• mice
  • Prepared dry foods consisting almost entirely of meat (including high-grade cat food , although specialized ferret food is increasingly available and preferable) provide the most nutritional value and are the most convenient, though some ferret owners feed pre-killed or live prey (such as mice and rabbits) to their ferrets to more closely mimic their natural diet. (wikipedia.org)
  • Yes, ferrets on a natural diet usually eat mice and chicken. (myferretpet.com)
  • polecats
  • Being so closely related to polecats, ferrets easily hybridize with them, and this has occasionally resulted in feral colonies of polecat-ferret hybrids that have caused damage to native fauna, especially in New Zealand. (wikipedia.org)
  • Whether this was a reference to ferrets, polecats, or the similar Egyptian mongoose is uncertain. (wikipedia.org)
  • rapidly
  • As with skunks , ferrets can release their anal gland secretions when startled or scared, but the smell is much less potent and dissipates rapidly. (wikipedia.org)
  • foods
  • Before much was known about ferret physiology, many breeders and pet stores recommended food like fruit in the ferret diet, but it is now known that such foods are inappropriate, and may in fact have negative ramifications on ferret health. (wikipedia.org)
  • This can make introducing new foods to an older ferret a challenge, and even simply changing brands of kibble may meet with resistance from a ferret that has never eaten the food as a kit. (wikipedia.org)
  • meat
  • If you feed your ferret a diet mainly wet / minced meat diet Your ferret will probably develop a high level of Tarter and have bad breath. (myferretpet.com)
  • Ferrets should eat only meat and fat, and should avoid grains, fruits and vegetables. (myferretpet.com)
  • You can give Nutrical and Duck Soup (which is a mixture of many meat based ingredients) for a ferret as a treat, from time to time so it will be used to them in case they get sick! (myferretpet.com)
  • years
  • It is believed that ferrets were domesticated 2,000 years ago in Europe when they were used for hunting small game or controlling rodents. (mypetsvetcenter.com)
  • problems
  • Ferrets are not immune to health problems, and should receive regular preventative health care through regular check-ups. (mypetsvetcenter.com)
  • The main point is that ferrets are carnivores and there are better things to feed your ferret than vegetables, but if you do give any fruits or vegetables, at least keep it to a very small amount, so as not to cause any problems for your ferret. (myferretpet.com)
  • usually
  • When the intact female ferret is examined, her vulva will usually be found to be swollen and enlarged, indicating persistent estrus or heat. (lifelearn-cliented.com)
  • Ferrets with the flu usually have a fever, sneeze or cough, are lethargic, have a discharge from the nose and eyes, and eat less than normal. (petcha.com)
  • however, their patience with other pets is usually very short, so a bothersome pet may irritate a ferret. (dansvilleanimalhospital.com)
  • owners
  • Because ferrets require continuous care and supervision, potential owners should evaluate their ability to commit. (mypetsvetcenter.com)
  • Enclosure - Most ferret owners opt for a spacious, multi-level enclosure that allows their pet to get ample exercise and also provides enough room for multiple ferrets should an owner decide to purchase more in the future. (dansvilleanimalhospital.com)
  • Often, pet owners lose ferrets when they scurry out front doors that were mistakenly left open, or ferrets get out of their enclosures in similar ways. (dansvilleanimalhospital.com)
  • another
  • Regulations vary by city and some cities even require pet holders to acquire a permit prior to purchasing a pet or bringing in a ferret from another city or state. (dansvilleanimalhospital.com)
  • small
  • Popular because of their small size, their playfulness, and their friendly disposition, ferrets can be great companions. (mypetsvetcenter.com)
  • Ferrets may not be the best pet for families with small children. (mypetsvetcenter.com)
  • Never leave a ferret and a small child alone together. (mypetsvetcenter.com)
  • The name "ferret" is derived from the Latin furittus , meaning "little thief", a likely reference to the common ferret penchant for secreting away small items. (wikipedia.org)
  • Ferrets have four types of teeth (the number includes maxillary (upper) and mandibular (lower) teeth) with a dental formula of 3/3 1/1 4/4 1/2: Twelve small teeth (only a couple of millimeters) located between the canines in the front of the mouth. (wikipedia.org)
  • make
  • ferret.c:297:22: error: 'struct RString' has no member named 'len' make: *** [ferret.o] Error 1 Gem files will remain installed in c:/RailsInstaller/Ruby1.9.2/lib/ruby/gems/1.9 .1/gems/ferret-0.11.6 for inspection. (ruby-forum.com)
  • Because ferrets enjoy digging, a deep dish prevents them from being able to pitch food and water everywhere and creates less opportunity for them to make a mess. (dansvilleanimalhospital.com)
  • cause
  • In adult ferrets, it can cause a chronic cough that does not respond to cough suppressants or antibiotics. (petcha.com)
  • young
  • It is therefore advisable to expose young ferrets to as many different types and flavors of appropriate food as possible. (wikipedia.org)
  • near
  • Like many other mustelids, ferrets have scent glands near their anus, the secretions from which are used in scent marking . (wikipedia.org)
  • area
  • In a very recent case, a pet ferret in the Portland, Oregon, area got the swine flu from its owner. (petcha.com)
  • hours
  • Ferrets spend 14-18 hours a day asleep and are most active around the hours of dawn and dusk, meaning they are crepuscular . (wikipedia.org)