Found Ferret


Found a ferret?

What to do if you find a ferret...

Despite our best efforts, squirmy fuzzbutt ferrets can sometimes make a bid for freedom. But ferrets are NOT wild animals!

Domesticated as they are, they aren’t like to survive very long in the wild. Which is why it’s really important to take the following steps if you find a ferret out in nature.

  1. Firstly, be aware that the ferret may be in pain, very hungry and at the very least, very scared!
  2. Try to contain the ferret in a safe environment; Cat carriers are the perfect option for this. Otherwise something tall that they can’t get out of such as a big plastic bin or similar!
  3. If the ferret is being a slippery customer and you are unable make it secure, simply leave the cat carrier, or something similarly waterproof (ish) and protective outside, near to where you last saw the fuzzy
  4. Add an old towel or similar to the cat carrier as bedding for warmth
  5. Make sure the ferret has access to a bowl of water and to food if possible (see below*)
  6. Do not leave the secured ferret anywhere near direct sunlight as ferrets CANNOT sweat and will easily overheat.
  7. Speak to your neighbours in case the ferret belongs to them – ferrets are likely to have escaped from close by so this is a good starting point.
  8. Contact local vets and rescue centres and post online if you are able (see below**)

*In terms of food, ferrets are obligate carnivores so please be careful what you leave for them. Cooked chicken (not on the bone) would be ideal. If that’s not possible, cat food, while not ideal, is better than nothing. We have a short blog post HERE of what ferrets eat, or a longer video HERE detailing the same.

** Post details on This service is free for found ferrets. If you are on Facebook you can also post it to the ‘Ferrets Lost and Found (UK)’ facebook page.  Avoid putting a photo of the fuzzy-head online, or even any identifying details. That way, you can use those details to match up owner and fertle, should they come forward (ask the owner to provide a photograph of the ferret so you can be sure).

Finally, contact your local vet and let them know you’ve found a ferret – they might be able to scan their microchip and find the owner (if you are local to us we too have a microchip scanner and can do this for, as will most rescues). More useful tips HERE.

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