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The Ferret: An Owner's Guide to a Happy Healthy Pet (Your Happy Healthy P) Hardcover – December 3, 1996


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  • Series: Your Happy Healthy P (Book 135)
  • Hardcover: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Howell Book House; 1 edition (December 3, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 087605498X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0876054987
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 5.5 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.3 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,795,528 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The Ferret is an extremely informative guide on ferret health and behavior that offers practical advice for potential ferret owners, emphasizing that they can be challenging pets. Despite this word of caution, the book is careful to emphasize that ferrets can also be highly entertaining and affectionate animals, and with an estimated seven million pet ferrets in the U.S. alone, it's obvious that pet lovers agree. The 13 chapters range from "Bringing Your Pet Home" to "Training and Socializing" and include tips on properly grooming your pet, signs of disease, and a discussion of how your ferret will interact with other pets. This is a fun read, chock full of ferret trivia and illustrated with full-color photographs of our furry friends frolicking, burrowing, and snuggling.

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At last, a book about your pet that emphasizes total care, training and companionship! You'll not only learn all about the species-specific traits of your special pet, you'll also learn what the world's like from your pet's perspective; how to feed, groom and keep your pet healthy; and how to enjoy your pet through training and activities you can do together. The Ferret is written by an expert and includes chapters on training and socializing your ferret, legal issues surrounding ferrets, and introducing your ferret to family and friends. It also contains the latest information about ferret health issues, treatments, and cures. Best of all the book is filled with info-packed sidebars and fun facts to make caring for your pet easy and enjoyable.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Kim Rushing, KiSta Ferret Rescue kistaferret@exit109.com on February 2, 1999
Format: Hardcover
I recommend this book to everyone who adopts a ferret from us. Its very informative and written in terms that everyone can understand. It really deals with ferrets as loving housepets and not like some books that still refer to them as "exotic" and "unusual". I believe this to be the most informative, interesting and fun book on ferrets and their care on the market.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By "xlhgrl" on November 22, 1999
Format: Hardcover
I purchased this book when I got my first kit and it was very helpful and informative. I highly recommend this book, especially for new owners. As having only owned older ferrets, this book really did come in handy.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 17, 1999
Format: Hardcover
I've read every ferret book on the market, and this is the one I recommend to new ferret owners. It has lots of great information in an easy-to-read format. The best thing about this book is that it was written by a very experienced ferret owner, and (unlike other ferret books) has no mistakes in it. It's a super resource. I do wish that the book had more details in some areas, and I note that some of the Internet resources listed in the back of the book are out of date or incomplete. But still, this is a super book. If you need to know how to care for your ferrets, buy this book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Laura on December 21, 2000
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I checked out several books on ferrets from the library, and then bought this one. I felt it contained all of the useful, general information a ferret fancier needed. Since I had never owned a ferret when I first owned the book, it answered all of my basic questions. Later as I became more experienced with my pets, I still found useful tips for strange behaviours, suggested treats, etc. Between this book, and the alt.pets.ferrets Usenet group, you'll have all the advice you need to have healthy happy little bouncies!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Gerardo Guerrero on November 27, 1999
Format: Hardcover
This is the best ferret book i have yet read. This book has a lot of usefull infomation other books don't have. I recommend it to everyone.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 22, 1999
Format: Hardcover
If you're getting a pet ferret, or want to get a gift for a ferret owner, THIS IS THE BOOK! It's humour and light touch make it readable to even the most hardened pet ferret owner, and it's simplicity and thorough coverage of the subject of ferrets is perfect for an absolute beginner. This is the care book you'll read even after think you know everything about your ferret. It's filled with charming pictures, and is currently the most up to date guide. AND it's written by a woman who has spent the last 4 years hearing every fad and fasion regarding ferret care! Frankly, if you team this up with 'Training your ferret', I doubt you'll ever need any other ferret books in your life!! Why buy 10 when you can get one??
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 22, 1998
Format: Hardcover
This is probably the most up to date ferret book you could buy. Most I've read were pretty on the ball, but often had misleading and dangerous info mixed in with the good, that were now known to be bad for your pet. This is concise, and great for the real beginner. I've been involved with ferrets for years, and found this book is true to life as well as informative, with it's 'Health', "Ferret Proofing' and other sections. You'll get no nasty surprises. My only complaint is that it can be a bit cutesy, and lacks on 'precise' diagram drawings which tend to help for things such as caging or sexing of ferrets.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 9, 1998
Format: Hardcover
This book about ferrets is probably the most informative I've ever read on the subject. But the best thing is it was written by ferret owners, no just some vets who think they know everything about ferrets but have never owned one. Mary and Eric own many ferrets, and that seems to add the perfect touch to this book. I'd reccomend it if you're new to ferrets, or even if you're a scholar in the field. I also like the photos! :)
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