One of the most effective ways to keep your ferret healthy and happy is always to find time to play and interact with it. Sometimes it is difficult to squeeze a few minutes or hours each day for playtime due to work and other daily commitments. Fortunately, there are proven ways to maintain your pet’s activity even with your absence. Providing ferret toys will keep ferrets busy and active, thus minimizing the risk of developing boredom and health issues.
When picking the most effective ferret toys, the trick is to make sure that they are budget friendly and able to develop mental and physical skills. Buying from a local pet shop is the best option if you have money to spare. However, if you are working on a tight budget, searching for common house items and transforming them to customized toys is the best alternative.
Ferrets are in love with balls. They will endlessly play with tennis balls, golf balls and almost any type of ball they can find. Most ferret lovers observed that ferrets have an obsession with ping pong balls, which are lightweight and easily moved. With this in mind, keeping a few pieces of these cheap and common balls will come in handy whenever you need your pet to be entertained or maintain activity.
When providing ball toys, make sure that they are clean and safe. Avoid giving balls that are too small to prevent accidental swallowing that can lead to choking. Also, avoid balls that are too heavy to avoid unwanted accidents and injuries.
Aside from balls, ferrets are addicted to tunnels, where they can crawl and run through like a maze. Sometimes, they also use these tunnels as a temporary shelter where they usually take naps and rest. Make long and intersecting tunnels using common house items such as cardboard tubes or sewer pipes.
When constructing tunnels, make sure that the materials you will be using are free from germs and bacteria that can cause all sorts of infections. In addition, the materials must be free of sharp curves or angles to prevent accidents and injuries.
As stated earlier, these tunnels are an extension of your pet’s cage, which means that your ferret will probably pee or poo in them. To prevent germs and bacterial formation, regularly clean both the outside end inside parts of these tunnels. Furthermore, ferrets also love to stash their food, especially on dark and unassuming places. It is very important to check the inside of this tunnels for stale and rotten foods to avoid health issues such as diarrhea.
Plastic Digging boxes
Another natural habit of a ferret is digging. To keep up with this urge, make a customized digging box using a hollow plastic box and several cups of rice, sand or beans. When picking a plastic box, make sure that it is large enough to enable your pet to run around freely and comfortably. Create a hole in the plastic box cover where you can safely enter or remove your pet. This hole will also act as the main source of air. After doing so put rice, beans or sand. Some ferret owners use shaved newspapers and Styrofoam pieces, which are also effective digging materials that need constant supervision.
Although very popular DIY ferret toys, these digging boxes must be made with extra care to prevent and avoid harm. When eaten or swallowed, materials such as sand, Styrofoam newspaper pieces can develop various health issues. In addition to constant supervision (if possible), the best solution to this problem is to train and teach your pet not to consume or eat the materials used for building the digging box.
Noisy toys are also effective tools to keep your pet occupied and busy. Find old rattling toys that are commonly used by babies. Make sure to clean with antibacterial soap or soak in hot water for a few minutes before giving to your pet. If baby noisemaker toys are unavailable, get a plastic soda container and feel it with pebbles. Make sure to secure tightly and check for holes to avoid spilling of the pebbles.