Ferrets love playing games! It’s a fact. Sure they can can be sleepy animals, but when they’re up and about they can be great fun and you’ll need to be creative to keep them entertained. So today I want to share with you a few fun ferret games you can play to keep them playful and happy.
So Let’s dive in and look at five ferret games that you and your ferret can have great fun with…
Ferret hand hunt
This is one of those cute little ferret games that you can play with the minimum of fuss. Grab a treat, let your ferret get interested in it, and put both hands behind your back. Hold it behind your back in one hand and quickly bring both back in front. Let your ferret sniff and play to work out which hand it is in. Give them a pat and a tickle when they get it right.
Ferret Lucky Dip!
Grab a large box of ping pong balls, tightly screwed up paper balls, or old rolled up socks. Now fill a bid tub (like a baby bath or garden bin up with them and hide some treats inside the tub. Let your ferret dive in and dig around and find his rewards!
Ferret fishing for treats
Grab a stick like a piece of cane or bamboo. Tie a string to it and tie a treat to the other end (Like a ferret chew stick). Now you can dangle it in front your ferret, lead them around, and watch as they enjoy chasing after their favorite treat.
Hide and Go treat
Grab a load of hidey hole type of ferret friendly objects. This can include loo rolls, plastic tubing, roll nest, cardboard boxes and so on. Layout them to form a cluster of possible hidey holes, nooks and crannies to create a little ferret village. Now hide treats and watch as your ferret explores and searches for their playtime snack.
Ping-pong jump attack. This is one of those ferret games that some ferrets will absolutely love while others will take it or leave it. Grab a ping pong ball and get your ferret interested in it. Now bounce it up and down on a hard surface (wooden or tiled floor) and see your ferret jump, hop, and grab after the ball. Loads of fun.
This is the simple game of tuggy, you grab your ferrets favorite toy and then shake it in front of them, they will then grab onto it and start to try and pull it off of you, the game has begun! You can now play tug of war with your ferret, being gentle of course as they are only little!
Hide and Seek
Usually this is a game that just happens because your ferret is being mischievous! They love hiding and tunneling where ever they can, remember to be careful and not let them get where they shouldn’t!
The idea with fetch is to start off with playing tuggy, then move onto throwing their toy, this helps a lot if their favorite toy is slightly smelly as ferrets do not have the best eye sight in the animal world, throw it slightly away from them and they will usually come back and start to try and play tuggy again!
This game is a strange one, most ferrets do it, but if you give your ferret tiny little toys, sometimes they will take it off you then go and hide it, if you keep giving them little treats they could do the same as well, this game is great as you can find our their little hiding place which they think is oh so secretive!
I love this game, if you have a really gentle docile ferret then you can slightly push them over on their back and rub their tummy, they love this, if you don’t have a gentle but playful ferret, you can pick them up and lie them on your arm like a baby, whilst keeping a good eye on the mouth area, then you can tickle there tummy whilst maintaining more control as the alpha ferret!
Ferrets love chasing mom or dad, if you nudge them away a little using a toy then run off ferrets will mostly start to chase you out of curiosity!