When you share your home with a ferret, you know that they are fun, playful, and highly curious 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 energy balls are almost always ready to play.
As well as putting a smile on your face, play time is an important factor in keeping your ferret happy and healthy.
A bored ferret is a destructive ferret!
You will get into anything and everything that is both frustrating and dangerous.
However, with a little caution and planning, you can avoid a trip to the ambulance! It can be a stressful AND expensive experience!
There's no denying that we love our pets.
In fact, it is reported that Americans spent $ 95.7 billion on their pets in 2019, which contributed to a hugely successful pet industry!
Owning a pet can be expensive. From vet bills and grooming to groceries and treats, it's important to consider your financial stability before bringing home a new family member.
The good news is that you don't have to break the bank to give your ferret the exercise and entertainment it craves.
In fact, there are many great options for DIY ferret toys and accessories …
Many of the best toys can be made from items that are currently lying around your house!
Check out these fun DIY ferret toys and accessories!
The secret to the perfect homemade ferret toy is the KISS method – K.eep It S.implement S.stupid!
You don't need an elaborate or expensive creation.
Just think about the last time you bought a fancy toy for your pet, only to find it pulls on the box …
Remember that your ferret will try to put anything and everything in its mouth.
For this reason, it is important to avoid toys with small breakaway parts or toys that are not designed for additional abuse.
For example, while you can buy dog toys, it's better to look at the one designed for larger dogs.
Avoid flimsy toys for small dogs or cats.
A good rule of thumb to remember – NEVER give your ferret anything that is not recommended for children under 3 years of age!
That being said, here are some fun, safe, and inexpensive options for DIY ferret toys and accessories:
# 1 – boxes and paper bags
Let's start with the simplest and most obvious option.
As I mentioned above, many pets are completely overlooked expensive pet toys in favor of packaging, so roll along!
You can create fun structures and mazes by putting boxes together, cutting holes, and much more.
If you are creating a larger structure by stacking boxes, make sure they are secure to avoid accidental injury.
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# 2 – golf balls or ping pong balls
Here is another solution that requires little to no effort.
If you want to go a step further than offering your ferret just the balls to play with, consider creating a tug toy by placing a ball inside a sock and tying the sock to hold it in place.
# 3 – PVC tubing and dryer vents
We've all seen the sophisticated tunnel systems we can buy for our ferrets, but did you know you can make something similar at home?
A single tunnel allows for a fun game of hide-and-seek, or you can add multiple tubes.
Create elaborate playgrounds by combining these tunnels with the boxes above and you can make your own ferret palace!
Notice: Ferrets are highly intelligent, so they want to provide both physical and mental stimulation. A maze is a great way to accomplish this!
# 4 – tow toys made from old clothes
Do you have an old shirt or pants that you want to get rid of?
Make a fun tug toy for your ferret before you throw it away.
Sleeves and pant legs are easy to turn into fun toys by balling up the remaining fabric inside and tying off the sleeve the same way you did with the sock above.
Watch these toys for wear and tear as they need to be replaced regularly.
Old clothes are also a great way to create fun and safe tunnels and hammocks for your ferret to explore.
Hide goodies in your clothes and leave them on the floor.
Not only will your ferret enjoy rooting it, the "hunt" will also provide great mental stimulation.
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# 5 – Reuse old shoes
If you share your life with a ferret, you may already have learned that they LOVE shoes.
While you don't want them to ruin your good shoes, old shoes can make fun toys to climb in and around you.
ALWAYS Remove the laces before giving them to your ferret!
# 6 – create a "dig box"
Ferrets, of course, LOVE to dig and dig.
Your dig box can be as simple as pouring dried beans, rice, or sand into a sturdy box and having your ferret dig away.
NOTE: DO NOT use instant rice as it can be dangerous if ingested.
For a more complex grab box, use a clear plastic storage container. Cut a hole in the lid big enough for your ferret to fill in with the item of your choice and watch your ferret dig around in it.
Have you ever tried making DIY ferret toys and accessories? If so what did you do
What is your favorite toy to play with?