Overview of Ferrets, Rodents, and Rabbits

Chapter 13 Overview of Ferrets, Rodents, and Rabbits


The name ferret can be loosely translated to mean “mouse-killing, smelly, thief” (Mustelaputorius furo), and surely these small bundles of energy and play are smelly. Yet they make good pets for adults and families without small children. Ferrets are generally clean, quiet, and playful, and they love interacting with humans. They have been used for many purposes other than as pets: They hunt rabbits and rodents; they run cable through pipes; they have been used in biomedical research; and more frequently, they have become house pets. The popularity of ferrets has increased in the past few decades, and although they are illegal to keep as pets in many states, they make a good alternative pet for those unable to have a dog, cat, or other mammal.


Many homes have rodents, but they are not pests, they are pets. Pocket pets (mice, rats, gerbils, hamsters) are fairly inexpensive, easy to care for, and easy to handle for both children and adults. Veterinary care for these pets has lagged behind their popularity because many veterinarians are not familiar with their diseases and have not gained the confidence to handle them. Several examples in the literature refer to veterinary staff learning the “rodent etiquette” required to be successful with this population of pet owners.

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Aug 31, 2016 | Posted by in GENERAL | Comments Off on Overview of Ferrets, Rodents, and Rabbits

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