Did you know that in the United States, ferrets are the third most popular house pets, next to dogs and cats? Well, I didn’t know that, did you?
Here in Canada, we don’t have such a study and since most ferrets are kept indoors, I really have no idea. I had seen a couple of ferrets playing in the park and, that ferret that the owner was proudly walking on a leash in downtown Toronto recently. But that’s it.
Ferrets, I just learned, are very playful animals. They are hyper… I mean, they are full of spirit. They explode out of their cages at play time, leaping and twisting and scampering, with an obvious joy that to the people observing them find totally enchanting. They open their mouth and hiss (like in the picture) when they are being playful and when bouncing around and so, some people might think they are being attacked. But this is not so. Ferrets are friendly little animals, very affectionate to their owners and, they are wonderful pets.
So, who wants a ferret for a pet?
Oh I just want to add that ferrets are not rodents. They are members of the weasel family. I don’t know if that is good or bad… to the ferrets.
Please note that the ferret in the picture was not at any time being hurt. The “Help!” word on the picture is a joke, ok? I have a weird sense of humor.