If Your Ferret Gets Outside

First, take the ferret outside occasionally so it gets used to the area around the home and the smells. This way if it does get outside, it’s more likely to be able to find its way back. Also, introduce the ferret to your neighbors, so it if does get outside and near their home, they will know what it is and whose it is and be able to contact you.

It is important to find the ferret as fast as possible. Ferrets cannot see well to find safe places to hide when outside. They can be killed by cars, people and other animals. There is no time to lose once you know the ferret is outside.

Gather some people together and have them scour the area looking and listening for movement of the ferret. If the ferret knows its name, have everyone call the ferret’s name while they are looking, but listening at the same time.

If you have a second ferret, take it outside on a leash and harness or by holding it. Sometimes the smell of the other ferret will make the lost ferret come out.

If the ferret responds to a squeaky toy, as some do, have a few of the people squeaking toys to try and get its attention. (Everyone shouldn’t be squeaking a toy, as it can be overwhelming and cause the ferret to just hide.)

Put a carrier in the front of your home and in the back of your home with some of the bedding that has the ferret’s scent on it in the carriers. It may smell the bedding and come back.

Put the ferret’s favorite food and/or treats, along with water, in the front and back of your home. Don’t worry about other animals getting into it, just keep it out there until you find the ferret or for at least five days.

Place a free ad in the newspaper under Animals Lost.

Post on Craigslist under Pets, saying ferret lost.

Call every pet rescue, animal control, humane society, pet store and vet in the area to give your information in case someone calls about finding a ferret.

Put up flyers throughout your neighborhood, in vets’ offices, in pet stores and anywhere else you can. Offer a reward on the flyers and it will get more people looking.

Tell some kids in your neighborhoods of the missing ferret and there is a reward if they find it.

Try to keep dogs and other animals away from the area to keep the ferret safer.

Remember, it is also possible the ferret is hiding somewhere in the house and you just can’t find it.