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Safety Tips For Ferrets And Christmas Trees

Are Christmas trees dangerous for ferrets?

By Ailigh Vanderbush
Posted: January 1, 2010, 5 a.m. EST

Q: Will a ferret climb a Christmas tree? If so, how can a ferret be prevented from climbing up the tree?

A: I tend not to let my ferrets around the Christmas tree for a number of reasons. Ferrets are capable of climbing the tree, which could cause a problem including an injury from falling or injury from the pine needles. Ferrets may also eat the ornaments or the gifts under the tree. Ferrets might try to drink the tree water, and that water can be a breeding ground for bacteria. Ferrets might get sap in their fur, and the tannic acid is toxic.

Basically, a Christmas tree is one giant ferret hazard, so keep the ferrets out of the room with the tree, place the tree on a table or go without. You might also try encircling the Christmas tree with the walls of a ferret playpen, but always be there to supervise if you do this. Your ferret might climb the playpen walls or find another way to get through to the tree.

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You might also try a fake Christmas tree. You dont have to worry about the sap or drinking the tree water. Also, the "branches" are not really climbable as they are meant to be adjustable. You can even leave out the lower branches if they do attempt it. I never had any issues with them opening presents, but you can just place them under the tree on Christmas Eve.
Patrick, Spokane, WA
Posted: 5/19/2010 11:51:28 AM
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