5 APR 2014- I would like to go in a different direction on this one and instead of talking about dogs, I would like to talk about ferrets.
Many years ago while working at a no kill animal shelter, I was introduced to my first exposure to ferrets. From the moment I laid eyes on them, I wanted one, but had to wait till I retired from the military to own one. My first ferret came from a Ferret sanctuary in Oregon in year 2001, and her name was BACALL. Fond memories of her scaring my mom was priceless. From then to 2014 I have had the honor of owning 8 of which (3) are still alive now.
My experience with ferrets are:
- excellent pets for people who have allergies from cats
-very intelligent, superior memory, but have an attention span of a gnat
-their life span is 5-8 years, although many have lived up to 10-12 years which is VERY RARE
-originally, ferrets are the domesticated form of the European Pole Cat
-ALL FERRETS BITE! It is their form of communication. Understanding different types "bites" will help an owner mange and decrease painful and unintended injuries
-ferrets are thieves((keys, jewelry, shiny things))
-RULE OF THUMB: if the head fits, the body follows
-prone to insulinoma and adrenal disease
-I do NOT recommend ferrets for: young children, "trophy" pet owners who just want something "cool" but don't spend any time with them, etc.
-ferrets are social type and do better as a pair or more((although there are cases where some ferrets prefer to be left alone))
-the list goes on......
PLEASE DO A THROUGH RESEARCH BEFORE HAVING A FERRET. They are fun, happy-go-lucky pets that will keep themselves as well as the owner very entertained and full of laughs.
GOD BLESS and very tiny paws ^5((ferret size))