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Can Ferrets Free Roam Around the House?

Ferrets are curious creatures that love to explore their surroundings. This can sometimes lead to problems if they get out of the house and into areas where they shouldn’t be. So, I’ve been wondering, can ferrets free roam around the house?

Here is what I found out:

Ferrets can free roam in the house, and indeed they should regularly go in order to stay active. 

However, there is an exception to the rule. You should not feed your ferret while free-roaming. You know that ferrets love to hide things in every little spot around the house. This can also include their food. If you’re not careful, your ferret may hide its food in a place where you can’t find it, spreading rotten food in hidden places around your house.


But there’s more to learn about free-roaming your ferrets.

In this article, we will discuss how long you should keep your ferret free-roaming, what kind of activities they can do while free-roaming, and some safety concerns to keep in mind.

Let’s get started.

Can ferrets run free in a house?

Ferrets can run free in a house as long as there are no other pets that could potentially harm them. Ferrets are relatively low-maintenance pets and are known for being playful and curious. As such, they will likely enjoy running around and exploring their new home. 

That being said, it is important to note that you should not leave your ferret unsupervised for extended periods of time. If you need to leave the house, make sure someone else is home to watch your ferret.

In fact, even before you let your ferret free roam, it is important to do a thorough check of your home to make sure there are no potential hazards.

Some things to look for include:

  1. Small spaces that your ferret could get stuck in. Check all the nooks and crannies of your home, including behind furniture and appliances. If there are any openings that your ferret could fit through, make sure they are blocked off.
  2. Poisonous plants. Ferrets are curious creatures and will likely try to nibble on anything they find. Be sure to remove any poisonous plants from your home or keep them out of reach of your ferret.
  3. Potential escape routes. Make sure all doors and windows are securely shut and that there are no holes or cracks that your ferret could squeeze through.
  4. Anything else that could potentially harm your ferret. If you find any potential hazards, make sure to remove them before letting your ferret free roam.
  5. Exposed electrical cords. Ferrets love to chew on things, and exposed electrical cords can be dangerous. Be sure to tuck away any loose cords or cover them with protective tubing.

Just check this recent article that will guide you on how to prevent your ferret from chewing on wires.

Click the link to learn more.

Now that you know how to prepare your home for a free-roaming ferret let’s discuss some of the activities they can do.

As we mentioned before, ferrets are curious creatures and love to explore their surroundings. This means that they will likely enjoy running around and playing with any toys you have set out for them.

Some of the most popular ferret toys include:

  • Tubes and tunnels. Ferrets love to crawl through small spaces and will often use tubes and tunnels as hiding spots.
  • Balls. Ferrets enjoy chasing and playing with balls. You can even make your own DIY ferret ball by following this tutorial.
  • Squeaky toys. Ferrets are attracted to the noise of squeaky toys and will often play with them for hours on end.

Of course, while your ferret is free-roaming, it will likely want to take a nap at some point. Ferrets are known for being relatively lazy animals and will often sleep for up to 18 hours a day.

As such, you should keep an eye out so that your ferret won’t fall asleep in the wrong place.

In fact, there have been cases of ferrets falling asleep in the washing machine and getting injured when the cycle starts.


To prevent this from happening, attach a bell neck to your ferret so that you’ll be able to hear it if it’s moving around.

How long should ferrets free roam?

Ferrets should have a minimum of four hours per day to roam free. That’s because ferrets are active animals and need plenty of exercise. They should be allowed to roam free in a safe area where they can explore and play. 

So, I strongly recommend that you get your ferret a playpen where it can roam safely. A good rule of thumb is to provide your ferret with at least two square feet of space per ferret. 

That being said, it is important to note that you should not leave your ferret unsupervised for extended periods of time. If you need to leave the house, make sure someone else is home to watch your ferret.

Can ferrets live outside in a cage?

As a general rule, ferrets can live outside in a cage, but they prefer to live inside because it is warmer and more comfortable for them. They are very active animals and need a lot of space to run and play.

If you are considering keeping a ferret outside, make sure the cage is large enough for the animal to move around freely and has plenty of bedding material to keep it warm.

Ferrets are also social animals and do best when they have another ferret to interact with, so consider getting two if you decide to keep them outside.

In this recent article, I talked about the benefits of keeping ferrets in pairs. Then I compare the advantages and disadvantages of having more than one ferret. It has all you need to know about keeping more than one ferret.

Click the link to learn more about it.

How many hours a day should a ferret be out of its cage?

As any ferret owner knows, these furry little creatures are full of energy and love to play. In fact, it is recommended that ferrets have at least four hours of out-of-cage time each day.

Ferrets are very active creatures and love to explore, so it’s important to give them plenty of chances to run around and play. That said, you also need to be careful not to leave them unsupervised, as they may get into trouble (and potentially hurt themselves) if left on their own. So make sure to keep a close eye on your furry friend when he or she is out of the cage!


But what about living outside the cage? Can ferrets live outside in a cage?

This is one question that potential ferret owners often ask is whether these animals can live outside in a cage. While ferrets are certainly capable of tolerating cold weather, they are not well suited to living outdoors full-time. 

That’s because ferrets are exotic pets, and as such, they can’t tolerate extreme temperatures. In fact, the temperature range that is comfortable for ferrets is quite small (between 68 and 72 degrees Fahrenheit).

You can learn more about it in my recent article, which is all about the definition of a ferret as an exotic pet, as well are the origins of these furry creatures.

Click the link to learn more about it.


In this article, we talked about whether ferrets can free roam around the house and how long they should be out of their cage. We also answered the question of whether ferrets can live outside in a cage.

If you have a ferret, it is important to take some precautions to keep your furry friend safe. Make sure your ferret has a collar with ID tags and is microchipped just in case he or she does get out.

Also, be sure to keep all doors and windows closed and locked so your pet can’t escape.

As long as you take these precautions, you can rest assured that your ferret will be safe and happy in your home.

And, remember, always supervise your ferret when they are out of their cage.

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