National Ferret Day

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Greetings, ferret lovers and curious souls! Tired of all the dog and cat days and looking for something a little out-of-the-ordinary and fur related? Buckle up for an exciting scamper down memory lane as we venture into the fun, feisty, and oh-so-furry world of National Ferret Day, a day dedicated to raising awareness about and celebrating these charming, curious creatures!

When is Ferret Day?

It's national ferret day on the 2nd April.

The History of National Ferret Day

How did this day come to be, you may ask? Well, let me tell you a tale. It all began in 2014 when Carol Roche decided that our delightful ferret friends needed a day of their own. She wanted to share how wonderful, and misunderstood these creatures are. This day is not just a celebration but also a reminder for people to consider adoption over buy from pet stores.

A Rising Trend

Since its inception, the internet mentions of National Ferret Day have climbed considerably. The pitter-patter of ferret feet was loudest on 2nd April 2020 with 4401 mentions. It seems the world suddenly woke up that day with an irresistible urge to heap adoration upon ferrets.

Why Ferrets, Why Now?

Ferrets are certainly unique companions—smart, mischievous yet surprisingly lovable. They're inquisitive creatures with a propensity for playfulness. So, it's only fitting that we have a day dedicated to appreciating them. This day also provides an opportunity to raise awareness about their needs and prove that they are as deserving of our love as our canine and feline compatriots.

Join In The Fun

So, on National Ferret Day, be it sharing an adorable ferret picture, learning about ferret care, or advocating for ferret rights, there is something joyful for everyone to participate in. Here's to all the ferret folk who leap, bound, and weave their way into our hearts!

History behind the term 'Ferret'


Origins of the Word

The term 'ferret' originated in 1398 from the Middle English word 'furet', which came from the Old French word 'furet' meaning 'weasel'. This word was used to describe a small, carnivorous mammal belonging to the Mustelidae family. It is believed that the term was derived from the Latin word 'furittus', which meant 'little thief'.


Hunting Companion

In 1440, ferrets began to gain popularity as hunting companions. Due to their small size, excellent sense of smell, and agility, they were used to flush out rabbits and small game from their burrows. The ferret's natural ability to flush out prey quickly made it an indispensable tool for hunters.



By 1464, ferrets started being domesticated and kept as pets. Their playful nature, intelligence, and curious behavior made them suitable companions. It is believed that during this time, ferrets were often kept by royalty and nobility as a symbol of wealth and status.


Industrial Revolution

The 1800s marked the Industrial Revolution, a period of rapid industrialization and urbanization. Ferrets played a crucial role during this time as workers in coal mines used them to control the rodent population. The ferrets were trained to enter small tunnels and flush out rats and mice, thereby reducing the risk of disease and damage to valuable equipment.


Ferret Fashion

During the 1980s, ferrets gained popularity as fashionable pets. Celebrities like Paris Hilton and Madonna were often seen with their pet ferrets, which led to a surge in demand for these adorable creatures. The unique appearance and playful nature of ferrets made them a favorite choice among pet enthusiasts.


Ferrets as Therapy Animals

Today, ferrets are not only kept as pets but also serve as therapy animals. Their sociable and affectionate nature has proven to be beneficial in providing emotional support, especially for individuals with mental health issues. Ferret-assisted therapy programs are gaining recognition, showcasing the diverse roles these animals play in enhancing human well-being.

Did you know?

Did you know that a group of ferrets is known as a 'business'? Well, now you can casually drop the term 'my business of ferrets' in conversations. You're welcome.


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First identified

30th March 2015

Most mentioned on

2nd April 2020

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