Top 25 Ferret Facts

Top 25 Ferret Facts

  • 1 #DidYouKnow? FERRETS have different names, an unspayed female is a ‘jill’ and an unspayed male is a ‘sprite’.
  • 2 #DidYouKnow? FERRETS live for an average of 6 to 7 years but have know to live a bit longer.
  • 3 #DidYouKnow? FERRETS are actually members on the ‘mink’ family.
  • 4 #DidYouKnow? FERRETS are born deaf and it takes them anywhere up to 24 days to start hearing anything.
  • 5 #DidYouKnow? FERRETS names were actually derived from the latin furonem, which means ‘thief’
  • 6 #DidYouKnow? FERRETS do not claw, or chew furniture (like other pets) and they barely make any noise at all.
  • 7 #DidYouKnow? FERRETS have an average litter size of around 8 kits but this can range from 1 – 18 kits.
  • 8 #DidYouKnow? FERRETS can squeeze through holes that are just over 2.5 cm in diameter.
  • 9 #DidYouKnow? FERRETS are banned as pets in Queensland & Northern Territory. You must have a licence in ACT & Victoria to own them.
  • 10 #DidYouKnow? FERRETS barely cause any allergies to humans and those allergic to dogs & cats will seldom be allergic to ferrets.
  • 11 #DidYouKnow? FERRETS that are male tend to be a bit larger than the females. Both in length and in weight.
  • 12 #DidYouKnow? FERRETS have earned a lot of nicknames over the years: ferts, fuzzies, carpet sharks and furballs.
  • 13 #DidYouKnow? FERRETS do sleep for a large part of the day. They generally sleep around 18 hours a day.
  • 14 #DidYouKnow? FERRETS that are in a group is known as a ‘business’.
  • 15 #DidYouKnow? FERRETS are ALL born with white fur and a baby ferret is called a ‘kit’
  • 16 #DidYouKnow? FERRETS can fit into a teaspoon when they are newly born.
  • 17 #DidYouKnow? FERRETS have been domesticated for thousands of years, Egyptian tombs even have pictures of them on the walls.
  • 18 #DidYouKnow? FERRETS can very very easily be toilet (litter) trained but note that ‘close enough’ counts to a ferret.
  • 19 #DidYouKnow? FERRETS can sleep so deadly that by picked them up or jostling them, they still won’t wake or stir.
  • 20 #DidYouKnow? FERRETS were originally introduced to Australia by settlers who used them to catch rats and rabbits.
  • 21 #DidYouKnow? FERRETS never got ‘feral’ or ‘wild’ as a loose ferret actually would struggle to survive 4 days in the wild.
  • 22 #DidYouKnow? FERRETS have relatively poor eyesight but compliment that with a rich sense of smell and hearing.
  • 23 #DidYouKnow? FERRETS are not territorial at all and are easy to introduce them to dogs & cats.
  • 24 #DidYouKnow? FERRETS do not have a fear of humans, as some other animals need to get used to humans being around.
  • 25 #DidYouKnow? FERRETS have a tendency to crawl and find small / dark spaces to sleep, so always keep an eye on them.
  • 26 #DidYouKnow? FERRETS are carnivores and can very easily replicate the diet that a cat has.

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