If you share your home with a ferret, then you know that they are fun, playful, and highly inquisitive animals. Keeping your ferret entertained can be a challenge, but it doesn’t have to be expensive! Here are some simple, easy to make DIY ferret toys and accessories…
Life with a ferret is never boring! These furry little balls of energy are almost always ready for playtime.
Not only will playtime bring a smile to your face, but it is also an important factor in keeping your ferret happy and healthy.
A bored ferret is a destructive ferret!
They will get into everything and anything, which is both frustrating and dangerous.
However, with a little caution and planning, you can avoid a trip to the emergency vet! After all, that can be a stressful AND expensive experience!
There is no denying the fact that we LOVE our pets.
In fact, in 2019 it is reported that Americans spent $95.7 billion on their pets, contributing to a wildly successful pet industry!
Owning a pet can be expensive. From vet bills and grooming to food and treats, it is important to consider your financial stability before bringing a new family member home.
The good news is that you don’t have to break the bank to provide you ferret with the exercise and entertainment that it craves.
In fact, there are many GREAT options for DIY ferret toys and accessories…
Many of the best toys can be constructed from items that are currently laying around your home!
Check Out These Fun DIY Ferret Toys and Accessories!
The secret to the perfect homemade ferret toy is the KISS method – Keep It Simple Stupid!
You don’t need some wildly elaborate or expensive creation.
Just think about the last time you splurged on a fancy toy for your pet only to find them gravitating to the box…
Keep in mind that your ferret will try to put anything and everything in their mouths.
For this reason, it’s important to avoid toys with small parts that could break off or toys that haven’t been designed to withstand a little extra abuse.
While you can purchase dog toys, for example, it’s better to look at those designed for bigger dogs.
Avoid flimsier toys designed for small dogs or cats.
A great rule of thumb to remember – NEVER give your ferret anything that wouldn’t be recommended for children 3 and under!
That being said, here are some fun, safe and low-cost options for DIY ferret toys and accessories:
#1 – Boxes and Paper Bags
Let’s start with the easiest and most obvious option.
As I mentioned above, many pets will completely overlook expensive pet toys in favour of the packaging, so roll with it!
You can create fun structures and mazes by putting boxes together, cutting holes and more.
If you are creating a taller structure by stacking boxes, ensure that they are secure to avoid an accidental injury.
#2 – Golf Balls or Ping Pong Balls
Here’s another solution that takes little to no effort.
If you want to go a step further than just offering the balls to your ferret to play with, consider creating a tug toy by placing a ball in a sock, tying the sock to hold it in place.
#3 – PVC Tubing and Dryer Vents
We’ve all seen the elaborate tunnel systems that we can purchase for our ferrets, but did you know you could make something similar at home?
A single tunnel will allow for a fun game of hide and seek, or you can attach multiple tubes.
Create elaborate playgrounds by combining these tunnels with the boxes mentioned above and you can create your own ferret palace!
Remember: Ferrets are highly intelligent, so you want to provide both physical and mental stimulation. A maze is a great way to accomplish this!
#4 – Tug Toys from Old Clothing
Do you have an old shirt or pair of pants that you are planning on getting rid of?
Before you throw it out, why not make a fun tug toy for your ferret?
Sleeves and pant legs are easily converted into fun toys by balling up any remaining fabric inside, tying the sleeve off in the same way that you did the sock above.
Watch these toys for wear and tear as they will need to be replaced regularly.
Old clothing is also a great way to create fun and safe tunnels and hammocks for your ferret to explore.
Consider hiding treats within your clothing and leaving it on the floor.
Not only will your ferret have fun rooting through it, the ‘hunt’ will provide great mental stimulation.
#5 – Repurpose Old Shoes
If you share your life with a ferret, you may have already learned that they LOVE shoes.
While you don’t want them to destroy your good shoes, old shoes can create a fun play toy to climb in and around.
ALWAYS remove the laces before giving them to your ferret!
#6 – Create A ‘Dig Box’
Ferrets naturally LOVE digging and burrowing.
Your dig box could be as simple as pouring dried beans, rice or sand in a sturdy box and allowing your ferret to dig away.
NOTE: Do NOT use instant rice as this could be dangerous if it is ingested.
For a more complex dig box, consider using a clear plastic storage bin. Cut a hole in the lid big enough for your ferret, fill it with the item of choice and watch as your ferret digs around inside.
Have you ever tried to create DIY ferret toys and accessories? If so, what did you make?
What is your ferret’s favourite ‘toy’ to play with?