These mammals have recently become increasingly domesticated, living side by side with humans, like cats and dogs. In fact, ferrets have appeared as pets in a human house for quite some time, helping us. A new wave of popularity came in the late 70’s.
Breeding ferrets for a home grown fond in America and Europe. But about this domestic beast, unusual for many, there are several myths. It is these prejudices that prevent you from starting such cute and curious pets. Therefore, the myths about ferrets and must be debunked.
Ferrets are rodents.
For some reason, many people are firmly convinced of this. In fact, the genus of ferrets, in the Latin Mustela, belongs to the family of kunyas, as well as caresses, mink, otters, badgers. This family in general is the most numerous in the number of species and genera in the order of predators. A ferret is a pronounced predator, in a natural environment it eats small rodents, frogs, insects and even birds. It is on the basis of accounting for this and should form a diet of ferrets at home. It is worth picking products of animal origin.
Ferrets, even those born in the home, are wild and spiteful creatures.
Some people believe that it is not worth keeping wild animals at home, this makes them evil. In fact, it is worth knowing that in domesticated conditions contain special, domesticated ferrets. They are also called frets. Such animals can in no case be compared to wild ferrets that live in the forest. Frets can not exist without a man, even if such a ferret escapes, being in a wild environment, he will live there no more than a week. In general, ferrets are perfectly domesticated, so that these skills develop better, the young ones are even put to cats. As a result, animals become very attached to their masters, respond to their nickname, go and sit on their hands with pleasure. Some ferrets even try to look after their masters – lick them in the face. Nevertheless, you should not buy ferrets in unverified places. In fact there is a risk to come across an animal from fur farm. From it to make already home affectionate pet it will be very difficult.
Perhaps this is the main myth about ferrets. In fact, it is worth dividing the two kinds of odors from these creatures. The first is the ferret’s scent in the race. If further breeding of ferrets is not planned, then the smell can be disposed of by castration. The second type of smell in the people is called “fnyalalkoy.” It is produced by the prianal glands of the animal. The smell is slightly muscular, but not strong. It is quite possible to get used to it. They say that after releasing the jet, the ferret can kill all the hens in the henhouse, this, of course, is not the case. In addition, the smell is not persistent and well weathered, but it intensifies in moments of fear and excitement. Ferrets need to periodically cleanse these glands, then, being in quiet conditions next to a person, they will gradually become unaccustomed to this ability, given by nature. Some veterinarians offer a simple operation to remove such glands. True, this kind of intervention is in any case carried over to the animals hard, this is clearly not the best solution. Also, the ferret has glands under the eyes, they can not be removed. But if the animal is washed at least once a month, then the smell from it will almost certainly not be.
Frets, or domestic ferrets, are the same as Honorics.
It is necessary to understand this issue. Honorik is a hybrid between a ferret male and a female European mink. The name of the new creature was derived from the words “ho” from the ferret and “burrows” from the mink. In captivity, the Honoriki were first introduced at the experimental base of the Biological Institute in Novosibirsk in 1978. Sometimes Honorics can be found even in the wild. According to its external characteristics, a chinoric looks more like a mink, and from a ferret he only takes ears. They are larger than the mink and are framed by a light stripe. By nature, this hybrid is quite aggressive and hard to tame.Experiments on the crossing of two genera were carried out for the sake of the fur of the Honorics, which turned out to be of a qualitative quality, exceeding in this indicator the parents. In the 1980s, an attempt was made to breed the Honorics on an industrial scale, but the idea turned out to be so complicated that it did not come true.
Ferrets often get rabies.
In fact, since 1958, there have been only 12 cases of rabies in ferrets. Speaking of the transfer of rabies, it is also possible if vaccinated in time. But this statement is true for other animals.
Ferrets are very stupid.
Many are afraid that there is nothing to teach these animals. But ferrets love to play, they are able to learn and quickly get used to their masters. They intimidate him and do not bite, do different tricks and even go to a special toilet.
Ferrets do not see well.
And this is the truth. These animals are very poorly developed vision, they are able to distinguish only two colors – blue and red.
Those who are allergic to the wool of cats or dogs, can not ferrets.
Ferrets, like chinchillas, are considered non-allergenic animals. After all, these creatures do not have dandruff, which is the source of allergies. It is ferrets that are the best choice of a pet for a person who is allergic to the fur of a cat or dog.
Ferrets must always be in a cage.
If these lovely creatures are constantly kept in a cage, then they will start to get bored and die. We need to find time to play with the ferrets, to run with them – and all outside the cage. Only now, care is still desirable to save, otherwise they can quickly arrange a pogrom in the apartment. So for the time of absence of the house this animal will be better placed in its habitual home. Because of his irrepressible curiosity and desire to climb into any slot ferret can only do harm to himself. Ferrets are by nature aggressive.
Do not confuse aggression with playfulness. Sometimes, during their fun, these animals can really bite a person. By nature, ferrets understand that they have thick skin, so they bite each other hard. Similarly, they behave with a person, but this is just a game. And it operates the first couple of months, then ferrets can be weaned. Real aggression is inherent in males, and even then, during the rut. If the animals are castrated, then this problem will be solved. Home animals are friendly, curious and funny creatures.