Ferret Proofing

Just because your home has been ferret proofed before does not mean it is safe for the next ferret. Every ferret is different for what it will try to get into.

  • Block off the kitchen when the ferret is out. Ferrets can climb under appliances and get electrocuted, stuck or even escape. A ferret can climb a baby gate or claw through it. (The rescue ferrets have access to the kitchen, but everything is blocked so they cannot get behind or under any appliances or cabinets.)
  • Pick up EVERYTHING small off the floor. Ferrets can and will eat anything small they find on the floor. This can cause a blockage requiring emergency surgery.
  • Check under all cabinets to make sure there aren’t any holes in the corners. If there are, they must be blocked. There are almost always holes in the corner of kitchen cabinets and under bathroom cabinets. There may be holes in the walls behind the cabinet where the ferret can escape. There can be things under the cabinets that can hurt the ferret. The ferret can get under there and not want to come out or it can go to the bathroom under there and you can’t get it cleaned up.
  • Block any space of 1″ or more if you don’t want the ferret in that area, including under doors, through pet gates, etc.
  • Be sure the ferret can’t get to the laundry area. This is the way many ferrets escape or get hurt. They claw or chew through the dryer hose. They can also crawl under or in the back of the washer and get hurt or stuck.
  • Keep any small object picked up off the floor, even if it is not edible. Ferrets are very curious and may eat anything that’s small enough. A lot end up in emergency surgery every year because of this, and many die from it.
  • Ferrets should not be around recliners. Ferrets crawl up into recliners and get crushed when the recliner is pushed into the reclining or sitting position.
  • Ferrets should not be around rocking chairs. When a rocking chair is being rocked, a ferret can get seriously hurt by running under the leg.
  • Ferrets will scratch through screen. Don’t allow them to get near it.
  • If you have hardwood or linoleum floors, put down throw rugs, sheets, towels, etc. to keep the ferret from slipping and spraining a foot or leg.
  • Remove any bug or mouse traps or spray. Only use bug sprays that are safe for ferrets and allow to dry before letting the ferrets be around it. Never use flea bombs with ferrets in the house.
  • Consider getting magnets on cabinet doors. Ferrets will eventually learn how to open the doors.
  • Keep toilets closed. Ferrets can pull themselves up and get in the toilet, then drown.
  • Ferrets will dig in dirt. So keep house plants out of reach.
  • If you find there’s something the ferret likes to chew on, remove it and everything like it. Some ferrets will chew on vinyl or latex toys, others on socks, and so on. If they do, these things must be taken away or they can get a blockage and die.
  • Ferrets are great climbers. They will climb on furniture, up the cage, on beds, etc. If they can get to a cloth on something, like a tablecloth, they will use that to pull themselves up. Once they get up, they will get into anything they can. Also, they cannot always get back down. If they can’t easily get back down, they may seriously hurt themselves trying to do so