Keeping NewAge Ferrets As Pets
Some ferrets like the black-footed ferret have been designated as being endangered by the IUCN. A study of the evolutionary history tells us that ferrets are very much different from conventional cats and dogs and even though it may look like ferrets have adapted to being domesticated, it is indeed not so. It needs to be understood that in spite of the cute looks this furry creature is not safe to be kept at home basically since it has carnivorous instincts. Moreover, even though ferrets are often used as laboratory animals for testing vaccines and drugs they really do not help in the development of new-age technology. Thus it can be said that keeping ferrets as pets is not a very safe option and no matter how exotic it sounds people need to consider a lot of things before bringing home one. Keeping a pet animal at home necessarily means meetings every single need of the animal and this includes providing them with a diet that suits their physiology. However, in most cases, domesticated animals are given specially formulated food over their natural diet. Ferrets, even the domesticated ones are strictly carnivorous inhabit. Even in the wild, ferrets only eat plants that are embedded in their prey’s gastrointestinal tract. Commercial diet strictly formulated for the ferrets consisting of exactly or more of 35-40% crude protein and 15-20% fat is recommended for the pet and the initial ingredients of the food must be meat-based. Their teeth structure, gastrointestinal structure, and body enzymes are all meant for a purely carnivorous diet. The European polecat, scientifically called Mustela putorius, is considered to be the ancestor of ferrets. The European polecat was also a strict carnivore and its natural diet consisted of small birds and other small vertebrates (Johnson-Delaney. 2014). However, after domestication ferrets are barely given a carnivorous diet and are either fed cat or dog food or specially formulated ones that meet the ferret’snutrient needs. It is not necessary that the ferrets like what they eat since in spite of evolution they are basically carnivorous yet domestication and restriction have forced the domesticated ferrets to adapt themselves to the diets provided to cats and dogs.In many cases, pet owners are often careless about the expiry date of such products risking the ferret’s life.