Moving with Ferrets: The Ultimate Guide

Moving your ferret from one location to another can be stressful for the ferret and its owner. Ferrets are naturally curious and love exploring new places.

This can be a good thing when you’re planning to move your ferret to a new home, but it can also make the transition to a new environment difficult for your ferret. Ferrets are territorial animals and tend to feel insecure when they’re new.

Moving your ferret can be somewhat of a double-edged sword. On the one hand, ferrets make excellent pets. On the other hand, ferrets are highly mobile animals that need to navigate their surroundings easily.

If you have ferrets and are planning on moving, you’ll need to know how to prepare your ferret for a move.

Whether you’re relocating your ferret from a new home or simply taking it to the vet for a checkup, it’s essential to handle the move with care. Preparing for ferret moving is no easy task.

You can do a few things to make the process as smooth as possible for both you and your ferret.

It can be hard to figure out how to pack your ferret up safely and stress-free. But with a bit of planning and a big dose of patience, you can get the job done.

This article will discuss the critical points to moving with ferrets and common mistakes ferret owners make when moving ferrets.

What You Need To Know When Moving With Ferrets

Plan Your Move Well In Advance

The first step to moving with ferrets is, of course, planning the move. This will help you prepare in the best way possible and plan on how you’ll transport your ferret(s).

If you’re keeping them in a cage, ensure it’s secure and sturdy. Keep in mind that the cage will be traveling through a car and possibly an elevator, so it needs to be durable enough to handle those stresses.

Transporting Your Ferret

Ferrets can be transported by car or plane, but you should never put them in a box and ship them off. If you don’t have an alternative way to get your ferret to its new home, it might be best to leave it behind until you can get there yourself and bring it with you.

As previously mentioned, moving with ferrets is no easy task – so if at all possible, don’t ship your ferret.

Prepare The New Home

Moving with ferrets requires a little bit of extra preparation on your part. You’ll need to prepare the new home before bringing the ferrets in.

Ferrets are very clean animals and will not be happy in a dirty environment, so you should make sure that the place is spotless before they move in.

You should also make sure that there aren’t any items lying around that could potentially harm the ferret(s). If you have children, make sure they know not to play with or rough-house with the ferrets.

Bring Some Familiar Items From The Old House

Another thing to think about is bringing some of your old items to your new place – especially if it’s a big move and you won’t be back for a while. This will help the ferrets adjust to their new home, and it will help them feel more at home.

Bring New Toys In A Travel Bag

When you move with ferrets, bring some new toys that they’ve never seen before. This will help keep them entertained when they first arrive at their new home and encourage them to explore the place without getting bored.

You should also bring a travel bag for any too large items to carry in your hands (like litter boxes or food dishes).

Make Sure That Everything Is In The Right Place

This is another thing that will help your ferrets adjust to their new home. This includes their food and water dishes, litter boxes, beds, and toys.

Set Up A Safe Area For Them To Explore

If you have a safe area that you can set up for the ferrets to explore (such as a cat tree), then do it. This will make your ferrets feel more at home and give them something fun to do when they arrive at the new house.

You should also provide a small box or cubby for each of them to sleep in if they want some privacy. If your ferrets are still babies, keep them away from dangerous parts of the house (like stairs) until they’re older and more agile.

Make Sure That You Have Some Time To Relax And Play With Them

After all of the moving, unpacking, and setting up is done, make sure that you have some time to relax and play with your ferrets. This will help them feel more at home and give you a chance to bond with each other. Don’t forget to take lots of pictures.

Don’t Forget To Let Them Out Every Few Hours

Ferrets are very active pets, and they can’t stay cooped up in the house all day. Even when they’re sleeping, they should be able to move around and stretch their legs.

They need at least two or three bathroom breaks a day, and you should also take them out for about 15 minutes a few times a day for some playtime. This will help them get used to the new environment faster.

Make Sure That You Have A Vet

Even if your ferrets are healthy, it’s essential to have a vet. Like any other pet, you should take your ferrets in for yearly checkups and vaccinations.

If you ever have any questions about their health or behavior, you can call the vet and ask for advice or set up an appointment to see them right away.

Mistakes To Avoid When Moving With Ferrets

Not Getting A New Ferret Carrier

If you want to take your ferret with you, you’ll need a carrier. Don’t try to move your ferret without one. If you don’t have a carrier for your ferret, it may be best to leave it at home. Ferrets have been known to do some damage when they get scared and are loose in the car.

They can even chew through the seat belts and injure themselves or others in the car if they get afraid enough. If you can’t find a new carrier, try wrapping them in blankets or towels.

This will help keep them calm while being moved around by assisting them to feel secure. Make sure that whatever method of transportation you use is well padded and secured.

Not Transporting Your Ferret Cage Correctly

The way you transport your ferret cage is essential for two reasons: it will be more comfortable for your ferret, and it will be safer for you. Your ferret cage should be strapped down to the car seat so that the wind won’t affect it as much.

Also, make sure that you don’t put any sharp objects near your ferret cage, like a box cutter or anything else that could damage the carrier. The last thing you want is your ferret to get loose in the car.

Not Taking Along Bedding From Their Current Home

If you want to help your ferret settle into its new home more efficiently, take some bedding with you from its old home. This can help them feel more secure and remind them of their old surroundings while adjusting to their new ones.

Just make sure that it’s not stinky because if they smell something familiar but also new at the same time, it may confuse them and stress them out even more. Keep in mind that your ferret may not recognize the smell, and they may get scared of the new scent.

Not Giving Your Ferret A Familiar Toy

If you’re moving to a new home for your ferret, try to bring something familiar. This can be a favorite toy or blanket that smells like their old home, and it can help them feel more comfortable in their new surroundings.

If you don’t have anything from their old home, try giving them a stuffed animal or another toy that smells like you. This will help them feel more secure in their new environment as well.

Bringing Too Many Things With You

If you’re moving to a new home, don’t bring your entire household.

This is particularly true if you have a small space to work with. According to the American Humane Association, “If your pet is accustomed to a certain kind of bedding, dishes or toys, consider leaving them in their old home and bringing only the essentials in their carrier.”

This will help your ferret settle into their new home much easier and faster when they aren’t trying to adjust to all of these new things at the same time.

It can also help prevent any issues that might come up from having too much stuff in the new place, like getting lost or knocked over or causing an anxiety attack because it’s so overwhelming.

Not Giving Them Enough Time In Their Carrier Before Moving Day

If you plan on transporting your ferret in their carrier as part of your move, they must be used to being in the carrier in advance. Get them accustomed to the carrier by putting them in it for short periods at first.

You should also make sure that the carrier is open and has a few treats and toys inside. This will help them feel more comfortable once they are inside on moving day.

If they are not used to being in their carrier, they may try to escape or panic when you put them inside, which can cause severe damage to your ferret and the carrier itself.

Not Giving Them Enough Time To Get Settled

When you first get to your new place, don’t rush out immediately for a walk or other outing. Take some time for you and your ferret(s) to adjust to their environment together before going out into public places (even if it is just a walk around the neighborhood).

The last thing you want is your ferret(s) to get lost or injured on their first day in their new home.

Not Knowing Where To Go For Help

It’s always good to ask friends, family, and neighbors where they take their ferret(s) if they need a vet or emergency care. If something comes up, you don’t want to be left wondering what you can do for them.

If you plan on getting your pet microchipped (and I highly recommend it), know the chip’s location and keep that information on hand as well.

Not Having A Plan For Your Ferret In Case Of An Emergency

Ferrets can be seriously injured or even killed by smoke inhalation from fires or poisonous gases from smoke detectors (or other household appliances).

They are also highly susceptible to heatstroke, so make sure that you have an escape route planned in case of fire and make sure that your ferret has a place to stay cool if temperatures get too high.

Not Having A Plan For Your Ferret In Case Of An Emergency

Ferrets are not like cats and dogs who can be left alone for hours without any supervision or care. You need to have a plan for them in case you become incapacitated for some reason, such as a long period at work or if you are hospitalized.

A good friend, family member, or neighbor should be made aware of your ferret’s requirements (food, water, vet care) and needs access to your home in case of an emergency. If you have children at home, they should also know how to care for their fuzzy new friend.

Ferrets can be beautiful additions to the family if they are given several weeks (or months) of time to adjust before being released into their new surroundings.

They are brilliant animals who form strong bonds with their owners and will do anything they can to make them happy.

They are not like the fuzzy creatures in pet stores, which may be kept in cages for days or weeks before being purchased.

Ferret Transport

Ferret travel crates are a great way to move your ferret safely. They can be easily assembled, providing a safe place for your pet to rest during the trip. You can buy ferret travel crates at pet stores or make one yourself. If you’re going to make one, you’ll need:

  • A cardboard box (a medium-sized box is suitable for most ferrets)
  • A piece of plywood (big enough for your ferret to fit on)
  • A heavy-duty tape or glue gun (for assembling the crate)

Ensure that the box is big enough for your ferret to move around comfortably. Ferrets are very active creatures and need space to stretch their legs when traveling.

If you’re planning on taking more than one ferret with you, pack them in separate crates and never put two males in the same crate together. The chances of fighting will be very high if you do this.

Assemble the crate with heavy-duty tape or glue gun as soon as you get home. Your ferret will be more comfortable in a crate that’s already assembled than one that needs to be put together on the spot.

Place the crate in an area of your house where your ferret is familiar and comfortable to adjust to its new surroundings. This will reduce stress and make your ferret feel more at ease.

Feed your ferret before leaving so it doesn’t feel hungry or thirsty during the trip. Make sure to place water inside the crate for your pet to drink from if necessary.

If you’re planning on traveling by car, don’t forget to take along some of your ferret’s favorite treats for a snack there.

Moving With Ferrets on an Airplane

Moving with ferrets can be a challenge. You need to know that you can’t take your ferret on an airplane as a carry-on or a checked-in bag. Ferrets cannot travel in the plane’s cabin, nor can they travel in the cargo hold.

Ferrets are forbidden from boarding planes. Instead, you’ll need to get a crate and transport your ferret via ground transportation. This is no easy feat, and it will require some time and patience on your part.

You’ll also need to check with the airline you’re flying with before you book your tickets because some airlines have specific rules regarding ferret transportation – they may not allow pets of any kind in the cargo area of their planes (even if USDA has approved them).

So, make sure to check with your airline beforehand – especially if you plan on traveling internationally.

Once you find a carrier for your ferret, you’ll need to get a crate made specifically for ferrets. The crate must be large enough for your ferret to stand up and stretch out its legs.

It must also have plenty of ventilation and a small opening to place food and water inside the crate.

Moving with Ferrets in a Car

You can take your ferret with you in the passenger seat of your car, but you’ll need to make sure it is safe and comfortable during the trip. You can provide your ferret with a litter box and plenty of blankets to hide in.

You’ll also need to make sure that your ferret is comfortable, and there are many ways you can do this.

You can purchase a hammock for your ferret to rest on, or you can stuff an old pillowcase with soft material for it to sleep on. Just make sure the material is soft so that it doesn’t cause any scratches or other injuries to the ferret.

Moving with Ferrets in a Carriage

If you have a carriage, you can move your ferret from place to place. But, be aware that some cities have laws against this.

If they allow this, you’ll probably have to apply for a special license from the city council before taking your ferret out in public on its carriage (if you want it unleashed). If they do not allow this practice, you’ll need to keep your ferret in its cage.

Moving with Ferrets in a Caravan

If you are moving with a caravan, you may be able to transport your ferret in it. However, you’ll need to check with the caravan owner before you move your ferret into it.

Some caravans are very small and do not have room for an animal, so check before you move in any pets.


Now you know how to prepare and move with ferrets. Ferrets are friendly and curious animals that can easily adapt to new environments. However, moving your ferret can be stressful for you and your pet.

With a bit of planning, you can minimize the stress of moving with ferrets. If you’re planning on moving with ferrets, follow the guidelines listed above.

Author: Jay Baxter


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