Ferrets are energetic, curious, inquisitive and intelligent creatures that require a high degree of intellectual stimulation. Simply put, they get "bored" easily. Ferrets are most likely to stay out of mischief when they are provided a wide variety of toys to capture their attention. Just like a new puppy, they love to explore anything unfamiliar and exciting.
To begin, ferrets should be getting 3-4 hours outside of their cage every day--at minimum. This is critical to having a healthy, happy ferret. Ferrets are not cage animals, and are only caged for their own safety during times that are not supervised playtime. They can't run, wrestle, dook or dance very well when they're inside their cage. So cage-free time is very important. With the right selection of toys, your ferret will LOVE outside playtime--and will be ready for a deep snooze back inside the cage when it's all over!
Ferret toys need not be complex--like cats and small children, they're fans of the classic empty box. Paper grocery bags also fit the bill, as well as anything that crinkles or makes noise (tissue paper, ferret-safe packing peanuts, bubble wrap.) These improvised toys must all be used under tight supervision, as there is always the risk that the ferret could ingest material that could ultimately lead to an intestinal blockage--which can be fatal.
Safe, interactive toys are a great way to satiate ferrets' curiosity without worrying that they might injure themselves. Having a selection of toys is ideal, so you can rotate them in and out, and fuzzies are less likely to grow tired of them. Just like little kids, they will become SUPER excited to see a toy that's been put away for a while! Some toys, like our new Starfish, double as an interactive toy as well as a sleeping pod. Other toys that serve this dual purpose are the Bear Rug, Octo-Play and Igloo. It's fun to see how many ferrets can fit inside each of these toys!
Other ferret favorites include:
- The Pop-N-Play Ball Pit - ferrets love this because it satisfies their natural urge to dig. They love wrestling each other in the balls. It's a good idea to get an extra ball set to add depth.
- Super Thru-Way- These tubes satisfy the ferrets' urge to tunnel.
- Ferret Teaser Toy - ferrets love to chase this! It's a great way to encourage them to do flips and spins, too.
Use these toys to keep your ferret happy and engaged--and worn out! After all, a tired ferret is a happy ferret!