I’ve spent a good bit of money on toys for Rikki and Possum. Some they loved, and some they didn’t play with at all. So before you shell out your hard-earned dollars for the latest and greatest ferret gizmo, ask yourself these questions:
- What does this ferret toy do exactly? If it’s just another ball that makes noise, is it really worth the price (especially if the sound is irritating to you)?
- Is it designed with ferrets in mind? That cute chew toy may not be built to withstand a ferret’s strong teeth and claws. That stuffed animal may have fibers that could become lodged in your ferret’s digestive tract.
- Is this the best price I can find for this item? It really does pay to shop around. That internet bargain is not such a great deal when you add shipping, handling, and sales tax. That discount store may have exactly the same ferret toy you found in the pet store for a much lower price (or it may have a knock-off version by another manufacturer).
- Is there a good return policy? What if your fuzzy just doesn’t like the toy? What if the toy doesn’t do what it promises to do? A reputable dealer will offer you a refund if you return the toy (along with a receipt and the packaging) within a reasonable amount of time.
With that being said, here are a few of my top ferret-toy picks:
- Another ferret. Ferrets are social animals. They need plenty of company for their well-being. If you’re going to own a ferret, you may as well consider adopting one or two or more. Yes, it will cost more money, but a ferret with company is a happy ferret.
- A deluxe cage. Some people scoff at buying a ferret cage with all the “bells and whistles” on it. They think a cage is just a cage. But keep in mind that the cage is your ferret’s home. So a cage with tunnels, ramps, and multiple levels will keep your ferrets entertained during the hours you can’t be with them.
- Tube systems. Tube systems for ferrets and similar pets are great because they are specifically built for small animals. You know the tubes will withstand a lot of wear and tear. Many of them can be configured in a variety of ways and even twisted into corkscrew turns so you can entertain your ferret (and yourself) for hours. And most of them are ferret safe – but always make sure before you buy.
Choose ferret toys wisely, and both you and your ferrets will be happy.