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How to Train a Ferret to Come

How to train a ferret to comeHow to Train a Ferret to Come

Can you really train a ferret to come?

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

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National Ferret Day–April 2

 

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Get ready for National Ferret Day!

National Ferret Day is April 2nd in the U.S.

Celebrate ferrets and ferret lovers!

National Ferret Day is the perfect opportunity to spoil your ferret and/or to give a gift or send a card to the ferret lover or ferret parent!

Check out some of the unique ferret themed merchandise in my store-ferret backpacks, ferret jewelry, ferret lawn statues statues…

How are you going to celebrate?

 

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Marshall Ferret Octo-Play Sleep Sack Toy Review

Marshall Ferret Octo-Play Sleep Sack Toy

Marshall Ferret Octo-Play Sleep Sack Toy Review

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

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Marshall Pet Bear Ferret Sleep Sack Toy Review

Marshall Pet Bear Ferret 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

  • Price: under $20
  • Size:  24 x 20 x 3 inches
  • Made with soft fleece
  • Multiple openings
  • Where to buy: Amazon

Pros

  • Ferrets can sleep in it, on it and play inside it
  • Multiple openings for burrowing
  • Large enough for multiple ferrets
  • Machine washable
  • Can be used in or out of cage
  • Cute bear design
  • Many ferret parents say their ferrets love it
  • Can be used by other small pets, such as rats, hedgehogs and guinea pigs

Cons

  • 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?

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Valentine’s Day With Pets—Ways to Celebrate

Valentine's Day With Pets-Ways to Celebrate

Valentine’s Day With Pets-Ways to Celebrate

Giving and receiving chocolate, flowers and cards may be the traditional acts of love that come to mind when thinking about ways to celebrate Valentine’s Day.  These gifts are thought to be shared between 2 people in love. But Valentine’s Day doesn’t have to be just for people.

Sharing Valentine’s Day with your pets can create a special memory. It’s also a good excuse to spoil your best friends with what they love most–generally spending time with you!

Life can be crazy busy. Sometimes we have the best intentions, but life gets in the way and we don’t get to spend as much quality time together with our pets as we and our pets would like. Plan time on Valentine’s Day just for you and your beloved pets.

Whether your family includes furry, feathered or scaled loved ones, there are activities you can do together to celebrate Valentine’s Day with love.

Set aside time for just you and your pets.

Valentine’s Day with Pets-Ways to Celebrate:  Play chase with your ferret. Take your dog for a walk on her favorite trail.  Give your cat a nice ear scratch. Cuddle with your bunny or play your bird’s favorite music. No matter what you do on Valentine’s Day, the most important part is just being with your beloved pet friends.

Valentine’s Day is all about celebrating love. No one loves you more unconditionally than your pets. Tap into your creative side and find ways to show your pets just how much you love them this Valentine’s Day. Continue reading Valentine’s Day With Pets—Ways to Celebrate

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Ferret Cage Accessories–Fun and Practical

Ferret Cage AccessoriesFerret Cage Accessories–Fun and Practical

There are a lot of different options for accessories for your ferret’s cage. Some are necessary and practical and some are fun additions. The type you choose depends primarily on the type of cage you have–number of levels, size and configuration of any shelves you may have.

If you don’t have a ferret cage yet, you can check out my recommendations in this article.

Ferret Cage Accessories–Beds and HammocksFerret Cage Accessories

Ferrets are so energetic and playful when they are awake! But, they need their sleep to recharge. Ferrets may sleep a total of 15 hours a day–often 3-4 hours at a time. 

Ferrets are happiest with two types of beds: sleeping sacks and hammocks.

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Ripple Rug Review For Ferrets

Ripple Rug ReviewRipple Rug Review

Ripple Rug Review For Ferrets

Before I get into the details and specifics of the Ripple Rug For Ferrets, I should point out that the Ripple Rug was designed for cats. But, just because it is marketed for cats doesn’t mean it has to be for cats exclusively.

I have a friend who was cat-sitting. She saw the cat playing in a Ripple Rug and having a great time. When she told me about it I thought it sounded a lot like a ferret toy! And now it is!

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Ferret Toy Ideas–Enrichment Fun

Ferret Toy IdeasFerret Toy Ideas–Enrichment Fun

If you have a ferret, you know how playful and smart they are. Ferrets need a variety of toys for enrichment and fun. They need toys to keep them busy and to arouse their natural problem solving abilities.

Toys also act as a type of therapy for your ferret.  If a ferret is bored or unhappy, it can lead to undesirable behaviors. When he has fun and interesting toys to play with, he will be less likely to look for other outlets to relieve his boredom— such as digging in his litter box, or getting into things around the house.

 Ferret Toy Ideas–Enrichment Fun

What kind of toys are the best for my ferret?

Ferrets generally love toys that stimulate their natural, instinctual behaviors – hunting, digging and tunneling.  Like cats, toys that move in some way challenge their hunting instincts. Many cat toys are also of interest to ferrets. These types of toys include toys on springs, cat teasers, and battery powered toys.

Tunneling and burrowing never gets old. Ferrets can run around in tunnels and tubes all day–the more tunnels, the better. There are many different types of tunnels and tubes. To learn about some of the best options see this article.

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