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A Guide To Ferrets

Updated on January 18, 2008

First things first: What is a Ferret?

The ferret is a member of the Mustelidae family which includes: european polecat, otter, skunk, mink, weasles, badger, wolverine and a few others. It's also important to mention what a ferret is not. A ferret is not a rat! There are many people that will call them rats or tell you they are in the rat family, this is completely false!

General Ferret Information

The average lifespan of a ferret is anywhere from 6-10 years. It is, however, uncommon to find ferrets older than 6.

Ferrets are expensive. Not only are they expensive to buy, they are expensive to maintain. The average cost of a ferret is anywhere from $100-$300. Then you need a large cage (no little rabbit cage will do) and you can add $150+, depending on how nice of a model you want to get, to the price of the ferret itself. The ferret also needs high quality foods, which aren't cheap, and toys to keep them entertained. They will also need bedding. No, not pine chips or other such bedding. I'm talking about hammocks, sleep sacks, blankets, etc. They like to be comfortable like we people do.

They also need vet care. This can get expensive as ferrets are prone to a wide variety of diseases and ailments.

Ferrets come in a variety of colors, and no one color is better than another. They're just colors. You'll find the classic sable, albino, black eyed white, chocolate, champagne, and assorted other colors.

A Few of My Furry Friends

Carrot the Ferret (at the Bridge)
Carrot the Ferret (at the Bridge)
Carrot the Ferret (at the Bridge)
Carrot the Ferret (at the Bridge)
Carrot the Ferret (at the Bridge)
Carrot the Ferret (at the Bridge)
Peedie and Kit-Kat (Sisters)
Peedie and Kit-Kat (Sisters)

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    • charaber profile image

      charaber 9 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Loved the pics of your ferrets. check out my ferrets and their adventures.

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      candicelee 9 years ago

      nice hub! love your pics, my ferrets arn't very photogenic lol

    • teeray profile image

      teeray 9 years ago from Canada

      Great pics!

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      For Carrot 9 years ago

      Thank you for this "hub", it's great! :)