Ferrets love to steal so put away anything you don’t want
to lose or learn quickly where their hiding places are or
you may find yourself saying to your boss “sorry I’m late,
my ferrets hid the car keys” They also like to dig so any
plant pots you have will be fair game, as will the cat’s
litter tray and any food bowls you have down for any of
your pets. They can also find their way into cupboards and
draws so you need to make sure that you have door locks
or hooks and eyes on the doors you don’t want them to open
(including your fridge door). If you are having a dedicated
“ferret room” you will only need to do these things for
that chosen room and be very careful about opening the door
when they are out of their cages.
You will also need to consider cleanliness. Ferrets are
creatures of habit. They always use the same spots to toilet
in so you should try and train them to use a litter tray.
If you put the trays in the spots they normally use and
persist in putting your ferret in the tray whenever you
see signs of them going to the toilet they should soon get
used to using it and do it on their own. Alternatively if
you are having a ferret room choose flooring that is easily
cleaned such as lino.
Your ferrets will need somewhere to call home even if
they roam freely around the house. They will still need
a place to sleep, eat and feel safe and you will sometimes
need to confine them if they are ill or you just need a
ferret free zone for a while. You can, of course, use an
ordinary outdoor hutch inside but there are lots of indoor
cages designed with ferrets in mind. Obviously you need
to make sure the cage is big enough for the number of ferrets
who are going to live in it so choose carefully or you could
end up making an expensive mistake. Cages with wire floors
are not recommended, as they will damage the ferret’s feet.
If you do buy one with wire shelves then it would be advisable
to cover them with lino. If you don’t want to buy a cage
there is always the option to build one.
To keep ferret smells at bay, it is essential to remove
all the soiled bedding and replace any hammocks that need
washing on a regular basis.