I think you'd be surprised how well they may behave. Leon tends to wonder the farthest, but will come back every time. They know the borders we put up and don't typically go out of our sight. If you have an extra pair if hands, it may be helpful!
Hope it helps I ended up looking for these when the first winter came for my first boy, and I realized that it's dark all day for almost half a year so there's no way I can take them out only during daytime.
I personally give rabies and distemper yearly, also put anti flea/tick/earmites drops before taking them, and if there's mosquitoes, i do heartworm prevention. may sound paranoid, but better safe than sorry
I'm in the UK so no rabies shot for my babies. But yeah, if I take them I will want them upto date on EVERYTHING! No good them picking something up. I don't worry at the moment as they don't go outside often (Bolin still hasn't been out since coming to me).
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Rolo is living in an intermediate dog crate atm because I took apart his cage for the move. It's a pretty good temp set up and what I'd use if I was going to take him camping. I'd also never let him loose without a harness... I know some ferrets can reasonably be trusted to not run off, but Rolo would be gone in an instant. I don't know that I would worry too much about vaccines, as they last longer than most people realize, but definitely the heart worm/flea & tick prevention is a must.
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I know I'm a bit late in on this but please be very careful camping. There are a number of issues, caging, heat, wild animals but the biggest that comes to mind is because they're out of their environment they will just wander off if they get out. I just picked up a little girlie, Mimsy, last weekend. She wandered into a garage looking for people. She was thin and covered with fleas. Luckily for her the fellow who was working there's wife is a member of the local cat rescue. She took in Mimsy and they tried to find her people. We never did. Conclusion...she was either dumped or she wandered off one of the several campsites in the area. There is nothing else there. It's in the middle of nowhere, all there is are conservation areas and campsites. Very few houses (they did a door to door). It was a long weekend and the first big camping holiday of the season. She's just a baby. Not any older then 9 months. She was in fantastic shape considering. She's been well cared for and is a gentle, playful wee thing. She knows how to use a litter box. I know a number of people who are on here who've taken their ferrets camping. They had a wonderful time albeit a very busy one because caring for a pet when you're not at home is difficult. Make sure you have your first aid kit with you. Rabies is not an issue when you're in the UK but find out if the area you're planning on going to has had a recent distemper outbreak or not. A vaccine is only a fighting chance, it's not a cure and it's not a preventative. Ferrets can get distemper whether they've been vaccinated or not if the virus is strong enough. What it offers is a fighting chance for the body to recognise and fight off the virus before it gets overwhelmed....most times the ferret looses. Good luck. You will have to post pics of your little ones enjoying the wilderness if you take them. ciao
Few tips that have come from camping for years! Glow sticks/Bracelets every animal gets one at night ( so does the people ) that way you always know where they are at! also i would totally recommend a hard crate (dog crate ) that way they have the security and you have a secure place to leave them if you need to run to shower the store or what not-- also they cant be got into while your gone by other critters. Im assuming your gonna feed raw and you will need to make sure you keep a supply of raw with you. coolers arent great at keeping meat froze you will need to go and restock on a regular basis. I would totally suggest a cooler that you only use for them. and use large pieces of ice-- made from cake pan, 2 liter bottles and gallon jugs that way it will always stay cool.
i would also plan on taking everything you need and then take what you don't think you will need to--
ferret emergency kit Pumpkin pet friendly soap ( incase you need to bathe them) Water -- the water may not be to their liking litter / litter boxes Warm blankets / cool blankets -- temps in a temp go from one extreme to the other in a few hours tie out stake / leashes and harnesses toys play pen pictures in case they get miss placed glow sticks ( they are 100% non toxic-- we had a dog who chewed on them and had to call poison control.. dont ask LOL ) plastic gloves to handle raw food, hand sanitizer Clorox whipes to clean up bowls and what not cutting board, knifes, scissors