Friday, January 6, 2012

Domesticated Ferrets vs. Wild Ferrets

I am often asked how pet ferrets differ from wild ferrets.

First this is a misconception and I am sure it comes from the term exotic which clumps all unusual pets into this category.

Second there is only one true wild ferret and that is the Black-footed Ferret and while the Black-Footed Ferret belongs to the Mustelidea group the sub species is nigripes.

The Black-Footed Ferret is an endangered species in North America. Ferrets that live in New Zealand are believed to be a hybrid of ferrets and polecats that were cross bred before their release in the late 1800’s to control the rabbits that had previously been imported to New Zealand and once the rabbit population was controlled these hybrids then looked for other prey which was New Zealand’s flightless birds that had no predators. For this reason ferrets are banned in New Zealand.

Domesticated ferrets love to play. They are inquisitive and will check out anything that has captured their attention. Like cats they love things that move, crinkle, rattle, and roll. Boxes, plastic bags, newspapers, balls, and baby rattles make exciting toys along with anything that might have a feather attached.

Like cats and dogs, some ferrets hate the vacuum and will run away from others will attack it or any other machine that makes a similar noise.

What else would you like to know about ferrets?

Have a Chittering Good Day,

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