I am in love with Flash's fuzzy butt.
Haha! Don't worry. I am too. He's got long back legs (Manx trait I think), and when he runs, he looks like a jackrabbit! He got his name because he runs so fast (like The Flash from the comics--dorky, I know).
The cats don't try to --- errrr, eat the ferret?
Flash grew up with ferrets, and I don't think Hoss would bother with trying to eat anything alive! They really play pretty well together. The funny thing is Ares and Flash both really want to play, but they don't understand each other. A frisky ferret will arch his back, hiss, and bounce up and down. I imagine this would look threatening to a cat! And the ferrets like to play tag-- sneak up behind someone (ferret, cat or human) touch them from behind, then run away laughing. (Yes, ferrets laugh--giggle really. It's very cute!) Flash is always interested in what the ferrets are doing, but he just doesn't get them!
When he was a kitten, he did play a bit too rough with Loki, the ferret we had at the time. I tried to moniter them, but one day, Flash snuck back to Loki's room. I heard this horrible cry, and Flash came running out of there. I think he got too rough with Loki, and Loki showed him that ferrets may be small, but they have very sharp teeth! He's been a little gentler with them ever since.
But don't they smell a bit?
Ferrets do have a distinct musky smell, but like Myzt said, I find it quite pleasant. (Don't know about popcorn! LOL!) I don't actually bathe mine, and I don't think they stink. Though, in the US, their scent glands are always removed (or they would be able to spray like skunks). I don't think that's necessarily the case in all countries. Also, they're pooping machines! You have to be very diligent with the scooping. I've never owned a ferret who was 100% litter trained. If they're out roaming around the house, they tend to go in whichever corner is closest. So, that's a big downside.
Anyway-- yeah-- one big happy family!