Intro To Ferrets.

The Mustela putorius furo is an explorative house pet referred to as a Ferret or domestic Ferret.

Ferrets are related to other Mustelidae, such as

Mink
Weasel 
Stoat
Fisher
Otter

Mustela putorius furo is significantly genetically similar to the European polecat (Mustela putorius) as they were breed specifically from them. 

Ferrets do have similar traits to other house pets as they can be litterbox trained, learn tricks as well as recognise their owner and cage. 

Ferrets have a diet similar to cats and are often fed high protein cat food.

Ferrets can spend a large portion of the day unattended in a suitable cage but will require close supervision when out. 

Life Span Intro

8 months - sexual maturity
2 years - adult should be seen annually by a vet
4-6 years - twice yearly, this is often when health issues show up
7-10 - typical expected age 

Keep in mind every day is an adventure for a ferret so it may seem like a short time to us, but for them, they've had a very long life.

Ferrets Dietary requirements

Ferrets need food high in meat protein, as they can not use plant proteins.

We expect to food to exceed 40% protein - solely provided by meat ingredients.
We expect 20% fat.

Supplements brief overview

Ferrets full dietary requirements are not fully known and while underdosing lead to slower growth or diminished vitality over dosing can cause organ failure.

Nicknames

Some owners have come up with nicknames for when referring to ferrets. Here is a short list of some of the most popular.

Fear Rat
Cat snake
Long bear
Stretch limo hamster
Carpet shark
Floor monkey
Fuzzy sausage
Weasels
Limousine mouse
Stinky slinkies