OurPets Catty Whack Toy is actually intended for cats. But that doesn’t mean ferrets can’t enjoy it too!
Ferrets and cats have a lot in common. One big similarity is that cats and ferrets have hunting instincts that they like to use when playing. Another similarity is, like cats, ferrets sleep a lot. But, when they are awake they need to be active and expend all that energy they store up while sleeping. Cats and ferrets both need mental stimulation from play to keep from being bored and to fulfill their hunting instincts. Physical activity from play keeps pets physically fit and enriches their quality of life. More than just exercise, playing also relieves anxiety, stress, and boredom. We all know what happens when a ferret gets bored and starts looking around for something fun to do!
OurPets Catty Whack Toy–Review for Ferrets
OurPets Catty Whack Toy is an unpredictable motion and sound game where hunting instincts are activated in play. This interactive toy is specifically designed to encourage independent play. It’s a type of hide & seek action game with a fast-moving feather wand that peeks out randomly from different places. The erratic movement of the teaser keeps your ferret’s attention as he tries to figure out which of the 6 holes the teaser is going to peek out of next.
Other features included a chirping/squeaking sound that your ferret may find interesting. It has a carpeted top so your ferret has a soft place to plan his attack from above. The bottom of OurPets Catty Whack Toy has 4 non-skid rubber feet, which keep the toy from sliding around as your ferret plays. There is an automatic shut off that turns the toy off after 10 minutes–probably long enough for most ferrets’ attention span. The dimensions are 10” x 4” x 10” and it takes 4 “C” batteries–not included.
OurPets Catty Whack Toy–Review for Ferrets
Unique interactive toy
Stimulates natural hunting instincts
Encourages independent play
Unpredictable feather teaser movement
Multiple ferrets can play at the same time
Non-skid rubber feet
A replacement feather wand tip is included and you can purchase additional ones
Feather teaser can come out if ferret catches it and pulls it hard enough
Some ferrets may decide to pull the entire toy around by the feather
Can’t turn off sound
Can’t adjust time for auto shut off
Supervising play recommend
Ourpets Catty Whack Toy–Review for Ferrets
OurPets Catty Whack Toy may be a great option for ferret parents looking for a unique ferret toy where hunting instincts are activated in play. Like cats, ferrets are intrigued by the erratic movement of the teaser and have fun trying to catch it. Because the feather teaser can be pulled out if your ferret catches it and pulls hard enough, supervising your ferret while playing is recommended.
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
Did you know you can have your floors vacuumed and entertain your ferret at the same time?
Ferrets need a lot of attention and lots of different toys and fun experiences so they don’t get bored. As ferret parents, we are always on the lookout for new ferret toys and things we think our ferrets will have fun with while distracting them from having fun with our things (socks, slippers, pens, remotes…)
The problem is, ferrets have a short attention span. They may play with a toy for a little while or may just stash their toys in one of their favorite hiding places.
Some interactive toys or self moving toys keep a ferret’s attention longer. One of my ferrets loves her walking toy kitty She bounces at it as it moves until she knocks it over. I have to keep standing it up so it continues to walk and she continues to jump at it.
These interactive ferret toys are great and many ferrets love to play with them. Some ferrets, however, play with a toy for a short period of time and then lose interest in it and never play with the toy again.
Many of us spoil our ferrets and although we may be disappointed that the newest ferret toys we brought home did not impress our fur babies, we are all too eager to try something else. You can’t beat the joy of watching a ferret play–it never gets old!Continue reading Ferret Toys–Rumba For Ferrets
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 he is 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.
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
You may not have thought it possible, but you can train your ferret to come when called!
This “trick” is actually very handy and could help get your ferret out of harm’s way. What if your ferret got behind the stove, crawled into an opening in the back of a cabinet you didn’t know was there or got outside? What would you do?
If you could train him to come when called it would save a lot of time and anxiety.
However, as you know, ferrets are not like dogs. You can’t expect a ferret to just come to you when you call his name just because you want him to. He has to have a really good reason. Unlike dogs, ferrets are not motivated by praise, attention and the desire to please you. A ferret is only interested in one thing–a tasty treat. Continue reading How to Train a Ferret to Come
If you love ferrets, you probably love ferret-themed stuff. I know I do!
So if you want to cuddle with your ferret and your ferret isn’t a cuddler, here is the next best thing–ferret stuffed animals! I feel that you are never too old for stuffed animals! Plus, if you have a ferret or are a ferret lover, you don’t have to worry that someone might question why a grown woman or man has a stuffed animal. Everyone will think it’s normal because you love ferrets. Personally I have quite a few ferret stuffed animals. Ok, more than a few!
Ferret stuffed animals are not something you see everyday, unlike other pet stuffed animals –cats, dogs, bunnies… I have had many people ask me where I found my stuffed ferrets. To help you find a ferret stuffed animal to call your own, I have compiled a diverse selection of ferret stuffed animals that should suit a variety of tastes. There are black footed ferrets, hand sculpted ferrets, ferret puppets and even ferrets with an online counterpart! Continue reading Ferret Stuffed Animals–Find Your Favorite
The Marshall Ferret Octo-Play Sleep Sack Toy is an interactive toy and cozy bed for one or more ferrets. It’s designed with features ferrets love–places to explore, burrow, and hide. Ferrets can tunnel through the legs and peek out of the openings. When they get tired, they can curl up for a nap in the soft octopus body.
With 5 legs (not 8) and 11 openings, there’s lots of places to explore and hide.
The fact that this ferret sleep sack toy cannot be machine washed and dryed, could lead some ferret parents to not even consider purchasing it. But, I have found a solution that may be suitable. I wash these types of toys in a lingerie bag in the washing machine with warm water. I prefer to turn them inside out, but if that is not possible (like with the Octo-Play’s arms) I spray a stain remover inside. I also put them in the dryer for a few minutes on low to get some of the moisture out so they dry faster. Continue reading Marshall Ferret Octo-Play Sleep Sack Toy Review
Ferrets love to play. Ferrets love to burrow. Ferrets love to sleep.
The Marshall Pet Bear Ferret Sleep Sack Toy is popular among ferret parents because it offers all these options. The Marshall Pet Bear Ferret Sleep Sack Toy is a cute “bear rug” with several features ferrets enjoy.
First, there are many places to explore and burrow in. The bear has paws with openings that can be used like tunnels. The bear’s mouth is also open and there is an opening in the bear’s back for more entry/exit points. These openings provide lots of hiding places and fun for multiple ferrets. Second, this bear rug is soft and cozy–providing ferrets a cuddly place to sleep on or in.
Specifics of Marshall Pet Bear Ferret Sleep Sack Toy
Can be used by other small pets, such as rats, hedgehogs and guinea pigs
Not good for chewers
Summary of Marshall Pet Bear Ferret Sleep Sack Toy Review
The Marshall Pet Bear Ferret Sleep Sack toy is popular among ferret parents. It offers one or multiple ferrets the opportunity to burrow, play and sleep. It has multiple entry/exit points and is soft and cuddly. What more can a ferret ask for?