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Exercise and Play

Ferrets remain active throughout their lives, and they love to play. Your ferret should have no fewer than 4 hours out of his/her cage each day to play with you or other ferrets. Vigorous, interactive play will help to keep your ferret healthy and happy. Many ferrets enjoy the outdoors and can be taught to walk on a leash; however, they should no be permitted to run loose at any time and should be held or on a leash while outdoors.

Making a safe play area

Ferrets love to explore, and if they can get their heads through a hole they can squeeze their bodies through in no time. Check and secure air ducts and other holes, close any windows within your ferret's reach, and look at things from your ferret's point of view (floor level) to make sure you've spotted all potential trouble spots. If there's a gap between the base of your kitchen cabinets and the kick plate, make sure this enticing area is blocked off or you may spend an entire evening coaxing your ferret out of his new "hidey-hole". Ferrets also quickly learn how to open kitchen cabinets, so child safety locks are a good idea.


Plants: House plants should be kept out of reach of ferrets. Not only will ferrets dig up and chew on them, but some plants are toxic to animals when ingested and can make your ferret very ill.

Chords & Appliances: Some ferrets will chew on electric chords. Be sure that there are no exposed or accessible chords. Check to be sure that your ferret cannot get into, under, or behind appliances.

Home Hazards to Avoid: Always check the laundry before putting it in the washer or dryer because laundry is often a favorite ferret nap spot. PLEASE BE CAREFUL