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Ferret Goes Crazy For Squeaky Toy

Why do ferrets go crazy over squeaky toys?

By Ailigh Vanderbush
Posted: December 1, 2011, 1:25 p.m. EST

Q: I purchased a squeaky toy for my ferret. After I pressed the toy several times to make the squeaky sound, my ferret jumped at it. He snatched it out of my hand and ran off with it. When I reached down to pet him, he nipped me. I picked up the toy, and he grabbed it again, this time he made a hissing sound. Why would he do that?

A: It seems the squeaky noise that they toy makes stimulates something in the ferret. I am not sure if it sounds like a squeak of a kit (baby ferret) encouraging the behavior or if it sounds like dying prey. Either way, the behavior is stimulated and the ferret runs off with the item or it defends the item.

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3 out of my 5 ferrets seem to get very agitated when they hear a squeaky toy. My eldest ferret, Dora will even start trembling. I thought it sounded like a prey item to them as well. I didn't think that it may sound like a screaming kit, that is a good idea too. If only I spoke ferret lol!
Susan, Lexington Park, MD
Posted: 5/1/2014 8:35:35 AM
Ailigh: Please don't bother printing this. After having purchased a troop of five Chinchillas, I began reading the on-line "literature" about them. I ran into your ferret articles on a sidetrack and have to say that you are among the most reasoned and seeminly informed writers on small animals. Thanks for providing knowledge and common sense in an arena that is generally thin on either.
Phil, Marysville, CA
Posted: 3/26/2013 4:22:29 PM
My ferret, Nibbler, does that too! I always thought he just loved the squeaky toys.
Erica, Denton, TX
Posted: 3/10/2012 1:21:59 PM
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