Domestic ferret, scientific name: Mustela putorius furo. What does it mean? "Stinking thief". Thief, because it hides the food, smelly because, if not sterilized, as we will see later, it gives off a bad smell. Yet the domestic ferret it is a very coveted animal and, used for centuries to be with us humans, so much so that it hardly survives in nature.
Abandon a domestic ferret it almost certainly means condemning him to certain death. He often gets into trouble, even at home you have to keep an eye on him like an eternal 2-year-old child, but, by the way, he gets along well with children. Just let them both understand how not to get bitten.
The domestic ferret it is not a rodent it is carnivorous and belongs to the category of mustelids such as the otter, the weasel, the skunk, the mink, the marten, the badger, the sable and the ermine.
The size of the domestic ferret they vary a lot, the largest are those bred for the company: they reach 60 cm, including the tail. Less domesticated colleagues, bred for hunting, are smaller, only 40 cm, and thick they are sold as domestic ferrets of dwarf species. As for weight, females range from 700 grams to 1.3 kg, males from 1 to 2.3 kg.
The appearance of the domestic ferret he is elongated, his physique is slender, made on purpose to slip into burrows, and also in all gates that we accidentally leave open in the house: maximum risk of escape! Warning! The muzzle of the domestic ferret it is pointed with rounded ears covered with hair and two lively and round eyes: black or dark brown, red only in albinos.
Always round, the nose can be of various colors, from pink to black, depending on the color of the coat of the domestic ferret which is made up of longer, darker hairs and a lighter, thinner undercoat. The tail is long and bushy, the legs are short and each has five toes. Being a carnivore, the domestic ferret has very developed and sharp teeth, especially the canines. There are 34 in total.
The domestic ferret is a balanced, and wild, middle ground between dog and cat. Of the first, there is the friendly and playful side: the domestic ferret he is extremely sociable and is very fond of humans and the whole family he joins. Left alone in the house for a long time, he suffers visibly, and just like a dog, if a little trained, he recognizes his name and runs as soon as we call him.
And the feline part of the domestic ferret? Here it is: this animal dirties in the sand, plays with balls and similar trinkets, sleeps in baskets with warm clothes. Luckily, the cat hasn't got into the habit of sharpening its nails on carpets and furniture.
A bit feline, like a big cat, is also the propensity of domestic ferret to sleep many hours a day and, if the cat is at risk of scratching, with children, the domestic ferret, it is of bites. Nothing serious, but it is still not pleasant, better not to let them play without supervision, at least not immediately, not before they have taken each other's measures. Otherwise, it's better to fold a nice, soft and toothless stuffed animal. Also almost life size: 32 cm.
In addition to a big commitment to check where he needs and try to educate him, the domestic ferret he also needs to be watched a lot because he tends to dig and he doesn't mind making disasters. In flower boxes, in gardens, but also at home: he is unaware of the dangers that threaten and combines them like a child who has learned to crawl and wanders curiously around the rooms. It should be kept on a leash!
Uncontainable and unconscious, the domestic ferret he cannot independently take care of his own safety, he is bold and it is we who must provide to equip the house to prevent escapes. Not only that: also pay attention to household appliances (washing machines, dishwashers, refrigerators, in which you can easily sneak), to doors and doors, to foreign bodies around that could be ingested by our domestic ferret. Ditto for toxic substances and that he also stays away from windows or balconies: he is bold, but the force of gravity does not forgive.
All this does not mean that the domestic ferret it is not a cage animal. A few hours, okay, if we go out or at night, but in general it would be better to always have an enclosure or a room dedicated to him. If it is a cage it must be spacious, in height more than in width, and well furnished. So, in addition to the essential box for the needs, it is necessary to make the domestic ferret at ease, setting up kennels, bowls for food and water and any pastimes such as pipes they like to slip into.
In general, a cage can cost from 100 to 200 euros, without attics but very welcoming. There are also those with a lot of fence, a good compromise for those who do not want to keep it too free, loose cannon, at home. ..
As mentioned at the beginning, the domestic ferret, thief yes, for food - nothing has to do with the magpie! - but it's mostly smelly. This characteristic is linked to para-anal glands that secrete a substance with a pungent and unpleasant smell when the animal is strongly frightened or excited, perhaps from playing or cuddling.
Removing them is a totally useless operation and can cause serious damage to your health. The intervention to be done, also for other reasons of overpopulation, is the sterilization. Done that, within a month or two on domestic ferret little by little it will smell less and less until it emanates only its typical musky smell.
It is possible to intervene, it is recommended to do it on both the male and the female. making apply on ours domestic ferret from a specialized veterinarian the deslorelin plant that chemically sterilizes and castrates the ferret. It is a subcutaneous microchip with hormonal release, this avoids invasive and irreversible intervention. To carry it, there are very comfortable hammocks to use for leisure and travel. Odorless.
Established that the "stink" problem is more than solvable, and that the domestic ferret is a very nice animal, even if sometimes unmanageable, let's talk about the price. On average the domestic ferret costs from 130 to 200 euros, if purchased at a pet shop, a little less if in a breeding but if it is the well-known Marshall, American "series" breeding, the price reaches and surpasses 400 euros.
You will have understood that the domestic ferret it's not exactly cheap, yet it continues to be successful. To make hers vary a lot price are the presence of the mandatory microchip, age and sex. Pedigree is also very important: no blue blood, no nobility or caste, simply if we meet a domestic ferret son of relatives, is weaker.
Bought the domestic ferret, the shopping is not over, there is the price of sterilization, a few hundred euros, and then vaccinations and reminders. Tens of euros that go away. And who feeds him?
Let's not forget that it is carnivorous and if we want to do things properly, it must be given fresh meat, at least alternating with treats, but always frequently. The meat of rabbit, quail, chicken, turkey, duck is recommended, eggs are also good, but not good, all sources of sugar, cereals, fruit.
The metabolism of the domestic ferret it is not suitable for processing them, ditto with fibers. If you are unable to integrate dry food with fresh meat, you can fall back on a mixture of meat-based crunchies with a minimum dose of carbohydrates but never cereals. never fruit.
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