For some people, the best part of owning a ferret is dressing it up. Manufacturers know this, and they’ve made it easy to find a seemingly endless array of hats, T-shirts, hoodies, and other garb. But what ferret clothes do you really need?
The answer should be obvious: ferret clothes are not needed at all. Mother Nature provided your ferret with all the clothing it really needs – a nice warm coat designed to protect it from the elements. The only time your ferret may actually need ferret clothes is if it recovering from surgery or an injury. In that case, ferret clothes can provide a little added protection to help the site heal.
Still, there are many ferret owners who just enjoy dressing up their pet ferrets whenever they go out. Ferret clothes can make it easier to distinguish their pet when socializing with other ferrets. They can also make it easier to find a ferret if it goes wandering off.
But, face it, most of the time ferrets wear clothes because the owners find them cute. Thus there are ferret clothes for just about any occasion: sweaters, hoodies, and T-shirts are available for just about every interest, including sports, holidays, and so on.
There are also many types of ferret hats on the market, including baseball hats, Santa hats, Cat-in-the-Hat stovepipes, and countless others.
Often, ferret-related organizations, such as rescue groups, will host a ferret fashion show as part of their regular meetings. These are great places to meet other ferret owners while having fun and raising money for an excellent cause.
Naturally, ferret clothes are available from a variety of vendors – and at a variety of prices. The largest supplier is, not surprisingly, Marshall, which produces many other ferret products as well. Because the ferret world is a clothing-optional one, only buy the outfits you can afford and will actually use. If possible, check the quality of the items – usually less expensive items will be of lower quality and be more likely to tear or shrink. If you buy online, be sure to carefully read the vendor’s return policy and get a receipt.
If you want to save money, you may be able to find used ferret clothes and other supplies at online classified advertising sites. As with any other purchase, you need to know exactly what you’re buying and that the seller is being honest. Check each clothing item to make sure it is intact. If the item has been worn by another ferret, find out about its health to ensure your ferret won’t “inherit” a skin disease or other health problem.
Surprisingly, while there are a variety of ready-made ferret clothes, there are seemingly few patterns for them. A crafty ferret owner may be able to adjust patterns for dog or doll clothes to fit, but it takes a certain amount of know-how to do it.
If you choose to make ferret clothes, watch out for dangling parts that could get caught between cage bars or on other obstacles. Remember, your ferret loves to chew things and could easily gnaw off and swallow that cute bell or button. Drawstrings can become knotted and easily strangle your pet. Wool clothing can be chewed and swallowed, obstructing the digestive tract. Ferret clothes can be dangerous for your pet.
Also, remember that ferret clothes should not be worn all the time. Your ferret’s skin and fur need to breathe. If clothes are kept on constantly, your pet ferret’s skin will dry out, and his fur will become matted. So take off the clothes and let your fuzzy kids run free. Be sure to wash the clothes regularly to remove any germs or bacteria they may have been picked up along the way.
You may discover that as much as you love that adorable winter coat, your ferret will balk at putting it on. In that case, you have two options. The first is trying to persuade your ferret to sit calmly while you put the item on it. Set the ferret on your lap and feed her a favorite treat or gently stroke her fur while you carefully put the item on. No matter what you do, your ferret may or may not fight you every step of the way.
The other option is to simply accept your ferret’s answer and try again another day or send the item back to the retailer who sold it to you. (You did keep the receipt, didn’t you?)
Ferret clothes are not for everyone or every ferret, but they can be a fun part of pet ownership. Have fun with your fashionable fuzzy. And find out more about the many aspects of ferret “parenting” here.