The ferret is a domesticated animal who are territorial but can live in social groups known as a "business". They hiss when agitated or threatened. Ferrets can be trained.
This totem teaches to be like it, nimble and quick. This is for avoiding danger and any threats over causing harm. The ferret shall teach to use manoeuvring to give advantage.
It is taught not to repeat gossip as it can cause harm. Gossip doesn't benefit as it can easily be a lie or a misunderstanding.
The ferret totem teaches to be prepared for situations that may appear, to be prepared for hardships. That occur and can be devastating when there is no preparedness for it.