For many people, the idea of having ferrets as pets may seem unusual or even a little weird at first.
However, these little creatures are very intelligent and sociable, which means that they will quickly grow on you!
They can be trained to do tricks, play fetch, and even walk on a leash just like any other dog.
For the best ferret experience possible, it’s important to make sure that your home is ferret-proofed before bringing these curious critters into your life.
First, Choose the Right Cage
First and foremost, if you own a ferret—which you should—you’ll need a cage for it.
Ferrets require about two square feet of space per ferret, so a ten-ferret cage would be about twenty square feet.
A hundred pounds of ferrets would take up ten thousand square feet.
Thankfully, ferrets aren’t anywhere near that big.
If you can’t give your ferret enough room in its cage, consider getting a second one.
Most cages are built to stack on top of each other.
Also, make sure your cage is tall enough for them to stand upright.
You don’t want them sleeping on their bellies all day!
Lock all cabinets and drawers
One of the easiest ways to ferret proof a room is by locking all cabinets and drawers.
Placing multiple lids on your garbage cans will also deter your ferrets from sniffing around for food.
It’s important that any containers you use are sturdy enough so your ferrets can’t tip them over.
A good rule of thumb is if it can hold water, it should be able to hold up against a curious ferret.
The same goes for laundry baskets, if they have handles, make sure they are well secured with rope or bungee cords.
If your baskets don’t have handles, consider using plastic zip ties to secure them together in pairs or groups before putting them away in storage areas where they won’t be easily accessible.
Safely Store Foods Off-Limits to Ferrets
The most important thing you can do is buy a ferret-proof trashcan with locking lids.
Take out all bags and containers of food, stow them in another room, and don’t return until your ferrets are settled.
Open up cabinets and drawers where food is stored and look for any holes your ferrets could squeeze though—they’re likely in small, hard-to-find places.
Cover these up or fill them in with steel wool or aluminum foil.
If there’s an open bag of flour or sugar, make sure it has an airtight seal before putting it away.
Keep in mind that plastic bags aren’t completely ferret-proof; if you see one trying to get into one, take it away immediately.
And if you have other pets like cats or dogs, keep their food locked up as well!
Block Off Areas of the House
The easiest way to ferret-proof your home is simply to block off areas of your house where you don’t want them going.
Make sure you have at least one exit in each room that you can create a barrier over and place a gate behind (if possible).
At night, gates should be placed over all entrances (windows included) and bedroom doors closed.
This will ensure they stay put when you’re not around.
If they are still getting into trouble after blocking off areas of your house, then it might be time to move on to step two…
Close off ventilation systems
If you have a basement, use doors or screen covers on air vents.
If there’s an air vent that can’t be shut off, block it off with a blanket.
A ferret will be able to fit through holes as small as 1 inch wide, so cover every bit of vent and wall/doorway space in your home.
Anything left uncovered will eventually be investigated by curious paws and teeth. (Even if they haven’t gotten into something yet, they could chew right through it.)
The more work you put into covering up possible entrances, though, the less likely your ferrets are to get out.
They won’t go exploring if they don’t know where they can go! Keep all curtains closed.
We humans like having sunlight pour into our homes—but that also means we leave curtains open all day long.
Cover up electrical cords and wires
Ferrets like to chew on cables.
Look around your room and be sure that all exposed wires are either hidden behind furniture or wrapped up in electrical tape.
You might even consider moving them completely out of sight, but make sure you know where they’re at if a problem comes up.
And don’t forget about those ethernet cords—because ferrets are excellent climbers!
Be careful when plugging in electronics as well.
Some have small slots which can trap curious little hands.
It’s also important to keep your ferret away from any outlets which may be live with electricity.
That includes lamps with halogen bulbs, too; many animals have been shocked by these fixtures because they seem warm to touch.
If you want something with a bit more flair than electrical tape, try using wire mesh instead.
It works just as well for protecting cords and it looks much nicer!
Lock up items you don’t want your ferret playing with
As we mentioned earlier, ferrets love to play.
Unfortunately, they’re also apt at getting into trouble.
If you don’t want your fuzzy critter chewing on things like electrical cords or exploring cupboards and other places where dangerous items can be found.
Then make sure he doesn’t have access to those areas.
Locking up small objects that could potentially be harmful is a good place to start ferret-proofing your home.
You should also consider keeping anything that could potentially harm your pet out of reach as well. (Think about what might happen if Fido decides to nibble on it.)
This includes household cleaners, medications, chemicals, and plants.
Keep an eye on them if they are in your yard
If you spot them, it’s best not to disturb them.
The most important thing you can do is prevent ferrets from getting out in the first place.
This is why many experienced ferret owners keep their pets in either a well-constructed cage or an exercise pen when they’re outside.
Knowing that they are safe and sound, makes it easier for both owner and pet (when it comes time for play).
Block Off Appliances
Keep your ferrets out of your dryer, dishwasher, washing machine, and stove by placing childproof locks on them. (You can pick these up at most local stores.)
This is especially important because some detergents have chemicals that aren’t good for ferrets.
Not to mention you don’t want one of your little guys climbing into a hot dryer!
Stay Consistent after bringing up your ferret
If you’re going to bring a ferret into your life, you’ll want it to be safe and healthy.
That means you need to take certain precautions before bringing your furry friend home.
If you don’t, things could get messy (like fur on everything in sight).
If your household is lacking a sense of order or routine, ferrets might cause even more chaos than they create fun and companionship.
You can avoid such scenarios by taking some preventative measures beforehand.
By doing so, you can set yourself up for success with these friendly creatures from day one.
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