I sometimes wish I could be in the head of my ferret to understand what the heck it is thinking as it runs down the hall with my shoe thumping along. Why does he want to play with my shoe when I have a whole box of great toys for him??? The rubber heels and insoles are sooo bad for him and I just know he’s going to start chewing as soon as he is hidden under my bed!
I am going to show you some of the bad toys that have come in to the shelter with a ferret just in the last couple of years. I have thrown out three times the amount at least but never thought to take pictures.
I’d like to give you all one very important piece of advice because for every bad toy I am displaying, there are 20 more not featured. How to make sure you are buying a safe toy irregardless if there is a cute ferret picture of the package? Simply ask yourself this question –
CAN MY FERRET CHEW OR INGEST ANY PART OF THIS TOY?
Watch for buttons or beads for eyes and noses. Check for beads used for stuffing. Never buy squeaky toys made of soft vinyl or soft rubber. Soft foam balls packaged for ferrets-NOT. Leave teething rings filled with liquid for your human babies. Make sure handles or cords can not wrap around your ferret’s neck. Don’t give a toy so small that the ferret can get stuck and suffocate such as used paper towel or toilet paper rolls?
I was wondering if my fettet can have stuff animal toys
A lot of ferrets play with stuffed animal toys. You have to see how your ferret behaves with the stuffed animal. If he wants to chew it then it is a bad idea. I strongly recommend against any stuffed animal that has those little white beads for the stuffing. You can feel them when you squeeze the stuffed toy. I feel that it is too much of a risk that the ferret chew threw the material and consume some of the beads. I also choose my stuffed toys carefully; avoiding those with eyes and nose, whiskers that my ferrets could easily chew off. I will sometimes buy that toy but snip the button style eyes and whiskers off when I get home. My favorite type of stuffed animal is the one with painted or threaded eyes and nose and I can feel that it is made of batting and not foam.