MY ferret wont stop begging at the door

United States
April 28, 2008 9:38am CST
HELP ok my ferret has gotten out a few times and by miricle we found him. WELL now i let him out at least a little while everyday. But, now he wont play, he will only beg at the door to be let out. He lets me still pet him, and licks me and he still eats and drinks, and sleeps. So i dont think its depression. I wonder whats wrong with him and what i can do. If you have any advice i will greatly appriciate it.
5 responses
@phoenix25 (1543)
• United States
8 May 08
Ferrets are explorers by nature due to their curious streak. Most ferrets will be obsessed with going into another room or area of the house they are not usually allowed until they can explore the entire room or area. The best thing I can recommend is to take him out on a leash and harness (as long as he is current on his canine distemper shots) and letting him explore your yard. It will be difficult to not let him explore further than that. Other than that, I don't think there's really anything you can do. He is probably just really curious about outside and he might even like it out there, so you might have to just start walking him once a day outside. If you start giving him daily walks, he might learn that he will get to go out once a day and he might not beg so much to go outside.
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• United States
8 May 08
we were trying the dont let him go outside techniqe to see if he forgets, but i dont know if that will work, he doesnt seem as depressed, but still wont really play, and when he does play its like litarlly 5 seconds, oppessed to his 4 hours he use to play, the old one plays more than him now. I'm also babysitting and i dont think either one likes the kids, they hide all day now. Its sad, but i cant quit babysitting. I just try to give him extra attention at night, but he does seem to still run away from me and back to his bedding area way to soon.
@phoenix25 (1543)
• United States
8 May 08
Just out of curiosity, how old is this ferret and how long have you had him?
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• United States
13 May 08
I dont know how old he is b/c who gave them to me didnt take good care of them, and i have had them almost a year not quite yet. He is better now, playing and being his old self, so i think he may of had a bug for awhile or something
@bcote212 (1113)
• United States
28 Apr 08
Its possible that he feels bored or maybe lonely. I usually tell people if they are going to get a ferret to try to get two so that they can keep eachother company. Luckily neither of my two have ever gotten out of the house, but we did have a scare one time, and ended up finding him behind a bookshelf. My ferrets generally run and jump and try to climb all over everything. The only problem that I have is that they hate being placed back into their cage after playtime. They will run and hide, and sometimes snap at you when they know they are going back into their home.
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• United States
28 Apr 08
I do have two ferrets. and they usually do keep each other company, but my ferret just the last couple of days have been acting liek that, and only sitting at the door, i keep my ferrerts out all the time so they dont have to go back in there cage. i think its just a stage
@II2aTee (2560)
• United States
28 Apr 08
Bcote I didnt know you have ferrets! I have one, but I am seriously considering getting another one. Oliver does not have the run of the house, but he has a BIG cage with lots of toys to keep him occupied when I cant play with him. I try to spend at least 3 hours a day with him.. usually more. I dont think I have the energy to keep up with my ferret! So heres my quandry. I feel bad because even though I spend alot of time with him, I can tell he gets lonely. Should I get another ferret to keep him company? It just dosent make sense in a way for me to get another one because then I could feel guilty about not spending all my time with 2 ferrets instead of one. Know what I mean? And its not that I neglect Oliver, I shower him in attention and presents and kisses and toys he only plays with once... lol.. the list goes on... I just cant spend all my time with him.. I have a job and school. Oh and my main thing is Oliver absolutly adores me.. he gets so excited when I walk in the room and he loves to snuggle, and lick my nose and ride on my shoulder... I am afraid if I get another ferret he might ignore me and like his ferret friend better. How sad is that lol... Any advice?
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• United States
28 Apr 08
my ferrets are good at playing with each other once i get tired of playing with them (if they would ever play again LOL) the older one doesnt like to get attention as much from us humans, but the older one loves it. I only had them for about 5 months and they are just now getting that close to you feeling. It looks liek they were really neglected from there last owners.
@slickcut (8141)
• United States
29 Apr 08
hES GOT A TASTE OF WHAT ITS LIKE TO BE FREE... The only way to stop him is to not let him get outside again..He needs to get back use to his cage or wahtever you keep in in....He might forget about outside in time,,,,
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• United States
29 Apr 08
I was wondering if that would work or let him have a walk outside everyday and then he gets his outside time. I'll try this one first
@minnie_98214 (10574)
• United States
28 Apr 08
All animals love to get outside. He will eventually get bored with it but its new and fun to go outside right now so thats all he wants lol.
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• United States
28 Apr 08
Thats what i was thinking but it was worring me a little because he is the playful ferret that we have, and now the old ferret is playing more than him.
@gemini_rose (16194)
28 Apr 08
I wonder if he can sense a female about? Maybe he has picked up on a scent that he likes the smell of and wants to investigate it a little more. Other than that I do not really know as I do not know much about ferrets!!
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