As you know, I started adding more fuzzies to my family after I found Rikki Tikki Tavi at work one night. When I found Rikki, I didn’t know anything about ferrets as pets. I had to rely on my friends who used to have pet ferrets and on their so-called expertise and knowledge.
It turned out, though, that they weren’t the ferret experts I thought they were. Almost everything they told me about ferret care was wrong.
A lot of people just told me to do some research online. But, since I didn’t have a computer at the time, that didn’t work out very well. It also made it hard for me to find any good ferret books.
I finally did find a book at our local pet store – Ferrets (Barrons) by E. Lynn “Fox” Morton and Christine Mathis. This book helped me with the basics about how to take care of Rikki, but it doesn’t really go into a lot of detail.
Poor Rikki had to put up with my ignorance. And then poor Possum got thrown into the mix and also had to suffer through my lack of knowledge about ferret care.
A few months ago my husband bought me another book – Ferrets for Dummies by Kim Schilling. This book has become my Bible on how to take care of my little fuzzy kids. And, boy, were they happy that I was finally learning something!
You wouldn’t believe all the things I found out I was doing wrong. Even Rikki and Possum’s vet didn’t know about some of the health issues Ferrets for Dummies covers. Kim Schilling goes into great detail and covers everything from getting started and getting a ferret to ferret health issues to saying goodbye when the time comes (which I hope is a long ways down the road for me and my babies).
I highly recommend this book for first-time ferret owners. Once you get it, it will likely become your ferret Bible too.