While ferrets are wild, with one species in North America that is nearly extinct, ferrets have been domesticated for over 2,000 years. Meaning, they are no more wild than your pet cat and are affectionate pets. Make sure you find out from the pet store or breeder how often your ferret has been handled. You want to make sure you get one that is young and used to being around people. Ferrets are also kept for hunting animals such as rats, mice and snakes. They can even get as many as a cat. Make sure you check with your local city government to see what the laws are on keeping a ferret. In some states it is illegal.