The phrase ferret has its origins in Latin and interprets to little thief. With that tidbit of data, it should not shock you that ferrets prefer to steal issues and hoard them.
My ferrets take something they’ll drag. I’ve seen my little, one pound woman attempt to carry off the canine’s sterilized bone; the bone weighs greater than she does. (The one motive she did not succeed is that the canine noticed her dragging the bone throughout the room and intervened.) They’ve appropriated my footwear, my wrist brace, and stuffed toys. They’ve snatched bookmarks, balls, and meals dishes. They’ve pilfered laptop mice, tissues, and socks. They’ve eliminated apples, potatoes, and staple removers. If they’ll pirate an merchandise, they’ll.
So, after my ferrets purchase an object of want, they hoard it. Nearly each stolen factor results in the identical place. After I clear, they could relocate their stash, however there’s normally just one cache at a time. I’ve discovered the cache beneath their cage. One time the stash was behind the tv and one time they really put every little thing inside certainly one of my husband’s audio system. Presently, my infants prefer to relocate objects to inside their Tower of Enjoyable, a tube that twists up and down. The fuzzies like to slip down the slopes of the Tower of Enjoyable, so it is somewhat unusual that they block their enjoyable sliding route with toys. But, they do.
Since I do not converse ferret, and my ferrets do not converse human, I can solely guess primarily based on their pure behaviors within the wild. Polecats (who our domesticated ferrets have been domesticated from) are carnivores. They’re hunters. They kill issues smaller than themselves (normally smaller, however I’ve seen movies of ferrets killing issues bigger than they’re). So, a ferret kills a mouse and eats it. When it is executed, it’ll cover the leftovers. If a ferret kills an animal that’s too massive to eat in a single sitting, the ferret will stash the corpse to complete later. And, in all of those situations, ferrets try to forestall different animals from gaining their spoils.
I feel that is most likely the perfect rationalization for why ferrets steal, however I’ve one different thought. Often, I discover ferrets asleep amidst their stolen treasures. Often, once they sleep of their cache, the gadgets are comfortable and squishy, like small stuffed toys and different fluffy issues. So, my second speculation is that ferrets prefer to construct cozy beds.