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Having a pet ferret in your home is indeed a fun experience. However, taking care of them also means that you should ferret proof your home. Not only should you concern yourself with giving them the right nourishment but also giving them a safe home to live in.

The first step in ferret proofing your home is making sure that you block all gaps in which your pet may crawl into. Ferrets do love tunnels, burrows and holes and even artificial ones that are found in your home is no exception. Although ferrets may have extremely sensible intuition regarding these places, it does not guarantee them from not getting stuck in these gaps and holes. The easiest way in finding existing holes inside your house is simply observe your ferret for a while. If he tries to sniff and get into dark corners or areas, even those that are not of your reach, then it is best to block those entrance points.

Furthermore, make sure that equipment and appliances with wires and electrical cords are high or secured enough to avoid your ferret from getting entangled with them or worse from biting off from them. If you have appliances that have harmful parts such as fan blades and irons, make sure that they are far from your pet’s reach in any case that he is wandering around your home.

As you ferret proof your home, you should also consider the presence of any polystyrene, soft rubber, or foam materials. Ferrets love to bite, scratch and dig through things and if in case he digs through these materials, your pet can easily ingest them that can further lead to blockages in his digestive tract. Also, make sure to always keep shut the doors of your washing machines and dishwashers. Exploring is one of the many trades of ferrets and when they jump in these appliances, they can in turn sleep in them. So before doing your laundry or dishes, make sure to check the inside of these appliances to prevent any ferret accidents.

As unusual as it may seem, ferrets can also be in a lot of trouble with vacuum cleaners and fire places. Since vacuum cleaners have a long sucking tube, your ferret may possible get into it and fall asleep in the bag. Also, fire places can definitely be a risky place for ferrets especially if they get too close to them. Make sure that your fire place is properly sealed in order to prevent your ferret from going in and climbing up the chimney.

Aside from these common house hold appliances, make sure that you carefully stack away any materials which contain harmful chemicals. Your medicines should be placed inside a medicine box that is far from their reach. Besides this, make sure never to use human medicine in treating your ferrets. They naturally have a different make up from us, and therefore a different type of treatment is needed if they get sick. Also, your house hold cleaners should be kept in a place that can never be reached or opened by your ferret. These materials do contain harmful chemicals and if in case your ferret licks them or consumes them, it may become poisonous to their bodies.

Moreover, if you have carpets in your home you may want to give it a second thought. Ferrets love to crawl inside dark areas and beneath your carpet may just be the perfect area for them to snuggle in and fall asleep. There may be an instance that you do not notice them sleeping beneath the carpet and accidentally step on them. There are a lot more things to consider in ferret proofing your home. It may be a lot bizarre but at times accidents can truly happen when you least expect it. So in order to prevent these things from happening, make sure that you have made your home a much safer area for your ferret.

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