Ferret Proofing 101

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November 9, 2010
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Ferrets are curious little fellas who likes to inspect small spaces and are extremely flexible. They can get in and under kitchen cabinets, gaps in a doorway, and sometimes chew and get tangled in wires. The last thing you want is to rush your ferret to the vet because of a burned mouth. They also burrow and may find a dark snug area to sleep in. They tend to sleep soundly and may not always wake up and come out of their hiding spots if you call them. Knowing that ferrets are curious, tenacious, project driven, and agile means that you also need to know what to do to keep them safe from regular household dangers.

Here are a few tips to make sure your ferret is safe when exploring your house:

1: Windows – ferrets can climb and can make their way onto a window sill quite easily. If the window doesn’t have a screen or the screen isn’t latched or closed, your ferret could fall out or climb out. Check that all windows are secure and that there are no holes in the screens.

2: Vents – vents in your house could be a great adventure for your ferret. But because of the maze, your ferret may not find its way back out. Make sure all vents have covers and the grills are small enough to prevent your ferret from climbing into the air ducts.

3: Washers and dryers – ferrets may think your basket of laundry is the perfect bed and snuggle and burrow. When doing laundry, make sure to not toss a basket into the washer but to sift through in case your ferret is napping. Keep all doors to the washers and dryers closed to prevent your ferret from climbing inside. It could turn out to be a horrible accident if your ferret is stuck and can’t get out during a cycle of laundry.

4: Keep your ferret away from wires – This may not be easy since everything we use is plugged in from our appliances to our cell phones. Ferrets can become injured exploring appliances or may chew on wires. If possible, try to block access to these areas and try to redirect your ferret’s desire to chew onto something acceptable like a treat or one of his toys.

5: Furniture – Check the cushions, pillows, and little ins and outs of your furniture when sitting down. Ferrets may be snoozing between the cushions of a couch or in the reclining chair and could get hurt.

6: Keep doors closed to the outside closed – Ferrets will quickly make their way outside if there’s an opportunity. Check the screens on the patio doors and make sure they don’t have holes. Reinforce the mesh if it’s weak and let everyone know when the family pet is free so they can be sure to not accidentally leave a door open.

Ferrets are intelligent and can be lots of fun. When you let your ferret out of its cage to run around the house, try to keep him busy with plenty of activities, like a box to jump in and dig around, play a game of chase with him, or make a maze out of cardboard boxes attached together with a treat at the end. There are plenty of ways to keep your ferret away from dangerous items in the house. Remember, your ferret’s favorite toy is often you. Interact with your ferret and play lots of games with him to distract him from doing some mischievous.

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