What exactly is a Ferret?
The domestic ferret (Mustela Putorius Furo) is a small furry mammal from the Mustelidae family. By nature, ferrets are very curious, energetic, funny and lovable. Years ago ferrets were used as hunting companions in a sport called ferreting. Today this practice is illegal in the US and ferrets are now owned mainly as household pets. Ferrets are carnivores (meat-eaters), and require a diet high in meat-based protein and fat. Adult females weigh an average of 1 to 3 pounds and males weigh 3 to 5 pounds. Their average life span is 5 to 8 years when properly cared for. Baby ferrets are called "kits." Adult females are called "jills," and males are called "hobs". Spayed females are known as "sprites" and males as "gibs". Your ferret has already been neutered and descented. Neutering helps avoid serious health complications that may occur as ferrets mature. Descenting helps reduce the odor traditionally associated with ferrets.
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