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DIY Ferret Toys– Swinging Fun

DIY Ferret Toys--Swinging FunDIY Ferret Toys– Swinging Fun

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.

This simple idea is quick and easy and can give your ferret  some swinging fun. All you need is a hanging planter and a safe place to hang it.

If your ferret enclosure is large enough, you could hang it inside the cage, but usually it is better to find another place. Depending on the type of hook you use for hanging the swing, you could hang it from a plant hanger or even from a closet clothes rod. You could even hang it outdoors from a tree or patio overhang.  Whatever you hang the swing from, be sure it can withstand a lot of movement and the weight of your ferret or ferrets. If you hang it outside, be sure not to leave your ferret unsupervised. You wouldn’t want him wandering off. Wherever you hang it, make sure it is in a safe area and don’t hang it too high. If your ferret jumps or falls out, you don’t want him to get hurt.

DIY Ferret Toys– Swinging Fun

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The type of swing you make is up to you. I recommend that it is deep enough so your ferret can’t easily fall out and large enough to have room to move around. You could use a large plastic dome shaped planter with an attached chain (like the one shown), a square wooden box that you drill holes in and hang with rope, or even a wicker basket. You could add leaves or bedding material or toys to the swing to make it even more fun.

I would not recommend using the type of planters with the coco coir liner, however. Your ferret will probably dig at it, tear it apart and make a mess. The example shown of a DIY ferret swing doesn’t require a lot of assembly and comes in lots of colors, so you can choose a bright, fun color or a more neutral, natural tone.

If you would like more ideas for DIY ferret toys, check out Ferret Tunnels and Tubes.

Your comments are always welcome.

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12 thoughts on “DIY Ferret Toys– Swinging Fun

  1. That’s kind of a good idea. I like the idea of using a hanging basket as a sort of toy to move around in. Good idea with having the swing be near the ground, wasn’t thinking about the ferret getting out of the swing.

    I’m guessing the swing is going to have to be plastic, because what you said about the coco liner, it would probably rip that to shreds. The only thing is, what about size?

    Cause ferrets are pretty long, so you’re going to need some sort of big hanging basket right? Like I can’t imagine a ferret being in a small planter, the planter has got to be somewhat big. Can the ferret also pee or poop in the swing or does it generally not do that? Just curious.

    Thanks for such an original article. You sound like you have a lot of really good ideas going forward.

    1. Hi Jake
      Thanks for reading DIY Ferret Toys–Swinging Fun an leaving a comment/question. In regard to the swing material, plastic is probably best. Other materials can also work, such as acrylic or wood. Yes, it is important to have the swing deep enough to give a ferret room to move around without falling out right away. The planter I have listed in the article is a good option. Ferrets generally don’t use this as a litter box, but if left in the swing for a long time and he has to go…

  2. Is ferret ownership a popular thing now? I have never thought of having a ferret for a pet.

    The DIY Ferret Toy swing idea is a great thing and I can see that this would be good for any cat lover as well. It is simple to make and will provide hours of entertainment for them as well as for you.

    It is easy on cost and a creative thing you can do that will blend in with your house and furniture.

    Great idea.

    1. Yes, Donald ferrets have been popular pets for years!The DIY Ferret Swing can also be used for cats–especially kittens. However, you may need a much bigger pot! Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment.

  3. Wow I never knew that ferret swings exist, that’s cute to be honest.
    Your site is provided with good quality informations and most important it is readable,
    You have very unique content here, good work.

    1. Thanks for kind words about Ferret Lovers, Goran.

  4. My good friend had a ferret growing up it was awesome. Only thing was every time I’d stay at his house it would bit my big toe in the middle of the night haha. That swing looks really cool. I’m glad is easy to find more and more things now for ferrets when he had his it was so hard to find stuff for it.

    1. Hi Brandon
      Yes some ferrets love toes! You are right that are more ferret toys now than in the past–when ferrets were just becoming popular pets. We ferret parents love to spoil our ferrets!

  5. I love ferrets and I owned one as a kid. You are correct when you say they like to play. We owned a dog also and the ferret would bit the dogs paws and run. Her name was April and she would hide potatoes in different places in the house. We even fed her cat food. I love the idea of a DIY swing. It sounds really easy to make and the items needed for it are easy to obtain. Thank you for the great ideas and bringing back some awesome memories!

    1. Hi Davona,
      I’m happy you enjoyed the article on DIY Ferret Toys and that it brought back fond memories of your ferret April.

  6. Hi Sandra,
    I am amazed about the similarities of our “normal” cats and ferrets. For to say the truth, I have never seen a ferret so far and was not aware that you can have them as pets. Maybe here in Europe it is not so common?
    Anyways, I enjoyed the video of the cat playing with this fancy toys! People are very creative and thoughtful to think about what our animals find interesting!

    1. HI Heidi
      You need to get out more! There are lots of ferrets in the UK and I’m sure there are in other countries as well.

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