When do ferrets sleep?
They sleep during the daytime as witnessed by the photograph I took at a pet store today where I saw two ferrets, one white and the other dark brown, in a cage.
Photo of Ferrets Sleeping
Now, you’re probably wondering what’s the attraction to sleeping ferrets in a cage anyway, aren’t you? Well, it was because in my first book, Adventures with Easton, The Magical Journey, one of the characters is a ferret given to Easton, the main character, as a present when he was seven years old. You may find it interesting to know that most writers do research when they write a book. That was the case when I started writing about a nine-year old boy.
The inspiration to include a ferret as a pet in my book came from actually watching someone’s pet ferret wander from corner to corner in a room and thinking, what a great pet for a boy to have. Thus, another character in my story developed, one who was mischievous and always wanted to escape the surroundings of his cage.
“What is a domestic ferret? The domestic or “pet” ferret is a member of the weasel family and a descendant of the European Polecat. Some other members of the weasel family are minks, otters, and the endangered Black-Footed Ferret. Domestic ferrets have been domesticated for thousands of years and are not wild animals. Once working animals, they were (and still are in the UK and some other countries) used for ridding barns of rodents and for flushing rabbits from their dens (ferreting). In the United States they are lovable house pets.” Source: Everything Ferret
PS: If you’re thinking of getting a ferret for a pet, you may want to do some research (just like I did as a writer) before you buy one.
Written and Photographed by Mary Gilmartin, June 17, 2013