Tips for Playing with Your Ferret

Have you ever wondered how to go about playing with your ferret? These animals have certain attitudes that are similar to those of cats. Therefore, they'll enjoy having you drag objects across the floor to chase them. Also, because of their flexibility and size, they're very elusive, so the first thing you need to do is secure the play area.
Tips for Playing with Your Ferret

Last update: 27 October, 2020

Ferrets have become ‘fashionable’ as pets for a few several years now thanks to their good nature. They’re friendly, affectionate, and very sociable. They love to be around people and even get along with other pets. However, these animals aren’t very traditional pets, which may leave you wondering how to go about playing with your ferret. Here are some tips and secrets.

The truth is that ferrets are lovely animals, and besides, they don’t require much care. This makes them an ideal animal to have as a pet. If you want to know how to play with your ferret, follow these guidelines.

Playing with your ferret

Perhaps you don’t know the habits of this animal very well and you’ve never had one before. That doesn’t mean you can’t play with your pet and enjoy a good time together. So, what can you do?

The nature of ferrets.

Create a safe area for playing with your ferret

Remember that this animal is small and very flexible, so it’s capable of getting into the most unsuspected places. Therefore, before starting the game, make sure to block off all the ‘open’ areas such as the slots of furniture or armchairs.

Prepare an enclosed area somewhere in the house or garden, and gather different toys. For example, balls and strings. Now, get ready for the action.

Create a box tunnel

One of the objects that your new pet will like the most are cardboard boxes. They love going in and out of them, so once you’ve created a safe play area, we suggest you create a circuit with these.

Make some boxes connect with others, you could even put slides or ladders for your ferret to go up and down. It’s an activity he’ll have a lot of fun doing, and you’ll enjoy watching him. It’s very cheap, too!

Sand pool

We recommend that you carry out this activity on a patio or in the yard. You don’t need a lot of sand–just enough to fill a large bowl or litter box. You can grab some at the beach or ask for some at a construction site.

Ferrets need to dig , as this is an intrinsic virtue. To make this activity even more fun, you can hide different objects that your pet likes under the sand. For example, treats, a toy, or anything else you can think of.


Ferrets love objects that make sounds. Rattles or balls that move and make noise at the same time will be great toys for playing with your ferret. If you don’t want to buy one, you can make one yourself at home with plastic bottles with lids and small pebbles or beans.

Rubber toys with whistles, like the ones you buy for dogs, will also be great. You can see that there are many options to provide games for your ferret.

Socks or fabric

As we mentioned, ferrets share certain characteristics with cats. Therefore, they’ll also enjoy playing if you drag a sock or a piece of cloth, or even throw a ball of string to them.

A ferret sleeping on a hammock.

As you can see, once you understand a little bit about the behavior of these animals, playing with your ferret won’t seem so hard. Just have a little imagination and take time to enjoy your new pet. But don’t forget the first step: Create a safe and secure play area for your ferret before you start.

This text is provided for informational purposes only and does not replace consultation with a professional. If in doubt, consult your specialist.