Transporting Your Ferret(s)
Any time you’re going to take the ferrets anywhere, it’s best to awaken them ahead and of time and give them a chance to use the bathroom first.
Use a plastic carrier for transporting the ferret. A box or canvas carrier is not safe enough. If the ferret is loose and gets under your feet when you’re driving, it could cause an accident or hurt the ferret. Also, there are many holes under the dash and the ferret can possibly get into the engine compartment. Ferrets can claw through a carrier with mesh on it. It’s best to use a plastic carrier with a metal or plastic door.
Most important, if you are in an accident and the ferret is loose, the ferret could die. This can happen from being thrown around the vehicle. It can also happen from the door popping open and the ferret escaping.
Put a bath size thick towel in the bottom of the carrier. This helps make a floor to the bottom of the carrier, so the ferret doesn’t slip and slide. (The ferret can still slip and slide on a pee pad, blanket or thin towel.) This also absorbs any messes the ferret may make and keeps the ferret from getting it all over themselves.
Even better is to hang a hammock in the carrier, running the hooks through the holes on the side. This way the ferret can be up in the hammock and away from any messes it makes. Plus, if you have to slam on the brakes, the hammock lets the ferret sway in the carrier rather than being slammed to the front of it.
Always use the seatbelt through the handle of the carrier to keep it secure in the car and safe in case of an accident.
If it’s going to be a trip over an hour, there should be food and water available in the carrier for the ferret. Also, in case of an emergency, tape a card on the carrier with information about the pet in the carrier, you and an emergency contact.