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Ferrets For Dummies Paperback – October 8, 2007
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From the Back Cover
Fallen in love with a fuzzy ferret? This friendly, informative guide gives you expert tips on caring for and enjoying your ferret, and keeping him healthy and happy. Plus, you get the latest on appropriate diets for ferrets, dental hygiene, common ferret diseases and infections, and designing and establishing an enriching environment for both you and your ferret.
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 the best toys
- Interpret your ferret's actions
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Top Customer Reviews
Kim Schilling's book is probably the best there is for owning a fert. She gives all sorts of insights into what makes them tick-how they play, what their body language means-something that taught us a valuable lesson during a thunder storm. Tycho was so frightened by the noise that when my wife picked him up and went face to face with him to sooth him, Tycho sunk his teeth into her chin, then did the same to me. We both missed his frizzed out tail and fur-something that told should have told us to stay away for a little while, but we didn't know any better until after we had read the book. It has a wonderful section on health, including numerous diseases and their symptoms. It covers playing, food, housing, even breeding, plus has a wealth of state by state resources, ferret shelters and contacts for the reader.
Only a dummy would buy a pet, any pet, without doing research into them first. Ferrets more than just about any other pet, need to be researched thoroughly before bringing one home for the first time. We had only read one book before getting Tycho, but we probably should have read more.Read more ›
- an entertaining read, no trouble going cover to cover, genuinely funny writing and jokes
- lots of info to get you ready for ferret ownership
- Outdated - namely, the primary treats mentioned in this book - raisins and cheerios - are now universally considered very bad for a ferret's health, you might as well be feeding them rocks. (see the links provided at [...] )
- Another result of being outdated - many of the websites and companies referenced in the book no longer exist.
- Many common ferret health problems are not mentioned. In my short time as a ferret owner, I have seen them go through a prolapsed rectum, patterned hair loss, and 'abnormal' behavior, none of which were mentioned in the book. A little research and help from friends and vets eventually taught me that none of these problems were uncommon for fuzzies, leading me to believe that the book should have at least mentioned them.
- No poop chart. Though it might sound gross, I think any long time ferret owner will tell you they have needed a poop-chart at least once. Ferrets poop - a lot, and it's one of the quickest ways to diagnose a health problem (just google "ferret poop chart" to see what I mean), but this is conspicuously absent from the book.
- Scruffing. This is when you hold your ferret by the extra skin above its neck. The action is mentioned throughout the book, but never once described clearly or safely. There is a picture of a ferret being scruffed, but the details of the method are left unclear.Read more ›
The only two changes I would make to this book are (1) more details regarding the cancers that, unfortunately, most ferrets will eventually develop (specifically adrenal gland tumors and insulinoma), and (2) overall a more serious tone. The tone of the writing veers away in a couple of spots from solidly informative towards silliness, but I've found that this is characteristic of almost all the "....for Dummies" books so I suppose that is a critique of the editor and publisher more than the author. Also, this "homespun" style probably makes the text more palatable to beginners and the curious. I volunteer for a local ferret shelter and have fostered numerous rescued ferrets, and have no hesitation recommending this book either for those getting involved in the same thing, or those who simply wish to have a single pet ferret and know nothing about how to go about it.
Until a more advanced book comes along that really delves into significant detail regarding ferret care, "Ferrets for Dummies" is pretty much the definitive book on the subject. Keep it on your bookshelf as a reference, and read it in conjunction with some of the many other ferret care books available to get a really rounded view of what is involved in taking care of ferrets.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This contains a wealth of good information well written. It has a reputation as being the "Ferret Bible" and this is probably deserved. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Jonathan
This book is great! We are considering adding ferrets to our family and this book has helped answer all of our questions. There is so much info.Published 4 months ago by Gina
Great book for starters who are looking into getting these fun friendly pets.. But remember California and Hawaii do not accept these awesome pets in their states.Published 5 months ago by Grace Delsuc
My girlfriend loves this book, it is very informational and provides all the information needed to raise your ferret and ferret proof your home from the little guy getting into... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
It's a really good book for those that have a ferret for the first time. You can learn a lot from your furry friend.Published 7 months ago by Ady