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Curious Creatures: The Beauty Of Owning A Ferret

When it comes to getting ourselves or our children a pet, most of us think of a playful puppy or fuzzy kitty, but chances are few of us think about "adopting" a ferret. Yet, according to experts these curious creatures are quite fun-loving and lovable. Not to mention that they adapt fairly well to apartment living making them "ideal" if you're looking for a pet that's easy to take care of.

Furthermore, the domestic ferret is adorned by opulent fur, which varies in color from off-white to dark brown. There are also albino ferrets whose white fur fades to yellow over time and with age. And, some recent cross breeding offers a "new" breed of silver-furred ferrets.

However, experts note that taking care of a ferret does require a bit more understanding and work than with your "average" pet. Unlike a cat or dog, a ferret cannot be left unsupervised and requires a substantially sized cage (allowing the animal to roam around comfortable while you are at work).

Experts also suggest ensuring that the litter box is solid and securely attached to the floor of the cage so that it doesn't accidentally get knocked over while the ferret is "exploring" and playing.

Ferrets do also need time to roam free. In fact, experts recommend at least on hour of supervised exercise daily. But, they suggest airing on the side of caution, since their curious nature can cause them to go exploring or to wander off and potentially getting hurt. Also, because they are relatively small and lightweight they can easily burrow into small spaces, urging experts to suggest keeping a keen eye out on your pet's activities, as well as covering up any holes, cracks, or other crevices and small spaces.

Ferrets, under the proper care and supervision can live to be 10 years old. Experts remind ferret owners (or want-to-be owners) that ferrets are carnivores and should be fed high quality, dry cat food. Also, they should occasionally be offered small chunks of veggies or fruit, and bathed once a week using a mild shampoo. And, don't forget to clip the claws periodically.

Finally, find a good vet and remember to keep up with regular visits and annual check-ups.