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Ferret Attacks Squeaky Toy

A ferret owner wonders why a baby ferret is attacking a squeaky toy.

By Ailigh Vanderbush
Posted: August 1, 2008, 5 a.m. EDT

Q: My baby ferret is adamant about attacking a squeaky toy. Its tail ruffles, it makes a strange noise and it bit me hard in the process. No other ferret has shown this type of behavior over a squeaky toy.

A: Some ferrets have a really well-defined prey drive and the squeak probably sounds like something your ferret thinks it worth attacking or even eating. Ferrets are carnivorous predators. We often forget that, especially when they are cuddling with us and looking cute. Don’t forget that those carnivore teeth are made for tearing into prey. Prey such as rodents can make a noise just like a squeaky toy. Getting bitten during this excited, frenzied, hunting behavior can be a problem, so make sure that you are paying attention. If a squeaky toy is out, keep your hands and feet safe, but enjoy watching your ferret acting in a most natural way.

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I got my dog a new toy. My female ferret freaked out when she heard the squeaker. She jumped on my dog and bit my thumb hard. I tried to give her the toy but as long as it wasn't squeaking she had no interest.
Karlee, Dalton, GA
Posted: 4/11/2016 2:21:57 PM
pogo used to do this too. if she could not bite me immiedately for sqeeking the toy she would get me later!
patricia, tampa, FL
Posted: 9/5/2011 9:42:57 PM
One of my three fuzzies does exactly this. She is the calmest of our three which makes it ironic. She could care less about the squeaking ball itself and will go batty on the hand that is squeaking it. I've never heard a ferret 'scream' and wondering if she is defending what sounds like a hurt ferret. The other two are mostly ambivalent. They come to investigate and get bored. They don't even play with the ball.
Brandie, Portland, OR
Posted: 3/21/2010 12:24:11 AM
awe little buggers are so much fun!
jill, winnipeg, MB
Posted: 12/21/2009 1:31:12 PM
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