Five Things You Never Knew About Ferrets

If you suffer from MFS (Multiple Ferret Syndrome), then chances are that you already have a ferret addiction. It's quite a normal affliction and can easily be treated by spending more time around the furry critters. If you have not yet been exposed to MFS, then there may be a lot that you don't know about ferrets.

Ferrets are members of the weasel family and can live a healthy 10-year span and usually weigh no more than 2 lbs. However, because of their relationship with weasels, many people have given ferrets a bad reputation. The terms "rodents" and "marmots" have been used to describe these friendly animals, which can show as much affection as a cat or dog.

Why Do Ferrets Get a Bad Rap?

"They Stink!"

This is very untrue, just like cats; ferrets are actually pretty good about grooming themselves. Unfortunately, they still have a bit of musk, especially if they haven't had their "glands" removed. When ferrets are de-scented, they're usually neutered or "fixed," too. Having a ferret neutered is essential to keeping a fresh smelling home.

Besides being called stinky, ferrets have another problem that they need to control. The word "ferret" is derived from the Latin word Furritus, which literally translates to "little thief." It's not uncommon for ferrets to grab little trinkets, pieces of jewelry or socks and hide them in their hangouts.

Five Fun Facts About Ferrets

Since ferrets can be a bit mischievous when they are awake, it's a good idea to keep them clean. It's not uncommon for ferrets to crawl into pillowcases, pants pockets or couch cushions, so keeping them fresh is always a good idea. Aside from being thieves, here are some other things you might not have known about ferrets:

  • Weasel War Dancers: A ferret invoked to do a "weasel war dance" may look like a drunk at the nightclub. For centuries, ferrets have used their dance to transfix their prey before they attack. However, many pet owners see their furry friends do a little dance when they see a toy they like, too. It's basically them going into a flopping frenzy.
  • Construction Workers: Ferrets loves to crawl in tight space. Simply place a piece of tubing in the room and watch them scurry for it. Because of their burrowing instincts, ferrets have been used to run wire in Boeing airplanes and cables at Buckingham Palace!
  • Intense Sleepers: Ferrets and sloths have one thing in common: they both adore sleep. A fully-grown ferret will spend up to 18 hours a day sleeping, and even when they are awake it's common to watch them yawn and stretch before they get ready for their next nap.
  • Egyptian Pets: Everyone knows the Egyptians loved their cats, but some ferret-like creatures have been found in the tombs of royalty, too. The bodies were buried with their owners along with leashes, which makes historians believe that they were some of the first domesticated pets.
  • Teaspoon Babies: Ferrets quickly grow to their mature weight of 2lbs, but before that they are incredibly small. A baby ferret is tiny enough to fit inside a teaspoon!

As you can see, ferrets are a bit different than most pets. Yet, so are many of their owners. Paris Hilton and other celebrities have jumped at the chance to own ferrets because of their eccentric behavior and it seems like many other animal lovers are jumping on board, too!

If you're looking for some fun gifts for your ferret, be sure to ask the pet experts at by calling 800-957-5753. The animal lovers are more than happy to answer any questions about any of the pet products that we carry in our catalogue.

By Sean Bowes
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