Ferrets under bed? Yeah, we’ve all been there. Ferrets are really good at finding the smallest hole and crawling into it. It can be cute, but sometimes it can also be dangerous. Here are some tips on how to keep your furry friend from making a home under your bed.
Don’t let your ferret in your bedroom begin with
Free-roaming is great for ferret and owner alike, but there are some places that need to be off-limits for the safety of both. The bedroom is often one of those places.
This is the easiest way to keep your ferret from going under your bed, and it’s also the best way to keep your ferret from getting into places they’re not supposed to be.
Of course, it’s not always an option to keep your ferret out of your bedroom. If you must let them in, there are some things you can do to prevent them from going under your bed.
Put the box spring or mattress on the floor
This isn’t the ideal solution, but it’s definitely one of the fastest and most effective. If you can’t keep your ferret out of your bedroom, put the box spring or mattress on the floor.
This will make it much harder for them to get under the bed.
Unfortunately, having a mattress directly on the floor can lead to other less desirable issues, such as mold and mildew.
So it makes a great, quick solution, but as a permanent one, it’s not the best option.
Use a ferret-proofing kit
There are kits available that will help you ferret-proof your bed (and any other areas of your home that you want to keep them out of).
These kits usually come with some kind of netting or fencing that you can put around the perimeter of your bed.
This will create a physical barrier that your ferret won’t be able to get through.
Small spacer chicken wire can also work well for this as long as the space between the wires isn’t too large. If your ferret is able to get in, not only does it defeat the purpose, But metal doesn’t stretch like fabric and your ferret could end up getting stuck and hurting itself.
Build a wooden plywood skirt barrier around the bed
This is an option that takes a bit more handy work, but it’s definitely doable and will create a very effective barrier.
Cut some wooden plywood sheets to fit around the bottom of your bed frame.
You should be able to attach them to the bed frame or box spring without damaging the floor, just leave a tiny space underneath so the ferret can’t squeeze in, but it doesn’t scratch up the floor.
This is a great option if you’re handy and want to create a more permanent solution.
One thing to keep in mind is you may no longer have access to the underside of your bed. The solution to this is to add a door and hinges and a magnetic latch to one of the sections so you can still get in there if you need to.
Buy a platformed bed frame that’s already blocked off
A platformed bed frame is just like using wooden plywood, except you don’t have to do any of the work yourself. They also tend to look much better.
The downside? The price of these types of frames can be upwards of $200usd.
These types of beds can be pretty expensive. But if you have the money and don’t mind spending it, this is a great solution to the problem.
As you can see, there are a few different ways that you can keep your ferret from going under your bed. Ferrets are curious creatures and will often times find the smallest hole to crawl into.
For any small holes you can’t find a good way to block, consider using ducktape.
Ducktape is a favorite tool among ferret owners because it’s strong, sticky, and can be used for a variety of different things.
Just remember to replace it once and a while as ferrets will still try and dig through it, But will eventually figure out they can’t get in there anymore and will give up.
Staying consistent with whatever method you choose is the key to success. If you give your ferret an inch, they’ll take a mile. But if you’re consistent and persistent, eventually they’ll give up and find something else to occupy their time.