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Ferret Food Digger

Ferret owners want their ferret to stop tossing his food around.

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

Q: We have a male ferret that digs in his food. He digs so hard that the food flies out of the cage. How can we stop this?

A: Ferrets are natural diggers, and this can be quite a challenging behavior to stop. Most of the possible solutions are more of a management plan than an actual solution, but they should help.

Try to be creative with his food by hiding it throughout his cage in boxes or scattering it in different places. You can also place his food dish in a Tupperware-type plastic container with a small opening and a lid to deter the digging and keep the food contained if he does dig.

Additionally, you can provide an appropriate place for him to dig. This can be done by making a sand pit, like for children, out of children’s playground sand. Make sure to keep it clean and check it often to see if the sand needs to be replaced because sometimes ferrets use it as a litter box.

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Jack was using expensive food for digging entertainment so I turned a large can on it's side and nestled it in a corner. They now all crawl inside to eat with none of the food being flung across the room!
Nan, Spring Hill, TN
Posted: 8/19/2009 7:56:18 AM
This article contains good suggestions.

We've got a food container that came free (a while ago) with a bag of (I think Iam's) cat food. My ferrets can fit in the larger of the two openings and love to crawl in to get a snack, if the container gets left out. Perhaps this "hideout" might be a good way to keep the food from flying?
Anne, Mesa, AZ
Posted: 11/12/2008 2:23:12 PM
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