Saturday, December 20, 2008
Safe Cage Toys
Keeping a ferret entertained in his cage is a bit trickier than keeping him entertained during supervised play time. Anything left in a cage with a bored and unsupervised ferret must be nearly indestructible. Because bored ferrets tend to take out their boredom on the items in their cage, cage toys must be examined daily and discarded immediately if they begin to show signs of wear. Probably the greatest little invention (and perfectly suitable for cage play) is a thing called an edible ferret toy. Ferrets can chew and rip these toys apart, but because the toys are easily digested there is little concern over the ferret suffering from intestinal blockage. Another safe cage toy for a ferret is a set of plastic keys - the ones that are given to babies. These plastic noisemakers can be clipped to a cage and some ferrets will enjoy knocking then about. Boxes, bags and crinkly paper, though great entertainment for supervised playtime, are not at all suitable for cages as they can quickly become a hazard. Bags, boxes and crinkly paper are easily ripped apart, creating a situation where a ferret may get its head stuck in a hole and suffocate or panic and injure itself or it may swallow a piece of the material and become ill.