Aren't ferrets kind of challenging pets? My kids wanted one really badly, but I thought the way they get into everything and their smell problems put me off. I do, however, think they are really attractive animals.
We had rats, instead. They were lovely pets for the years that they lived.
Well, to be honest, I don't think they are. My Ferret - Little Miss *short for Misfit* is a sweetheart. She is a free range Ferret, her cage door is always open and she is very sociable.
The only issue is the potty training. She is usually very good about going on her littler box, but sometimes she wont make it to her cage, and will go in a corner. I then have to lug out my Little Green Machine and clean it up.
She is adventurous and loves to investigate, but she doesn't make messes and she doesn't get into everything.
Little Miss, and her older brother whom we had "put down" due to Cancer, both had their scent glands removed, so no odors. Sure, they smell like a Ferret, just like a dog smells like a dog and a horse smells like a horse, but other than that, there is nothing offensive about her odor at all.
No special bedding here. We bought her a small stuffed cat bed and she has a fleece blanket that she sleeps on/under.
BarrelRacer, congrats on getting your lovie back, he is adorable!