Everyone loves playing with their pets! Smaller critters get a bad rap for not wanting to play with their human companions, but nothing could be further from the truth.
Ferrets love to play! You just have to make sure that you pick the right games.
Digging for buried treasure
One common complaint centers around the fact that ferrets love to dig. Instead of thinking about this behavior negatively, turn it into a fun way to play!
Any animal hospital will tell you that the instinct to dig is natural in ferrets and cannot be stopped, so provide your pet with an acceptable way to dig instead. Fill a medium-sized box with shredded paper, dirt, or even packing peanuts. Then, bury his favorite toy or a delicious treat at the very bottom. He’ll love rummaging around to find it, and you’ll be entertained watching him.
Cats aren’t the only animals that love to chase! Ferrets are obligate carnivores, which means in the wild, they must hunt for their food. Dragging a toy around the room is a great way to encourage this natural instinct.
A simple string may be all it takes to get your ferret running, but you can also make a stop by the pet store and purchase a feathered cat toy. Play with your critter with a wand toy or purchase small furry mice and your little guy might just surprise you by learning how to play fetch!
With an interactive game like tag, more intelligent, larger animals, like dogs, are most likely to come to mind, but don’t underestimate your smaller furry friend. Ferrets are smarter than you think!
To play tag, get down on your hands and knees and chase your ferret. He may not know what you’re doing in the beginning, but he’ll soon catch on to the fact that you’re following him around the room.
When you finally catch him, ruffle his fur a little bit, and then take off crawling in the opposite direction as fast as you can. If he doesn’t catch on, try enticing him to come after you. Once he figures out how to play, you’ll have a hard time returning him to his cage!
Looking for more fun game ideas? Plan a visit with your local animal hospital for pet care tips!