Ferret Proof Your Home
Ferrets are excellent escape artists and are easily able to squeeze through the tiniest openings and cracks. Homes must be “ferret-proofed” to prevent escape and injury.
Naturally inquisitive, they will chew on and swallow many things.
It is highly recommended to put a collar with a bell attached on your ferret so that it can be easily found if it escapes your sight (make sure the bell can’t be swallowed if it becomes detached, or make sure it’s firmly secured to the collar and can’t easily come loose).
Never let your ferret out of your sight when it’s out of its cage. If you leave the room even for a minute, take the ferret with you or put it back in its cage or carrier. Never let a ferret roam outdoors, they will not stay around for long!
Toys for Ferrets
As stated above, ferrets love to chew. Rubber toys are not safe for ferrets, as they often chew off and swallow small pieces! Diagnosis of an obstruction is often difficult in a ferret; usually the problem is diagnosed during exploratory surgery and is often fatal if not treated early.
Hard toys or dog chews are safe, as are rawhide treats in small amounts. Other safe toys include cardboard tubes, and very hard plastic toys. Cloth toys are all right IF the ferret is not chewing pieces off of it! Such toys may only be used under supervision.
The anal sacs of ferrets can on occasions secrete a foul smelling liquid. Bathing can be done weekly or every other week with a gentle moisturising, shampoos specifically designed for small animals being preferable.
Ferrets should also have their sharp claws trimmed regularly (ask your veterinary surgeon for instructions).