I'm considering moving across the country. Because ferrets aren't allowed on Canadian airlines, I would have to drive. It will be about a week, give or take, with a 7 or 8 hour ferry ride. I have a couple of questions about preparing for this.
I currently have three girls. Two older, and one baby. They need to be separated because the baby and the two older girls don't get along yet. (I say yet with hope!) I was considering buying a fair sized dog crate (being wary of the bar spacing of course) and separating it into two smaller cages. I think this would make it cheaper and a lot more convenient. Has anyone ever done this, or have any suggestions?
I'd also like any tips anyone has for taking such a long trip with ferrets.
Some ferrets are travel sick, those that aren't would be fine in a crate as long as they can't fit through the bars and those that are travel sick would be better off in a pet carrier. To tell if your ferrets are travel sick then take them in the car and drive around for about 1/2 an hour, if they are travel sick, they will dribble.
I've travelled across Europe with ferrets. Driving they were just fine in a large dog carriers with hammocks and litterbox and stuff. We would stop every 3 or 4 hours, put harnesses on and walk around. On the cruise ship we let them free roam the cabin (or take turns if they don't get along). Same in the hotels. No problems at all, we'll likely do it again this year. Have a safe trip!
I've never had issues with travel sickness. My guys love to travel. You can give them some RR (rescue remedy) to take the edge off as you get going. My crew have always viewed travelling as an adventure, even Dodger. I use a couple of (my first pet) carriers, furbed out with hammies or cubes, a litter box and snuggle blankets. What I like about them is...high edges to prevent spills. What I don't like about them...doors are easy to open(easy fix...one latch to lock the door) I also tie the bottom to the cage. I have 3 sizes from tiny to double doored. I believe they're guinea pig and rabbit homes (they actually came with rescued ferrets....way too small for a residence but great for travelling) I believe you can also deck out a verikennel (seen them at shows). Most dog crates the bars are too wide spacing to keep a ferret comfortably confined. Do not get a soft side for travelling. Many ferrets will go right through the sides. Do invest in a ferret playpen, that way they can exercise safely while you're at the hotel (do not leave your ferret alone in them as they can escape. I purchased an 11 side Marshals play pen with the added top and bottom. The bottom is absolutely necessary. It will keep any accidents off the carpeting and floor. Make sure you also call and confirm any hotel stays and that the hotel allows ferrets...not just pets. There have been incidences in the past where people and their ferrets have been asked to leave. ciao
My ferrets' permanent home is a large pen made out of several Marshals fences, and luckily they've never found a way to escape unless I had a tall object along the side that they could climb and jump from. The canvas bottom works pretty well but I've had to replace one before when the ferrets had too much fun digging at it and made a hole. It never did seem very water proof to me, as water spills seemed to absorb through it, but that could have just been after some wear and tear. You could always add a layer of plastic sheeting or a tarp underneath the pen flooring to guarantee its waterproof-ness.
Last Edit: Jan 28, 2016 16:34:30 GMT -5 by raynebc
This is all very helpful!! The ferry we're taking will only allow pets in a special room for their kennels, or kept in the vehicle. So I think it would be best if we just kept them in their cage during the boat ride. Thank you!!