Is That a Toy or The Next Bowel Obstruction?

by amy brockman · 4 comments ===> Tags: , ,

Funny title? Maybe. But it’s not such a funny predicament.

Bowel obstructions, aka intestinal blockages, are one of the leading cause of emergency surgery in ferrets. It’s also one of the most common causes of death. Considering the size of a ferret’s intestines, it’s not surprising that what goes in often has trouble coming out. Ferret’s intestines are approximately the size of the barrel of a ballpoint pen.

The message below was part of an email I received this morning which got me to thinking about ferret toys and prompted this post.

Q: Can ferrets play with KONGS?
A: NO NO NO!!! There’s a rim at the top, and they are able to chew this off.

I had always believed the Kong toys to be one of the safe ones. Apparently not. So what exactly is a safe toy for a ferret?

I decided to do a bit of research and see what others had to say.

Nearly anything can be a safe toy if correctly supervised during play. It’s the toys which are to be left out for the ferret all day or toys which they will be allowed to drag off to their hidey hole which you need to be extremely careful to check for safety. Below are suggestions I’ve found which are deemed to be safe for ferrets.

  • Plush toys with sewn on features. Don’t allow ferrets to have stuffed toys with hard plastic eyes. These type come unfastened and the small pieces can be swallowed. Continue to monitor stuffed toys. If the seams begin to come undone on the toy and stuffing is coming out, throw it away or sew it back together. You don’t want your ferret chewing on and swallowing the stuffing.
  • Socks tied in a knot are a great toy. You can also wad up an empty potato chip bag and stuff inside the sock for sound effects that ferrets love.
  • Empty bags, boxes, tubes or bottles to run through and hide. The more the merrier.

I know there’s more to be said on this topic. Write me a comment below and let me know what safe toys you have for your fuzzies.

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iphone 5 October 9, 2011 at 4:01 pm

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amy brockman October 9, 2011 at 4:49 pm

Thanks. I appreciate the feedback.

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Joni October 9, 2011 at 5:19 pm

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amy brockman October 22, 2011 at 7:38 pm

Joni, thanks for visiting and thanks for the comment. Love to hear from the visitors. 🙂

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