Question by Tabitha: Who Can Help With Ferrets?
I got a ferret, his name is Joey. (Jo-Jo) He’s a male. And I need some more help with bonding. We go outside and he digs and I dig with him and I hold him and we chill on the bed. But I have a problem with his leash/harness, You see Joey’s a small little guy. . . and he slips through his harness sometimes. The harness is as tight as it can go but like I said Joey’s not so big. I also would like Joey to be cozy in his harness and like to play outside and wear it. . . He also doesn’t like the idea of the hammock. . . He jumps out and falls down 2 floors. . . I’m afraid he might get hurt one day. I would like him feel more cozy in the hammock also so he doesn’t have to lay on the bedding. He also doesn’t use the steps/ladders he just jumps down and stays on the bottom when I put him up there. Is it just cause it’s a new home? And what do ferrets enjoy doing? I would also wanna remind you that ferrets are not rodents, so no rat facts! ~Thanks For Helping!
Answer by Elaine M
I wouldn’t take him outdoors, make a dig box for inside the house.
Just get one of those sweater boxes with a top on, fill it with uncooked macaroni (it’s easier to clean up spillage than uncooked rice is) and let him play in that. He’ll dig to his heart’s content and once done you just put the loose macaroni back in and put the top on for storage. (Stick newspaper under to help with cleanup).
Use a large bath towel to give ‘rides’ on the wood floors. And a long piece of 3 or 4″ wide PVC pipe makes a great tunnel for ferrets (and is pretty cheap). You can also look for the black accordian pleat water hoses put on the end of gutters (hardware stores have these) as fake tunnels too, putting them around the wall.
If he’s not into hammocks, just make a big ‘pocket’ for him out of a towel, he may like just sleeping inside that.
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