Like all species, the ferret character is exclusive to every particular person. Some ferrets climb, bounce, cuddle and provides kisses however some don’t. This is their distinctive character and it additional develops with age and expertise. Love and kindness foster the event of the most effective ferret character.
Our Outstanding Six
During the previous 15 years we shared our house with 17 ferrets — 9 are on the rainbow bridge and eight are nonetheless with us. All however one have been acquired at an early age, 13 weeks or youthful. Our first 4 ferrets got here from pet shops; six have been from personal passion ferret breeders; one was a rescue; and 6 we raised from delivery and determined to maintain. All 17 had related traits with totally different personalities. From these, six distinctive and distinctive ferret personalities stood out from the remainder.
1. The Smart Alpha Ferret Personality
The love of our lives was a small, sable woman with limitless character. She launched herself on the pet retailer by biting our finger after which pooing and peeing on the ground in entrance of us. This introduction was a forewarning to what life with Bonnie could be like. She demonstrated the alpha character to the remainder of the ferrets, and her position of chief was seldom challenged. She was the neatest ferret we now have had, and her inquisitive and chronic character stored her in bother more often than not. She was an issue solver extraordinaire — in a position to decide the secure leaping distance from chair to countertop, or to push a trash can over to one thing she needed to climb up on and examine.
2. The Loner Ferret Personality
Goldie is a small, champagne jill that was launched to our enterprise of breeder jills as a 13-week-old equipment. She was given the standard welcome that jills have a tendency to offer newcomers, which implies it was not a loving welcome. Goldie is a really quiet, unassuming jill that tends to be a loner. She has not bonded with every other ferret, however she sometimes performs one on one. She could be very tentative and considerably suspicious of any and all exercise. She is just not a kissy-cuddly woman however does like particular one-on-one consideration. Goldie is a good mom however considerably protecting of her infants.
three. The Clown Ferret Personality
Quick Silver is a black sable hob that we raised from delivery. The solely phrase to explain Quick is clown. Quick has the kind of ferret character that the majority of our shoppers need. He’s an enormous, Four-pound, floppy, loving, cuddly boy, and he thinks people are the perfect toys. After doing one thing foolish, Quick provides a glance that appears to say, “That’s OK. I meant to do that.” He by no means meets a stranger as a result of a brand new particular person is simply one other toy. He by no means meets a foe and accepts everybody as a good friend to play and clown with.
Four. The Loving Ferret Personality
Winston was an outdated, intact, sable hob that was discovered within the pouring rain consuming french fries by the dumpster of a fast-food restaurant. He got here to stay with us after bathing, ear mite therapy, neutering and a focus to many different well being points. It appeared he spent most of his life in a cage. He was judged to be between 9 to 11 years of age (primarily based on tooth look) and weighed in at 6 kilos. He was in wonderful, honest well being for his age and circumstances.
Winston was launched to being a pet in our world and allowed free-roam of his personal room. He instantly expressed his happiness by fixed dooking for at the least two strong days. As he turned extra conversant in his environment and new freedom, he was slowly launched to the remainder of the ferrets. He discovered what life was all about in a loving setting. He continued to dook and even did his “old man” model of the weasel conflict dance. Winston had insulinoma and obtained therapy for this the rest of his life. He was not a kissy man, however he beloved to be held and cuddled. With all of the adjustments he confronted, Winston was the one ferret that at all times gave us direct eye contact that stated he was pleased and appreciated his new life.
5. Happy-Go-Lucky Ferret Personality
Cosmo was a chocolate, boy that got here into our house on Christmas Eve. You know that final ferret on the pet retailer with these huge, soulful eyes? That was Cosmo. We simply couldn’t depart him there alone on Christmas Eve. After we introduced him house and let him out of his service, he instantly ran round, round and across the room. You may inform he was pleased by the twinkle in his eye. His title was given to him as we may simply think about him conflict dancing throughout the Milky Way.
He was the final word happy-go-lucky man that beloved everybody. It appeared that his solely goal on Earth was to like everybody and assist in any method attainable. He was cage mate to an adrenal woman and at all times was her bodyguard, physique hotter and, in her final months, her seeing-eye pal as a result of she was blind. He was a wimp when it got here to new ferrets however at all times ended up being beloved by all of the ferrets.
6. The Jealous/Possessive Ferret Personality
Ferrets can develop a really deep bond with people. Daisy is a good instance of this. Four years in the past we positioned Daisy with a pair when she was 10 weeks of age. The first 12 months every part labored out properly. Daisy developed a deep affection with the woman — a lot in order that she didn’t prefer to be separated from her. She turned out to be a lap ferret, sleeping solely within the woman’s lap, and was definitely spoiled.
The second 12 months we positioned a male ferret, Dozer, with the couple. Daisy turned very jealous of Dozer however ultimately every part labored out. Over the following 12 months Daisy turned so connected to the woman that she bit anybody that was near her. We felt she was both defending her or simply didn’t need to share her with anybody else.
Love Them For Themselves
Inherited traits can’t be eradicated, as these are a part of the species. Ferret habits is discovered (like biting or meals aggression) and could be modified to a point with a number of love and persistence. A foul ferret character can’t be modified however could be enhanced or in some instances diminished. A ferret left in a cage has no alternative to develop its character resulting from lack of enrichment. Boredom doesn’t result in a wholesome pleased character in any species, together with us. Personality could be drastically enhanced by offering difficult enrichments for the ferret. A ferret that likes to dig in your flower pots wants the chance to broaden its horizons. Let it dig in a field of filth, paper, plastic eggs or no matter. Don’t take away that a part of its character; improve it by offering it the chance to dig.
Each ferret’s character is exclusive. Help develop every of those personalities in a secure and wholesome method and get pleasure from an animal that’s eternally younger and steals your coronary heart.