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Traveling With Your Ferret

By Edited Oct 27, 2013 0 0

Ferrets are great friends to take traveling with you. Most of them enjoy it very much and they can be great company to have along with you. However, there are several things that you should consider and do before and while traveling with your furry friend to make sure that the trip goes well. Traveling with your ferret can be a great option, but it isn't for everyone.

Make Sure They Are Legal.
The first thing you need to do before taking your ferret anywhere is to make sure that they are legal in the place that you are going visiting. It is a good idea to call local animal control to find out. Remember that even if a pet is legal in a certain state, it doesn't mean that they are legal in certain cities. For example, ferrets are legal in the state of Texas, but you are not allowed to have them in the city of Dallas. Knowing whether or not your pet will be legal at the destination of your trip is very important. If it is discovered that you have brought them to a destination where they aren't legal you may get the confiscated and or you may receive a large fine for bringing them. The authorities aren't going to care if you knew they were illegal there or not. So, check ahead of time and save yourself the risk and the agony that could come of taking them where they are not allowed.

Decide How You Will Travel.
By far the best option for traveling with your ferret is by car. This lets you control the temperature as well as giving you the opportunity to take food and play breaks when the two of you need it. It will also be easier for you to stop and clean their cage as needed making their trip a lot more fun and enjoyable for both of you. If you can't travel by automobile then it is a good idea to go by plane. There are only two airlines (Delta and American West) will allow ferrets to travel in the cab. Ferrets are highly susceptible to heat and don't do well traveling in cargo. Some even die on trips that require them to go below. Trains and buses won't allow pets of any sort on board. So your traveling options are rather limited.

Travel Cage.
It is important that you choose your cage very carefully. It should have several features to keep your ferret safe and give them a decent environment for travel. Even if you are traveling in your own car it is important to provide a good cage for your ferret. Here are a few tips for choosing the right cage.
  • The cage should be large enough for your ferret to lay down and sleep, to have a place for food and water, and finally a place to go to the bathroom.
  • It should have a solid bottom that can not be chewed through.
  • It should be secure so that your ferret can not escape.
  • Often it is also a good idea to have a lock on your travel cage so that your ferret is secure from others as well. This will prevent people from letting them out, sticking their hands in, or trying to get them out.

Your ferret will also need a number of accessories so that he or she will have a good trip. This includes their food, especially if it is one that is hard to get or that you might not be able to get while on your trip. Ferrets don't do well with food changes and may refuse to eat if their normal fare isn't available. You will also want some bedding options. This can include bags, hammocks, towels or clothes, or other soft and familiar things to sleep on or with. Toys are also a great thing to bring along so that they have things to do and you can play with you. Finally you should include a litter pan, litter, and treats.

Harness and Leash.
If you are planning on letting your ferret out and about at any time then it is important that you bring along a leash and harness. You should choose your harness with care and make sure it is snug on your ferret. You should also keep an eye on them at all time because many ferrets are great at escaping even the best of harnesses.

Vaccines and Paperwork.
It is very important that you get all of your ferrets vaccines done ahead of time. This needs to include up to date vaccinations for rabies and distemper. This is a good idea for protection your animal from these illnesses, but it is also required by law in many places. In addition to having the shots done it is important to also bring paperwork or proof that they were done from your veterinarian. Some vets offer tags for traveling cages as well as paperwork that you can bring with you. This will put others at ease, make sure you don't get in trouble for having your pets in other areas, and will also protect them (which is very important as well).

It is important that you find a list of vets in the area where you will be traveling. You will want to call and find out if they have experience with ferrets and make sure that they will handle your case should your ferret have an emergency need. This way should something happen you can take care of your friend!

You will also want to consider where you are staying once you get there. While more and more hotels are allowing dogs and even cats, ferrets still fall into the "exotic pet" arena and many hotels won't allow them. While some think that they can sneak them in, and sometimes you can without any problems, it is often safer to take them where they are welcome. This is because you can be kicked out of a hotel if they don't want you to have ferrets in your room and some hotels even have a clause that allows them to fine you for bringing unwanted pets into your room.

Traveling with your ferret is something you should enjoy. However it is important to be legal, safe, and to provide for your ferret during your trip. It is definitely not enough to just head out the door and on your way! Being prepared will make the trip more enjoyable for both you and your furry little friend!



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