Amusements and Fun for Ferrets!|
Ferrets, by nature, are very inquisitive animals. Prevent boredom with these fun ideas!
A ferret must get a lot of play time and stimulation, mental and physical. Ferrets do not get stimulation in the cage, so they must have a lot of time out of it. They also do not get much stimulation in just one room. They need to be able to play outside of the room they stay in.
Stimulation can include:
Playing with other ferrets, humans & other animals
You rearranging things
Toys to play with and hide
Having different things to play in
Toys to play with and hide:
Many types of cat toys
MSmall stuffed animals
MCrochet eggs (easter eggs, sealed with rice or bell instide, with crochet exterior)
MFirecracker toys (clean vitamin bottles w/ rice or bell, wrap and tie fleece/flannel outside)
You need to take them from the hiding place every day or two.
Make your own toys by putting different things in an old sock, like an old ball, rattle ball, rubbery toy, etc.
Tie a plastic grocery bag with the handles cut in a knot as another toy.
Having different things to play in:
Cat wheel to run on
Tubes to run through (clear plastic ferret tubing, long cardboard tubes [free from Lowe's or Home Depot in the carpet department], plastic ridged underground drainage tubing (cheap at the hardware store).
Tie the clear plastic tubing in a knot and use a binder clip to hold the ends together or wrap it around the bottom of the cage or chair legs.
Plastic bags with the handles cut, paper bags, cereal bags, crinkly bags, tote bags, etc.
Cardboard boxes (or tape several boxes together with holes cut in them so they can get from box to box)
Pillowcases, pillows in pillowcases, flannel sheets, mats, sheets, etc. to burrow in or under.
Tubs with rice (NOT instant), beans or macaroni to dig in
Starch packing peanuts in a box
Containers to play in that contain plastic pit balls, synthetic corks, plastic eggs, starch peanuts, Easter grass, air pillows, plastic bags with the handles cut, etc.
Pans of water to play in. Add toys or ice cubes for them to catch and get out. Dechlorinate the water and add goldfish. (Do not add minnows or feeder guppies due to parasites.) If you have a way for them to get in the bathtub, put the pan of water in there so there’s less clean-up.
Throw balls and other toys in the bathtub for them to chase around.
As you're cooking or after, let the ferret sniff the plates, bowls and pots used. Most of the time, they'll just turn away. Sometimes they'll lick the container. It's okay if they lick a small amount off the plate and it's great stimulation. Many ferrets love to lick the inside of eggshells or the bowl eggs have been scrambled in.
They get bored with the same thing, so keep things changed. If you have several plastic bags out for them to play with, change it to paper bags for a few days. Throw a pillow from the bed on the floor and let them explore it. My ferrets check out every bag of stuff I bring home (after I remove anything they can hurt or that can hurt them). They love rooting through everything to see what they can find.