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ive been looking for another ferret for a few weeks now because the one I have seems lonely and bored, i finally found one but its 4 hours away ive already messaged the person selling the ferrets and organized to get her this Saturday but I'm concerned how the ferrets will go on the long car trip. the one i have currently can stay at home if needed but i don't really have a choice with the other ferret I'm buying, she'll have to come. from what ive read ferrets don't like car trips, is there any ways i can make it less stressful for her?
Post by evelynnwith3furbuts on Jan 2, 2018 19:19:24 GMT -5
well what you can do is make the place she is in a confy type thing like a blanket or favorite toy.If the place you are buying her has a play room or somewhere to let her play, wear her out so she will sleep throw the trip
I took one of mine on a thousand mile plus round trip in November. He adored it.
He had a sturdy carrier to travel in. I put a puppy pad down on the floor and made a little hammock to fit above it, just a piece of cut-down towel with tape binding the edges and making loops at the corners. I used paracord to tie the hammock up through the air slots in the carrier. He spent almost all his time while we were moving curled up in his hammock snoozing comfortably. When I stopped every 3 or 4 hours, he came out to run around inside the car, get a drink of water from a bowl and have something to eat (I’d taken chopped rabbit for him, one of his favourite meals), even have a run around outside on a harness and lead in the grass. I’d made sure he had his distemper jab in time before we set out, though, and we knew each other pretty well. I wouldn’t risk taking a ferret who didn’t know me and whose vaccination history I didn’t know out on a lead in a strange place.
I’d got him used to both carrier and hammock on a couple of rides before the big trip, but all my ferrets (I have 8) travel very happily in their carriers, with hammocks made to fit and puppy pads on the floor. I take plenty of spare pads so I can change them out whenever we stop, so they have a nice clean carrier and not a filthy stinky one, and all of mine, even the youngest, have been on multi-hour drives without the slightest sign of distress. If anything, they seem to find the change of scene stimulating! There’s usually some scrabbling and digging at the door for the first few miles, then they just curl up and sleep contentedly until we stop.
I don’t put a water bottle on the carrier in case the ferrets bang against the end of the spout when the car’s moving and bumping on the road (there’s no such thing as a perfectly smooth flat road) and hurt themselves. I take a water bowl and a bottle of water so they have freshly poured clean water at every stop.
Make sure you know what food she’s used to and get some in ready so she doesn’t have to face strange food as well as a strange place - you can wean her over to whatever your preferred diet is at leisure when she’s settled in. Ask if you can bring maybe a bit of her bedding or a favourite toy with her, so she has something familiar to cuddle up to in a strange place.
All the ferrets I’ve owned and most of the ones I know travel very happily. I’ve heard of one that gets a bit dribbly and bug-eyed if he doesn’t have a hammock, but that’s all. I’m sure your new girl will be fine - and it’s only for a few hours, after all. Let her play herself out, as suggested, before you load her into the car and she’ll probably sleep all the way home.
Ferrets: Contessa Kitties: Watson, Oskar DIP Sinnead, Vincent, Boris, Zeus and Athena, Willow, Mr. Frodo, Indie, Lucrezia, Judge, Odin, Miss Emily, Suki, Cody, Aristotle, Butterscotch, Frankenfurter. RIP Herne, Ligeia, and Mr. Stubbs