A state of extreme disorientation caused by an excessive number of choices or stimuli. Coined by Pete Abrams in the early years of the webcomic, Sluggy Freelance; specifically in reference to the character, Kiki, and her tendency to enter a catatonic state when faced with a large number of 'shiny' things.
When we went to the arcade Mike had a major case of ferret shock; we ended up having to drop him off at the book store.
Being overwhelmed by an abundance of choices, or stimuli in general.
Refers to the mental state of a ferret in a chicken coop, unable to choose a single bird among the panicked flock to attack.
Sally went into ferret shock when her favorite bling shop had a fire sale.
Johnny forgot to take his ADD meds, so he was totally ferret shocked at the carnival.