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Ferret Proofing Your Home

Eight words every new ferret owner needs to know: Never Step on a Lump in the Rug.

Ferrets are curious little creatures and fearless to boot. If there’s a hole, they’ll find it; an opening, they’ll squeeze through it; a new place to explore, they will explore it. And many a ferret has met an untimely end because an unsuspecting human has stepped on, sat on or trapped a ferret in a place it shouldn’t have been to begin with.

Ferret owners must be vigilant in protecting their pets, supervising them when possible, and ferret-proofing the house to protect both house and ferret from harm.

“I recommend that the ferrets be out when the family is home, but when you’ve gone to work or school, they should be in their cage,” says Randy Horton, director of Especially Ferrets, the country’s largest ferret shelter, located in suburban Denver. “There’s a time and a place for ferrets, and alone in the house is not one of them. Picture leaving a 5-year-old alone in the house. Imagine what you might come home to. Well, ferrets are just like a bunch of 5-year-olds. They need supervision.”

Safety Tips for the Home

“Those reclining mechanisms are especially hard on ferrets,” Horton says. “We see so many broken tails, broken legs, broken necks from those. It’s sad. If you won’t get rid of your recliner, make sure you’re looking at your ferret in its cage while you recline in it. And make sure no one lets the ferret out while someone is in the recliner. Because if you don’t, sure enough, that ferret will find a way to crawl up inside the recliner and may get squashed.”