Are Your Baby Ferrets Safe?
Baby ferrets are some of the most active and curious creatures you’ve ever seen. They have a tendency to get into everything, which makes it surprisingly hard to keep them safe. It requires a watchful eye to keep them out of harm’s way. There are some preventative measures you can take to make your job a lot easier though.
On the top of any preventative safety list needs to be vaccinations. The two primary vaccinations for baby ferrets are distemper and rabies. Distemper is a series of four shots usually a few weeks apart, but it is one of the most deadly things a ferret could get if contracted.
When it comes time to let your baby ferrets play, it may not be the best idea to let them roam free in a big house or apartment, at least not initially. There are so many things that you could overlook or just forget about during routine house maintenance. I’d suggest you go about ferret proofing your place systematically. You remove all items you consider a danger in one section then watch them play there. If there are no problems, you can move on should you so choose.
What kinds of things could be a danger to baby ferrets though? They have flexible skeletal systems and can squeeze into many things you wouldn’t think they could. The problem is, sometimes they get stuck and suffocate. Be aware of what kinds of things that they could put in their mouths. They may chew it up and break it, or swallow it and choke on it. These are common problems even with toys.
If your goal is to eventually let your baby ferrets roam the house freely, you always need to be aware of what spaces your movements are making that they could hide in. For example, they can climb into a space created under a recliner, so check before you lower the foot rest again. Also watch out when doing laundry.
Keeping baby ferrets safe isn’t an easy job by any means, but awareness is one of the keys. A simple aid would be getting a collar with a bell around it to let you know where your ferret is at all times. Always be a vigilant ferret parent and your kits will stay safe.