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15 Ferret Fun Facts

By PetcoBlogger on Mar. 29, 2017

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Considering a ferret companion? Want to learn more about these adorable, fun and mischievous creatures? Here are some fun ferret facts to help you on your way:

1. All ferrets are born without fur, but as it comes in, it is white. Baby ferrets develop their color at about three weeks of age.

2. Ferrets are very intelligent and can easily be taught to roll over and fetch, just like dogs!

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3. Ferrets are born deaf, with their eyes closed. When they are about 34 days old, their eyes begin to open and they can start to hear.

4. At around 14 days of age, a ferret’s baby teeth begin to emerge.

5. At around 45 to 50 days of age, the baby ferret’s adult teeth begin to emerge.

6. Ferrets can easily be litter box trained.

7. The scientific name for ferrets is “mustela putorius furo,” which translates to “stinky little thief.”

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8. A female ferret is called a jill and a male ferret is called a hob.

9. Baby ferrets are called kits. A group of ferrets is called a "business" of ferrets.

10. Although it is often assumed that ferrets are rodents, they are actually members of the weasel family.

11. On average, ferrets sleep approximately 18 hours per day.

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12. A group of ferrets is called a “business of ferrets.”

13. A ferret’s heart beats about 2.5 times faster than a human’s heart, at around 200 to 250 beats.

14. The average human’s core body temperature is 98.6˚F. The average ferret’s core body temperature is from 100 to 103˚F.

15. Ferret's should never eat any dairy products, chocolate, sugary foods or beverages, salty food, alcohol, caffeine, seeds or nuts.

To learn more about ferret care, read our ferret care sheet or check out our selection of ferret supplies.

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