention and care. The name "ferret" is derived from the latin furonem, which translates to "thief." Many ferret owners will tell you this name is perfect because ferrets are known to steal your items, such as keys, and hide them from you. Up for a game of hide and seek?

Unfortunately, some people who own ferrets are not aware that they need vaccinations just like cats and dogs. Canine distemper and rabies shots are the two most common vaccinations that ferrets will need, although ferrets are susceptible to other diseases as well. As always, check with your veterinarian for all vaccination protocols on your pets.

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