FAQ - Ferret Proofing
"Ferret Proofing" involves blocking off all holes in the house, making cupboards inaccessible, blocking access under and at the back of fridges and other appliances and ensuring there is nothing dangerous within reach.
The best way to do this is to get down on the ground and see things from a Ferret-Eye view, as there are many nooks and crannys that can't be seen from up high.
If your home is large or of an older style, it may be impossible to completely ferret proof the whole area. In such cases it is recommended that you have designated ferret zones which are safe and secure, and use child safety gates or similar to stop the ferrets from getting into places they aren't allowed.
Ferrets can get into lounge chairs, kitchen bins, baths, toilet bowls, drawers from underneath etc. You name it - they can get into it!
Sofa beds are generally discouraged as ferrets find them irrisistable, and as they are difficult to inspect before sitting on they have been responsible for numerous deaths by crushing.
Watch out for heaters and air conditioning ducts as well as gaps under doors and anything that might act as a step to get up to a window.
Ferrets generally do not have much ‘sense of direction’, so if one escapes outside you may not get it back.
If your ferret does escape, getting it back could depend on how well trained it is. Unlike dogs, ferrets will not obey you out of love and respect. You can, however, teach them to come to you if they think they are getting something out of it.
Using a cat toy with a distinctive squeak can work very well as a training aid. Making the squeak noise and rewarding with a treat when the ferret comes means you have a greater chance of getting a lost (or hiding) ferret to come to you when needed.