Fuzzy Long Snake Friends
Loki is my first ferret
After having Loki for 3 years we got Bear on a whim and they're such good buddies.
|Ferret Diet||Ferrets are obligate carnivores. The natural diet of their wild ancestors consisted of whole small prey—i.e., meat, organs, bones, skin, feathers, and fur.||Ferrets have short digestive systems and quick metabolism, so they need to eat frequently.|
|Behavior||Ferrets spend 14–18 hours a day asleep and are most active around the hours of dawn and dusk, meaning they are crepuscular.||Like many other mustelids, ferrets have scent glands near their anus, the secretions from which are used in scent marking.||Unlike their polecat ancestors, which are solitary animals, most ferrets will live happily in social groups.|
|Health||Ferrets are known to suffer from several distinct health problems. Among the most common are cancers affecting the adrenal glands, pancreas, and lymphatic system. Viral diseases include canine distemper and influenza. Health problems can occur in unspayed females when not being used for breeding.|
|History||In common with most domestic animals, the original reason for ferrets being domesticated by human beings is uncertain, but it may have involved hunting.||According to phylogenetic studies, the ferret was domesticated from the European polecat (Mustela putorius), and likely descends from a North African lineage of the species.|
For millennia, the main use of ferrets was for hunting, or ferreting. With their long, lean build, and inquisitive nature, ferrets are very well equipped for getting down holes and chasing rodents, rabbits and moles out of their burrows. Caesar Augustus sent ferrets or mongooses (named "viverrae" by Plinius) to the Balearic Islands to control the rabbit plagues in 6 BC.In England, in 1390, a law was enacted restricting the use of ferrets for hunting to the relatively wealthy
Ferrets as Pets
In the United States, ferrets were relatively rare pets until the 1980s. A government study by the California State Bird and Mammal Conservation Program estimated that by 1996 about 800,000 domestic ferrets were being kept as pets in the United States. Like many household pets, ferrets require a cage. For ferrets, a wire cage at least 18 inches long and deep and 30 inches wide or longer is needed. Ferrets cannot be housed in environments such as an aquarium because of the poor ventilation. It is preferable that the cage have more than one level but this is not crucial. Usually 2 to 3 different shelves are used.
Ferrets were once banned in many US states, but most of these laws were rescinded in the 1980s and 1990s as they became popular pets. Ferrets are still illegal in California under Fish and Game Code Section 2118 and the California Code of Regulations, although it is not illegal for veterinarians in the state to treat ferrets kept as pets. In November 1995, ferret proponents asked the California Fish and Game Commission to remove the domesticated ferret from the restrictive wildlife list.
Loki ♥ Bear
I love my buddies!