About raising kids - tips and tales from a mom and a grandma.

Tuesday, April 18, 2006

Ferrets as Pets

Ferrets make wonderful pets, but they aren't recommended for homes with small children. This isn't because the ferret is a danger to the child, but visa versa. The sheer exuberance in their play - children and ferrets - can make for some dangerous situations for the ferret, who hasn't sense enough to avoid it.

Our ferret has lived through many close calls with our 3 year old. I swear that ferret has had more lives than a cat, and he still loves to play with her. He's been held underwater during her bath so she can wash him, he's been stuffed inside a plastic bag, he's been stuck head first in a boot and almost suffocated...

I would suggest that anybody who is considering getting a ferret should wait until the youngest child in the family is at least 6. Old enough to understand that ferrets are not teddy bears, but are real, breathing creatures.

For older children, ferrets are almost an ideal pet. They interract with us, they play, and they will go back to their cages for a nap when we need them to. There is a forum about Ferrets, for anyone who is interested in learning more about these wonderful pets.


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