How to hold a ferret safely

Ferrets really enjoy spending time with their human companions are usually happy to be picked up and cuddled.

If they’re frightened or accidentally hurt, ferrets can give a strong bite. Getting them used to being picked up when they’re young is really important. If they’re handled from an early age, ferrets will be really laid back, enjoy your company and love being picked up for cuddles.

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.

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