DIY Ferret Toys
Ferrets are always looking for fun, but sometimes what they see as fun is dangerous or destructive or both. As ferret parents, we are always trying to come up with new ways to safely entertain our fur babies.
Sometimes we need to think outside the box (or cage) to discover new ideas for ferret toys. DIY ferret toys can be a creative and fun way to give your ferrets new experiences.
DIY Ferret Toys—Swinging Fun!
One DIY idea is to “make” your ferret a swing. I say “make” because there is little, if anything, you actually need to put together. There are lots of hanging hammocks and other bedding that can be attached to the top of a ferret cage and hang down. But what about a swing? A fellow ferret parent had this idea and I thought I would share it with you. Continue reading DIY Ferret Toys—Swinging Fun
Wild Alaskan Salmon Oi—Good For Ferrets?
Salmon, in general, is an excellent source of vitamin B12, vitamin D, selenium and a good source of niacin, omega-3 fatty acids, protein, phosphorus and vitamin B6. It is also a good source of choline, pantothenic acid, biotin, and potassium.
When used in moderation and sourced from reputable brands, salmon oil is a beneficial addition to a ferret’s balanced diet. Not only is it good for a ferret’s skin and coat–helping with dry skin, itching and adding shine– but it is also beneficial for their heart, eyes and joint health.
Salmon oil is a great treat that can be used for distracting your ferret when clipping nails or cleaning ears.
The benefits of salmon oil have influenced many pet owners, including ferret parents, to incorporate salmon oil into their fur babies’ diets. Overall, supplementing with salmon oil is good for pet health; however, too much of a good thing may have adverse effects. Continue reading Is Wild Alaskan Salmon Oil Good For Ferrets?
Are there Actually Ferret Playpens?
Playpens are not just for toddlers and puppies! Ferret playpens are gaining popularity.
If you have a ferret (or 2 or 6), you know that they can get into lots of trouble when left unattended. However, it may not always be practical to keep an eye on your ferret while they’re out of the cage—especially if you have more than one. Ferrets are often bored in their cage and just sleep. Or they may get determined to break out. One of my ferrets, Toby, likes to grab onto the rungs of the cage door and pull and shake it with all his might, trying to escape.
Ferrets need plenty of time out of their cages in order to be happy and healthy.
One way to provide your ferrets with playtime is to use a ferret playpen. Although a ferret playpen is not a substitution for one-on-one playtime for you and your ferret, it can add a new and fun experience for your ferret. The right playpen can provide a safe and confined area for your ferret to play, relax and nap. Ferret playpens can serve a variety of functions such as a portable, confined area when traveling and a safe way to be outdoors. Continue reading Ferret Playpens—What to Look for
Triming Your Ferret’s Nails – Step By Step
I have often been asked how I keep my ferret’s nails so neatly cut and trimmed.
Many ferret parents leave it to the Vet to take care of this grooming necessity. However, it’s not that difficult if you know a few tricks.
Ferrets cannot keep their nails at the proper length on their own. They don’t get worn down much naturally and grow quickly. If left untrimmed too long, a ferret’s nails will start to curl and grow under her paw and even into it.
When your ferret’s nails are too long, they can have tears, sharp points, and ragged edges. She can easily catch them on bedding, furniture or carpets. This could break the nail, tear it, or rip it off completely. Your ferret could further injure herself from trying to free her paw.
I know of a ferret mom who found one of her ferrets dangling from her cage hammock by one nail! She caught her nail in the fabric when she tried to get out of the hammock. I can’t imagine how much that must have hurt. She was lucky no permanent damage was done. Continue reading How To Trim Ferret’s Nails – A Step By Step Guide
Catit Design Senses Food Treat Maze Review For Ferrets?
As popular as ferrets are, there are just not as many products specifically designed for ferrets as there are for cats or dogs. That being the case, I am always on the lookout for pet products that may work well for ferrets—one such product is the Catit Design Senses Food Treat Maze.
The Catit Design Senses Food Treat Maze is designed for cats, but can be a fun and stimulating toy and feeder for ferrets!
The way the Catit Design Senses Food Treat Maze Toy works:
- Food/treats go into the maze.
- Your ferret reaches in, or climbs in one of the openings and moves pieces of food or treats from the top of the maze tree to the bottom.
- As the food or treats move through the maze, they collect in the food tray at the base of the feeder toy–ready to be eaten.
A rotating disc inside the maze allows you to increase or decrease the openings for different levels of challenge and variety to keep your ferret interested. Continue reading Catit Design Senses Food Treat Maze Review: Is It Good For Ferrets?
Marshall Playpen Review For Ferrets
A playpen can be a valuable addition to your ferret supply repertoire.
The proper playpen can provide your ferret with a safe place to play in a confined area. It can come in handy in a multitude of situations. However, it’s important to get your ferret the right playpen–one that is ferret proof and suits your particular needs.
Marshall offers a playpen for ferrets (as well as other small pets). Let’s take a look to find out if the Marshall Playpen is a good choice for you and your ferret. Continue reading Marshall Playpen Review For Ferrets
Prevue Pet Products Playpen Review–For Ferrets
Are you looking for a ferret proof playpen? Somewhere to keep your fuzzies out of trouble?
Playpens can be used in a variety of situations, for a variety of purposes. It’s important to get the right playpen for your particular needs.
Prevue Pet Products offers a playpen for ferrets (and other small pets). Let’s take a look to find out if the Prevue Pet Products Playpen is a good choice for you and your ferret.
Continue reading Prevue Pet Products Playpen Review–For Ferrets
Catit Flower Cat Water Fountain Review
Does your ferret like to play in his water bowl?
The Catit Flower Cat Water Fountain may be a fun and less messy way for your ferret to play in the water!
The Catit Flower Cat Water Fountain is praised by cat parents as a great product at a great price. But what about ferrets? Ferrets and cats (or kittens more specifically) have a lot in common when it comes to playing. Although neither ferrets nor cats generally enjoy baths, many like to play with water in their own way.
The main purpose of the Catit Flower Cat Water Fountain for cats is to have a fountain of fresh water to drink from. However, the main purpose of this water fountain, for ferrets, is to have a fun, interactive water toy! Continue reading Catit Flower Cat Water Fountain Review—For Ferrets
How to Clean Ferrets’ Ears Safely
Cleaning your ferret’s ears should be a regular part of caring for your ferret. To keep your ferret healthy, it is important to make sure her ears are free of debris and discharge.
Ferrets’ ear wax should be red, brown, or gold-colored. If you notice very dark brown or black debris or discharge, be sure to take your ferret to your Vet. Your ferret may have an ear infection or ear mites. Left untreated, these conditions can turn into severe health problems for your ferret. Continue reading How to Clean Ferrets’ Ears Safely