European Ferret

Latin Name Mustela putorious furo
Class Mammalia
Order Carnivora
Family Mustelidae
IUCN status Not listed
Habitat Forests and semi-forest habitat.
Distribution Worldwide as pets or working animals for hunting

General Information

There is evidence that ferrets have been domesticated for over 2,500 years. Their ancestor is the polecat.

The fur of ferrets has been bred to produce a variety of colours from silver to chocolate.

They can be easily house trained to use a litter box and can be great pets although they may bite. As carnivores they require a meat-like diet regularly throughout the day due to a high metabolic rate.

Fun Fact

Ferrets can sleep for around 18-20 hours a day and the few hours left are spent happily frolicking around with other ferret friends. They are often known to go into a ‘dead or deep’ sleep where only very shallow breathing is
difficult to spot. Even upon picking them up sometimes they take a while to come around!

Keeper Notes

We have a variety of ages and colours of our resident ferrets all of whom are ex-pets, either re-homed with us or have been handed in as lost pets discovered wandering in peoples garden/houses.

If you would like to keep a ferret check this website first:
www.rspca.org.uk/allaboutanimals/pets/ferrets