Ferrets For Dummies

Ferrets For Dummies


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Thinking about getting a ferret? Want to make sure you’re giving the ferret you already have the best possible care? Ferrets For Dummies helps you decide whether a ferret is for you and give your little fellah a healthy, happy home. It’s packed with practical information on feeding, housing, health maintenance, and medical care.

This friendly, plain-English guide gives you the authoritative information you need in a cut-to-the-chase, quick-reference format. You’ll find the latest on appropriate diets for ferrets, dental hygiene, common ferret diseases and infections, and designing and establishing an enjoyable and enriching environment for both your ferret and yourself. You’ll also get solid tips about how to get to know your ferret and introduce it to other family members and how and when to give your ferret and his cage a good cleaning. Discover how to:

  • Choose the perfect ferret
  • Ferret-proof your house
  • Handle ferret first-aid
  • Make foods your ferret will love
  • Deal with behavior issues
  • Select terrific ferret toys
  • Interpret your ferret’s actions
  • Find the best vet for your ferret
  • Travel with your ferret
  • Make sure your little friend doesn’t get bored
  • Decide whether to breed your ferret

Complete with helpful lists of ferret myths and misconceptions as well as recipes for meals your ferret will gobble up, Ferrets For Dummies is the resource you need to keep your ferret happy and healthy for years to come.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780470139431
Publisher: Wiley
Publication date: 10/08/2007
Series: For Dummies Series
Pages: 408
Sales rank: 127,779
Product dimensions: 7.24(w) x 9.06(h) x 1.02(d)

About the Author

Kim Schilling has been owned by ferrets for over 20 years. Although she once had over 30 in her care, she now keeps her numbers under 10. Kim operates Animals for Awareness, a special sanctuary for unwanted and abandoned exotic animals.

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Table of Contents



Part I: Is a Ferret Right for You?

Chapter 1: What You Need to Know About Ferrets.

Chapter 2: Understanding What Ferrets Are (And Aren’t).

Chapter 3: Ferrets and the Law: Licensing and Other Issues.

Part II: Finding Your Ferret and Hanging Up the Welcome Hammock.

Chapter 4: On the Tail of a New Carpet Shark (Um, Ferret).

Chapter 5: Home Sweet Home: Preparing Your Ferret’s Quarters.

Chapter 6: Ferret-Proofing Your Home.

Chapter 7: Introducing Fuzzy to His New Family.

Part III: Basic Ferret Care and Feeding.

Chapter 8: Filling Your Ferret’s Belly.

Chapter 9: Cleaning Time: Not All Ferret Fun and Games.

Chapter 10: Enrichment: Yours and Your Ferret’s.

Chapter 11: Have Ferret, May Travel.

Part IV: Tackling Your Ferret’s Health Issues and Treatments.

Chapter 12: Setting Up Your Ferret’s Health Plan: Vets and First-Aid Kits.

Chapter 13: Helping Your Hurt Ferret: First-Aid Basics.

Chapter 14: Ferreting Out Ferret Pests.

Chapter 15: Handling Viruses, Infections, and Other Conditions and Illnesses.

Chapter 16: Finding and Treating the Big C and Other Lumps.

Chapter 17: Saying Goodbye When the Time Comes.

Part V: Ferret Psychology 101: Behavior and Training.

Chapter 18: Understanding What Fuzzy Is Trying to Tell You.

Chapter 19: Putting Your Ferret through Basic Training: Easy as 1-2-3?

Chapter 20: Dealing with the Behaviorally Challenged Ferret.

Part VI: Breeding Ferrets: The Facts, Fallacies, and Plain Ol’ Hard Work.

Chapter 21: Should You Breed Your Ferret? Looking at the Big Picture.

Chapter 22: Unmasking the Details of Ferret Love.

Chapter 23: From Birth to Bundle of Energy: Walking a Fuzzy’s Timeline.

Part VII: The Part of Tens.

Chapter 24: Ten Common Ferret Myths and Misconceptions.

Chapter 25: Ten Recipes Your Ferret Will Love.


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Ferrets for Dummies 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 19 reviews.
tori102287 More than 1 year ago
While I am not currently owned by a ferret I am planning on it in the future. Because of this I decided to read up on them before hand to level the battle feild. I found this book highly entertaining and informative. I highly recommend this book if you are planning or already have a ferret.
wep More than 1 year ago
This particular copy was a departing gift for a vet friend but I have both the first and second editions on my ferret resource shelf. My ferret mentor endorsed the first edition; I frequently recommend Ferrets for Dummies to people who aren't sure about adopting a ferret. It is an outstanding overview of most ferret-peculiar issues mixed with some humor. There is some new information in the second edition but the first version is also a good reference. Decent illustrations throughout however the second edition has less photographs. There are some potential health issues not mentioned at all and in some cases only the briefest summaries of an issue - enough to scare you or reassure you, depending on the subject - but all-in-all a "must have" for the potential, novice and experienced ferret owner. (Make that "human owned by a ferret"....)
Guest More than 1 year ago
Ferrets! They are soooo cute! If your interested getting ferrets, then you should get this book! I'm no dummie, but this book seems to pull my attention! It has really neat facts! Hmm... if only there was a hand-held Ferrets fo Dummies.. that would be good...=)
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is as hilarious as it is informative. New owners and old hands alike will find useful information, given in an easy-to-understand and entertaining fashion. The cartoons are some of the funniest I've seen (about on par with 'Not Wild Just Crazy').

What's best about the book is it gives *accurate* information -- not always easy to find in a ferret book -- while it's entertaining you. I found myself turning page after page, just looking for the funny comments.

I've owned ferrets for 13 years, currently own 10, run a local ferret club, have done ferret rescue and nursed many sick ferrets back to health -- and I found the book useful. I know much of the information already, but it's organized in checklists and chapters which make it much more accessible. When one of my ferrets is sick, I often find myself unable to think clearly, and have said many times that I should compose a checklist to help get the 'gears' moving again. Now I don't have to! It's already been done.

If you can only get one book on ferrets, get this one! It's definitely worth every penny.

I wish pet stores sold these as 'essential equipment' to new ferret owners. I think if people knew ahead of time what they were getting into, there would be fewer homeless ferrets in the world. With this book, there would be fewer unnecessary deaths, too.

Ferrets are a lot of work, but for those of us smitten by the little critters, they're worth it.

Guest More than 1 year ago
This book really gives you all you want to know about ferrets! If you have a ferret already or if you're thinking about getting one, this book for you!
Darksong17 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Excellent ferret care guide for a first time fuzzy owner. My only gripes with it were that the author seemed to contradict herself a couple of times and her advice on raw feeding was a little iffy in a few areas. Boiling raw bones before feeding them is pointless and feeding cooked chicken and turkey bones is pretty dangerous. Cooked bones are brittle and prone to splintering while raw bones are soft and much safer to feed.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I made my mother read this after i did (WONDERFUL INFO) and she has agreed to get me a fuzzy a week after my finals. This also informed ME on mainly the food and recipes to feed Gus (temporary name considering i may get a girl)
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Guest More than 1 year ago
If you are thinking of getting a ferret this book is a must have! It has EVERY bit of information from how to pick a ferret, to vet visits. 5 stars all around!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was great it told you all you need to own a ferret. I recommend this book if you are thinkiing of getting one!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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I highly recommed this to ferret owners of all years - this book is packed with information about everything ferret. Enjoy!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is ultimate guide for ferrets. If u are a ferret owner, you shouldown this book!
bm2boats More than 1 year ago
A very imformative book, easy to understand. Has lots of helpful info about care of Ferrets.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is perfect for all ferret owners and it is a must to get it is a valuable resource!!!!!