June 2009

Furry, Funny, Friendly Ferrets

If you’re looking for a fun, active pet that’s fairly easy to care for, a ferret is an excellent choice. We’ve had several ferrets over the years, and they were definitely among my favorite pets. Even older ferrets can be excitable, curious creatures that will never cease entertaining you—or themselves.

Ferrets are cousins of the weasel family; they are also related to skunks and otters, which makes their unique, musky scent unsurprising. Domestic mammals, ferrets are long and furry critters that come in a range of colors, from white to brown to black to mixed colors. They weight less than five pounds and can live up to ten years.

Insects as Pets

When you think of a pet in your pocket, it’s usually some fuzzy little critter like a hamster or a guinea pig… most people don’t conjure up images of a hissing cockroach. Many of us, after all, hire exterminators to rid our homes of as many bugs possible.

But some people actually keep cockroaches as pets! I recently read about a family who has a menagerie of pets—including a millipede—and thought, what other kinds of bugs do people keep as parts of their families?

It turns out that there are quite a few. Below are some of the most popular bugs people choose to keep as pets.