I have ferrets. They've been in my life ever since I moved to a place that would allow pets. And I don't know what I'd do without them.

I did a lot of research before choosing to let fuzzies into my home. I would have adopted a dog or cat in a heartbeat, except that I knew they would not thrive with my lifestyle. Living in an apartment and holding down two jobs meant the pet would have to sit at home alone most of the time, and would not get to go outside much, if at all.

Ferrets sleep 4 times a day, for about 5-6 hours each nap. Between their naps, they eat, fill up the litter box, and play. Sounds great, doesn't it? They also don't mind spending 20-22 of those hours in a cage. And they don't make any noises, so unlike parakeets, they don't bother the neighbors. Ferrets are great for small spaces!


Unfortunately, landlords are not real keen on letting ferts sign the lease. People really don't know much about ferrets, likely due to a lack of exposure. They think ferrets are rodents or wild animals. They fear that the little fuzzy will escape into the walls, or bite the neighbors. They worry about odd diseases.

There are only two things that landlords (and fert owners) ought to be worried about: ferrets stink, and they're not 100% accurate with the litter box thing. More on that later. If you keep after the poo, your place will be fine.

It didn't take long for me to get used to their smell, and what I once saw as odd-looking rodent-like creatures, I now see as nothing but cute, innocent little faces. The poo, however, I still haven't figured out!

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