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Safely Taking Ferrets Out In A Stroller In Winter

Is it safe to take ferrets outside during winter?

By Ailigh Vanderbush
Posted: February 1, 2012, 12 p.m. EST

Q: When is it too cold to take your ferret for an outdoor adventure? I have two healthy, 2-year-old ferrets that go outside on leashes when it's not too hot outside in the summer, which they think is sooo much fun. I just got a pet stroller, which I have wanted forever, so that we could all safely check out the neighborhood, and I could get my exercise, too. But how cold is too cold to take them out for a walk outside? Temperatures here in New Hampshire have been running anywhere from 25 to 45 degrees in the past month, and there is no snow on the ground at the moment, so it would be a great time to use the stroller. Fun time will end when the snow starts sticking. I could pile some fuzzy blankets inside it, and it comes with a weather cover, which I could also cover with a thick blanket if needed. Please let me know what you think. I know my ferrets would love exploring, so I really want to take them out, but I don't want them to be too cold. I would hate to have to wait until spring, and even then, strolling time would have to be cut short when the temperatures start going up, so I want to take advantage of all the time I can get in. Please let me know what you think.

A: Ferrets actually do better in cold weather than hot weather. I often let my ferrets outside in the snow during winter so they can play and burrow little tunnels. We don't stay outside for a really long time because they have not acclimated to the cold weather yet. I think ferrets in a stroller with blankets should be fine.

A safe rule of thumb may be to head back inside when you get too cold. If the ferrets are hidden in the blankets and no longer looking around, that’s also probably a sign to head inside. Just keep an eye on your ferrets to make sure they are still enjoying the time outside and not getting too cold. You can also start with short walks and work up to something longer as your ferrets get used to it.

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