Understanding the Ferret Lingo Terms3 min read

Some Ferret Lingo terms and antics that are often used among ferret owners and what they mean.

AlbinoSolid white ferret with red eyes
Alpha FerretThe dominant ferret of the house, leader of the pack
Ankle/leg BiterWanting attention, a treat or to be picked up
Belly ButtonWell not quite, let’s just say you have a male ferret
BibWhite fur on chin and throat
BlazeWhite stripe between the ears going down to the nose. These ferrets can be deaf.
Blown/blowing coatAnother way of saying shedding, but happens rather quickly in large amounts (normal)
Bottle BrushTheir tail puffs out from excitement, anger or fear..almost like static cling
BusinessGroup of multi ferrets
Butt WipeFerret type of toilet paper. After going to the bathroom, they drag their rear on the floor
ChompChecking out teeth strength..the acting of biting. The usual course is lick-lick-CHOMP
Carpet Sharklaying very close to the floor stretched out, usually just observing. Can also crawl from this position. AKA flat ferret
DEWWhite ferret with dark (black or deep red) eyes- Dark White Ferret
DookingChuckling sounds are made when excited, exploring, playing, or war dancing. Resembles a rooster sound
Duck SoupLiquefied high-protein food is usually given to ill ferrets
FFZFerret Free Zone – Ferrets are illegal, Also known as NFFZ – Non-Ferret Friendly Zone
FerretingBetter known as working ferrets. Trained ferrets used for hunting, usually rabbits. Illegal in the US
Ferret MathThe art of going from one ferret to two, to three to four to…..
Ferret ProofingKeeping the house as safe as possible for ferrets. Restricting access to areas that can cause them harm
HobWhole male ferret able to breed. V-Hob – Hob able to breed but fully sterile. Gib – neutered male unable to breed
JillWhole female ferret able to go into heat and produce kits. Sprite is a spayed female, unable to go into heat or get pregnant
KitBaby ferret
MittsWhite feet or toes
Nip & RunEasier than the chomp action..Invitation to play
PandaFerret with a predominantly white face, overgrown blaze. These ferrets carry a very high incidence of deafness
PoofNon-descended ferret secretes their anal sacks usually in fear releasing a strong pungent odor that lasts a few minutes. Best used to clear a house of all unwanted guests in a matter of seconds
Rainbow BridgeA place where your fully healed ferret plays around waiting for you to cross over the bridge together for eternity
ScruffingPinching by the nape of the neck, just like a mother would do, relaxing and calming the ferret. This will usually result in the ferret yawning away
ShiverSeen when a ferret first wakes up. Way of regulating and increasing their body temperature which drops during sleep time
SnorkelingImmersing entire head in water, often blowing bubbles. Often they forget their scuba gear
StashHiding place ferrets store all their treasures usually out of human reach. Missing keys, remote controls, etc can usually be found there. Who needs kids??
ThiefTheir wonderful gift of stealing whatever they believe is theirs, without being noticed, to add to their stash
War DanceAn excited ferret bouncing and thrashing themselves around with stiff legs, arched back, open mouth, swinging head, often flinging into walls and furniture. Usually dooking and bottle brush tail goes on at the same time. Ferret on speed
Rat TailThe appearance of blackheads on the tail with hair loss and is usually an end result. Usually excess hormone secretion around coat changes.
Waardenburg’s SyndromeGenetic defect found in white ferrets, blazes, and pandas resulting in deafness
ZipperNot yours, theirs. The dark line that runs down their stomach is in the middle.

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