Many people, particularly youngsters, keep ferrets both as pets and as working rabbit hunters. (In the United States, ferrets or ‘fuzzies’ are considered exotic pets and come from one bloodline: many Americans are fascinated by the hunting origins and sporting ways of their pets’ cousins on this side of the Atlantic).
Ferrets are hardy little animals that take well to cage life, so long as they are properly fed, watered, exercised and cared for. Ferrets are NOT wild animals and are covered by all the provisions of the Pet Animals Act. They are carnivores and require a high-protein, high-fat diet of mainly meat and/or meat derivatives, with fresh water available at all times. Recently marketed dried foods for ferrets provide a useful high-vitamin addition.