How To Bond With Your Ferret? 10 Things To Be Aware Of

How to bond with your ferret

Ferrets are social and active pets if you adapt them in a social environment at an early age. They are quite playful and can easily be trained to do various things.

Moreover, they have a lifespan of around five to ten years. When getting a ferret, you should consider the gender, cost, needs, age, and the number you want.

Your duty to take care of your ferret can be challenging at times. Today, we will look into how you can make a strong bond with your ferret!

There Are Various Ways You Can Bond With Your Ferret:

1. Paying Attention To It.

First of all, analyze your ferret’s body language to relate to it appropriately. Giving your ferret attention makes it feel wanted and will be comfortable with you.

You could let it chase you, or you can chase it instead. Alternatively, you could also make it play with your hand.

For instance, by rotating your hand around your ferret for it to follow the motion of your hand.

Also, allow the ferret to wrestle with your hand for fun. When it is excited, it will make little sounds like chirping.

While playing with them, you should ensure that your hands are clean, free from food scents. You can hold them in your arms when they are sleepy to make them feel wanted.

Moreover, you could play fetch with your ferret or let it chase you. When it plays with you, it is a sign that it loves you and trusts you.

Giving your ferret attention and being able to interact with them contributes to their mental and physical health.

2. Let Them Be As Active As Possible.

By letting your ferret move up and about around the house makes it feel comfortable and brave to play around. This opens a way for building a strong bond with your ferret.

If you have other ferrets around, you should let them socialize and run around together, climb and play.

You can join them by making them fetch things for you while playing to familiarize them better. Try your best not to lock your little ferret in a cage for a whole day.

It has social characteristics like humans, whereby if locked up for long in a cage, may end up depressed or even acquire health problems.

You should leave its cage’s door open, so it may have the freedom of getting in and out whenever it wants.

Ferrets can also dance a bit, and you can play some music and dance along. You will be amazed when your ferret joins you to express how excited it is by jumping up and down in a rhyming manner.

3. Rewarding Your Little Ferret.

You can train your ferret using treats. When it does an expected task correctly, you give it a treat to motivate it since they are easy to train.

For example, when it goes to relieve itself outside the house instead of messing inside, you can give the ferret a treat.

Also, provide the ferret treats while in the house when it eats at the required spot and fetches something that you accidentally dropped.

The treats that you are giving your ferret should be medically approved to be fit for ferrets to avoid complications.

Chocolates should never be given to ferrets. When you are training your ferret, you should not make it seem like a serious business.

At least joke around with it but make it get the training part as expected. Feeding it directly from your hand also enhances its trust and helps to build a strong bond between you and your ferret.

4. Give Your Ferret Toys To Play With.

Giving your ferret toys makes it feel like you are giving them friends to play with. This will make them get used to chewing their things instead of chewing your items in the house.

When buying your ferret a toy, you should make sure that they are no removable parts or small parts that can be swallowed.

5. Holding And Cuddling.

When watching TV, you can hold your ferret in your arms or let it rest on your shoulder.

You should never force your ferret to stay with you since it might want its time alone, and you should let it be. You could also rub its stomach in a circular motion to show them affection.

A ferret shows affection by licking you or when it always wants to stay near you or wants to be held many times.

You should avoid playing with its face around the nose since it might get irritated. Through this direct contact, it will improve the ferret’s ability to recognize you as its owner and increase bonding with you.

6. Communicating With Your Ferret.

Ferrets can somehow understand human language. Frequently greeting it with good morning in the morning and goodnight at night strengthens the bond between the two of you and makes it get fond of you.

You should never scold or use aggressive words and tone on your ferret. Instead, use soft words when communicating with it because being aggressive will make it afraid of you.

You should not be worried about having a noisy pet! Ferrets rarely make a sound; they mostly make sounds when they are either injured, excited, or frightened by something.

7. Taking It For A Walk.

Taking your ferret outside for a walk creates a specific bond between you and your ferret. It’s a way of exercising it to avoid heart complications due to motion dormancy.

When taking it for a walk, you should avoid contact with other animals such as cats and dogs since they may end up fighting, which is not good.

A healthy ferret should be active, have bright eyes, and produce no discharge from any of its openings.

This includes the nose, ears, mouth, and eyes. You should take care of your ferret to make it happy and stay healthy.

8. Letting It Follow You Around.

Ferrets are somehow curious creatures and will always want to know what you are up to. You should not forbid them from following you around the house since it makes them feel safe.

There is a friendly alternative where you can buy a leash and use it on your ferret to guide it around the house.

Also, control your moods; even when you are sad, don’t take out your anger on the ferret.

9. Involving It In Some Of Your Activities.

When you are doing something in the house, your ferret will want to be involved and thus keep it busy. Doing this will make it get used to you quite well.

It is like an” I want to help” kind of message from your ferret. Ferrets are friendly pets that will always amuse you.

10. Training It.

You could be training your ferret to do certain tasks such as collecting items that you have dropped, climbing up a chair, going to relieve itself outside the house, and taking itself back to its cage.

By training it, you are giving it attention, and it will familiarize with you fast, and if you reward it with treats, the better!

Final Takeaway

You should be aware that ferrets have emotions and therefore, can be depressed at times. Some of the signs of a ferret being depressed are: when it is refusing food when it is just sitting and not playing around with its toys like it is used to.

You should watch your ferret’s moves and moods to prevent it from getting depressed. If you have a dog or a cat, you need to help them get used to each other and be friendly to one another. You should control their movement and their spaces since they might start conflict because of petty things.

At first, you can put your ferret in a locked cage and let your dog or cat look at your ferret from a distance. This will help to avoid physical contact that will help you know the next step of making them find one another.

After a while, you can then let them stay close to each other but most preferably hold your ferret in case the dog or cat may want to attack it.

With time they will get used to one another and play together. You can cut your ferret’s claws or trim them to reduce risks of scratching items in the house that are of fabric material.

Don’t bath your ferret too many times since it may affect its natural coat and its oils, leading to skin complications. You should also be aware that ferrets have a better memory than cats but lower than dogs.

Following the advice mentioned in this article will help you make a strong bond with your ferret in no time!