According to various sources, the ferret was domesticated from 1500 to 1000 years ago in the Mediterranean region and used to catch rats and mice as well as cats, the advantage of ferrets was the peculiarity of the structure of their flexible body allowing them to penetrate into the narrowest and inaccessible places even when cats are hunting for rodents.
The domestic ferret has several names, it is called a furo (from the Latin name Mustela putorius furo), which in Latin means a small thief, and from the Greek – cunning. By the way, the correct name, it very accurately reflects the nature of the ferret, they are really cunning and smart and have great weakness for theft, many ferret owners note their tendency to kleptomania. They adore stealing and hiding things they consider worthy of their “mink” – secluded places in the apartment, as they say for good, for a rainy day.
In addition, a home ferret is often called a fret. This name came to us from the Polish language, which is not surprising, since in our country the breeding of domestic ferrets started with animals brought from Poland.
There are also crossbreeds of ferrets, for example, a honorik is a cross between a ferret and mink, which are very rare and it is not right to call it a home ferret.
The domestic ferret inherited a lot from its wild fellow, it is primarily the appearance, body structure, habits, color, which has several varieties and can range from black to white.
Despite the fact that they are domestic, they are still hunters, they lead a nocturnal life. This means that in the daytime they like to sleep, while at night they have increased activity, which potential owners of ferrets should be ready for.