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Ferrets for dummies
Schilling, Kim.
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Publication Information:
Foster City, CA : IDG Books Worldwide, [2000]

Physical Description:
xxx, 370 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 23 cm.
General Note:
Includes index.
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SF459.F47 S34 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area
SF459.F47 S34 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf
SF459.F47 S34 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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Slinky, lightening fast, mischievous, and smarter than many people you know, ferrets, like their otter cousins, are the merry pranksters of the animal world. Ferrets are also inveterate thieves who'll steal just about anything that isn't nailed down and spirit it off to their hidey-holes. But, as most ferret owners will tell you, the thing those fuzzy little balls of energy are best at stealing is your heart. Hmm. cunning, mischievous, light-fingered - sounds like a recipe for disaster in a pet. And the truth is, coexisting with a ferret can be a challenge - one you'd better be certain you're up for, before you commit to bringing a ferret into your home.

Ferrets For Dummies lets you take a long, well-informed look before leaping into the fabulous furry world of "ferts." This fun, entertaining book fills you in on everything you need to know to successfully adopt, nurture, live with, and love a ferret. You'll discover how to:

Choose t he right ferret for you Ferret-proof your house Understand your ferret's special needs Train your ferret to be well-behaved Feed your ferret properly Select safe and creative toys Manage ferret odors Integrate your ferret into your life Breed ferrets

Ideal for first-time and veteran ferret owners alike, Ferrets For Dummies is a gold mine of advice, guidance, and tested-in-the-trenches tips on:

Deciding if a ferret is right for you and vice versa Finding your ferret and introducing him or her into your home The care and feeding of ferrets Health issues, concerns ,and treatments Ferret psychology and sociology Breeding ferrets for fun and profit Recipes your ferret will love

Your ferret is a smart little guy, and you'll need to stay two steps ahead of him. This fun and informative book shows you how to handle your furry tornado's playful energy and boundless curiosity, so you can live happily ever after together.

Author Notes

Kim Schilling has more than 20 ferrets at any given time. She operates Animals for Awareness, a special sanctuary for unwanted and abandoned exotic animals.

Table of Contents

Part I Is a Ferret the Pet for you?
Chapter 1 Things to Know about Ferrets
Chapter 2 Is a Ferret for You?
Chapter 3 Ferrets and the Law
Part II Finding Your Ferret and Hanging Up the Welcome Hammock
Chapter 4 Your Ideal Furball
Chapter 5 On the Trail of a New Fuzzy
Chapter 6 Home Sweet Home: Setting Up Your Ferret's House
Chapter 7 Other Things to Do Before Your Ferret Comes Home
Chapter 8 Introducing Your Ferret to His New Family
Part III Basic Care and Feeding
Chapter 9 Filling Their Bellies
Chapter 10 Playtime and Exercise
Chapter 11 Cleaning Time: It's Not All Ferret Fun and Games
Chapter 12 Traveling (or Not) with Your Ferret
Part IV Health Issues, Concerns, and Treatments
Chapter 13 Vets and First-Aid Kits: The Basics
Chapter 14 Ferret First Aid
Chapter 15 When Bugs Get You Down
Chapter 16 Viruses, Coolies, and Other Problems That Afflict Ferts
Chapter 17 The Big C and Other Lumps
Chapter 18 When It's Time to Say Good-bye
Part V Ferret Psychology and Sociology
Chapter 19 Understanding Your Fuzzball
Chapter 20 Basic Training: Easy as 1-2-3
Chapter 21 Dealing with the Behaviorally Challenged Ferret
Part VI If you're Thinking about Breeding
Chapter 22 Should You Breed Your Ferret? Looking at the Big Picture
Chapter 23 Mustelid Love Unmasked
Chapter 24 Preparing for the Bundles of Joy
Chapter 25 From Birth to Bundle of Energy
Part VII Ferrets: Past and Future
Chapter 26 The Historical and Hunting Ferret
Chapter 27 A Note on the Black-Footed Ferret
Part VIII The Part of Tens
Chapter 28 Ten Common Myths and Misconceptions
Chapter 29 Ten Recipes Your Ferret Will Love
Chapter 30 Ten Ferret Resources
Appendix: Ferret Shelters, Organizations, and Clubs
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