How to pick up a ferret
Although ferrets are bigger and more robust than other small pets, they can still be injured if they’re handled roughly. Make sure everyone in your household understands how to pick up and hold your ferret.
Ferrets are always more likely to want to be held once they’ve burnt off some energy. Play games with them and let them explore their secure area before you enjoy a cuddle.
Adults and older children should:
- Place one hand under or around the ferrets chest
- Lift and support the hind legs with your other hand
- Hold the ferret close to your body for security.
Young children and ferrets
Due to their size, ferrets are easy to handle safely but can be injured if they’re handled too roughly so always supervise them with children. It’s best for younger children to interact with ferrets at ground level by:
- Sitting on the floor or on a low seat with a treat in their lap.
- Your ferret will likely climb into their lap and take the treat.
- Once your ferret is used to being handled by a child, they can be picked up and cuddled.