catalogs logo
catalogs.com logo

Facts About Ferrets

By Editorial Staff

ferretsContributed by Info Guru Paul Seaburn

Ferrets are the third most popular pet in the US after dogs and cats.

Despite their family relation to weasels, skunks and badgers, ferrets are clean, quiet creatures, easy to take care of and fun to play with. Proper spaying or neutering adds years to their lives and descenting or spraying with a product made for ferrets removes the animal’s musky odor that most owners say isn’t that noticeable anyway. If you’re considering adopting one as a pet, here are some facts about ferrets to help you make the decision.


Before you continue reading about the Facts About Ferrets there is a special announcement we would like to share with you. Catalogs.com has negotiated special medicare rates for our vibrant community of seniors. If you are over the age of 60, you can head over to our Seniors Health Section which is full of information about medicare. All you need is your zip code and a few minutes of your time to potentially save 100s of dollars on your medicare bills.

Get Free Catalogs When You Sign Up

Don't wait, sign up and get undefined Free Shipping Offers, Discount Codes and lots of Savings Now!

10. Long history

long history

While they seem to be a recently popular pet, ferrets have actually been domesticated for 2500 years. Some speculate they were around even earlier as pictures of animals on leashes that strongly resemble ferrets have been found on the walls of ancient Egyptian tombs.

9. Sleepy

sleepy

Ferrets are crepuscular, which means they’re most active during the twilight hours of dawn and dusk. Otherwise, they sleep up to 20 hours a day.

8. By any other name

names

You can call them ferrets if you haven’t been properly introduced. Otherwise, an unspayed female ferret is called a “jill” and a spayed female is called a “sprite.” On the other side, a neutered male is a “gib” and an unneutered one is a “hob.” Lucky baby ferrets who aren’t yet old enough for the surgery are “kits.”

7. Sexing

sexing

To tell the sex of a ferret, feel for the bottom of the ribcage. If it’s a male, it will have a small opening halfway between this point and the tail. Females have an opening right below the anal opening.

6. The skinny

skinny

Depending on its size, a ferret can crawl through a hole or tunnel as small as an inch in diameter.

5. Lifespan

lifespan

The average lifespan of a ferret is 5 to 7 years, but with good health care and feeding some can reach 10. The record is about 15 years.

4. Hunting companion

hunting

British hunters chasing rabbits and other small prey used trained ferrets to flush them out of their burrows – a technique that is still practiced today.

3. Coat color

coat color

All ferret babies are born white, deaf and with their eyes closed. Their natural coloring starts coming in at about three weeks. Their eyes open and they begin to hear in about 34 days.

2. Health stats

health

A ferret’s heart beats at a very speedy 200 to 250 beats per minute. Their body temperature should be around 100 to 103 degrees Fahrenheit and they take 33 to 36 breaths per minute.

1. Thievery

thievery

Popular Savings Offers

Ferret comes from the Latin word “furonem” which means thief. Ferret owners find this fact out quickly as they love to steal small objects and hide them in their cages.

cc

Top Deals

See All

Recent Posts

Get Free Catalogs When You Sign Up

Don't wait, sign up and get undefined Free Shipping Offers, Discount Codes and lots of Savings Now!

Categories

Saving Tools

Follow Us

Logo

Since 1996, Catalogs.com has been considered the web's catalog shopping authority. Our trends experts have carefully reviewed thousands of catalogs and online stores and have featured only the most respected, distinctive, and trusted ones. From popular favorites to new discoveries, you'll shop and save with exclusive coupon codes!

Invitations for applications for insurance on Catalogs.com are made through QuoteLab, LLC and transparent.ly. Submission of your information constitutes permission for an agent to contact you with additional information about the cost and coverage details of health and auto insurance plans. Descriptions are for informational purposes only and subject to change. Insurance plans may not be available in all states. For a complete description, please call to determine eligibility and to request a copy of the applicable policy. Catalogs.com is not affiliated with or endorsed by the United States government or the federal Medicare program. By using this site, you acknowledge that you have read and agree to the Terms of Service and Privacy Policy.