Blue Ferret TV

Ferrets. Information. Advice. Cuteness Overload

On 1st June 2021 the VOLUNTARY ferret register came into effect

New to Ferrets?

Dive into our series of ‘Shorts’ to learn everything you need to know about Carpet Sharks (aka Ferrets) from ‘What Do They Eat?‘, through ‘How Long Do They Live?‘, via ‘Do Ferrets Bite?

Need Advice on Ferrets?

 Well you’ve come to the right place! Take a gander at one of our longer videos for advice on ‘How to fit a Figure of 8 Harness’, ‘How to Give a Pill’ or even ‘How to Trim Claws’

2023 FERRET TAILS

In 2023 we recorded a series of information videos on all sorts of topics. We’ve added a menu system to help you find your way around the various topics, hints and tips. Click below to make a start.

WE ARE NOT VETERINARY SURGEONS. IF YOU HAVE ANY WORRIES REGARDING THE HEALTH OF YOUR FERRET PLEASE CALL A VET ASAP.

The 60 Second Scoop

Or… Everything you ever wanted to know about ferrets but were too afraid to ask, answered in just under 60 seconds per question!
We are continually adding videos but if you have an unanswered question, please Contact Us to request a video answer!

THE 60 SECOND SCOOP

Or… Everything you ever wanted to know about ferrets but were too afraid to ask, answered in just under 60 seconds per question!
We are continually adding videos but if you have an unanswered question, please Contact Us to request a video answer!

How to safely remove ticks

coming soon

Ferret Owner advice and tips

Our gallery of longer videos designed to help you with the more mundane and everyday challenges of being a ferret parent (farent)

We are continually adding videos, but if you have an unanswered question, please CONTACT US to request a video answer!

What Do You Do If You Find A Ferret?

A 60s short video explaining the main four things you should consider when you find a ferret:
Food – raw meat is best
Water – just in a bowl should be fine
Shelter – a cat carrier with a warm blanket inside is perfect
MicrochipGet it to a vet to scan for a chip

How Long Do Ferrets Live?

A 60s short video explaining briefly how long you can expect a ferret to live.

(Spoiler alert: It can be up to 10 – 12 years!)

Starring the beautiful soul that was

Hooligan Schmooligan Esq

Apr 2012 – Mar 2020

DIP our darling old man.

Ferrets Love To Stash!!

Ever wondered where that second sock went?

How about the TV remote?

Your car keys?

Wallet?

Move over The Borrowers, it’s time to meet the original stashers…

Ferrets!

Wrestling a Ferret into A Harness

An instructional video featuring a real live ferret (!) showing how to get a figure of eight harness onto a ferret.
Clear instructions combined with step by step demonstrations make this video the GO TO video whenever you are ready to resort to using the harness for macramé

Ferret coughing/Sneezing

Ahhh…. chooooo
Or “honk honk” if you have a cough like our Spooks. We thought it was a fantastic duck impression until we realised it was a bad cough instead. Hey ho.

In this excerpt from a live chat, Hannah from Blue Ferret talks with Catherine Piggott MRCVS and Sarah Marsh about how to deal with, and what to do when, your carpetshark is having a coughing or sneezing fit.

This video is intended for advice only and cannot be treated as direct advice for your specific ferret. If you have any concerns please take your ferret straight to a vet.

Adrenal disease in ferrets

The late, wonderful and deeply missed Gillian Betts, former ferret rescue owner extraordinaire explains in detail about adrenal disease in ferrets, how it presents, what the implants do and how  you can recognise it.

While adrenal disease can shorten the life of your ferret, implants are very effective at managing the disease.

This video is intended for advice only and cannot be treated as direct advice for your specific ferret. If you have any concerns please take your ferret straight to a vet.

COVId and canine distemper in ferrets

In this video, Hannah chats with Catherine Piggott MRCVS and Sarah Marsh about Covid and Canine Distemper (CD) in ferrets. Go to 5 minutes into the video to learn more about CD specifically

This video is an excerpt from a live recorded during the Covid pandemic of 2020-21.

The main points are:
1) Don’t go near your ferrets if you think you have Covid, as you can pass it on to them.

2) Canine Distemper is a serious and very dangerous disease for your ferret.

PLEASE get your ferrets vaccinated against Canine Distemper.

One minute he was a kit bouncing around your house like a loon, then you blinked and he is an old man with a dicky ticker. 

Panic Ye Not, as Hannah shows you various ways of getting a pill down a willing, or unwilling ferret’s gullet, without choking him!

How To Clip A Ferret's Claws

Your brand new bathrobe now has loose and hanging threads all over, and your cuddle bugs are beginning to hang off you like fruit, even through they are trying to jump down at the same time…
Familiar? Then it’s waaaay past time you got the clippers out! 😉

JILL JABS

Here Hannah and vet (and friend!) Catherine Piggott discuss the various options for ferret owners now the jill jab is being discontinued.

VULCAN GRIP

Here Hannah briefly explains the Vulcan Death Grip, which isn’t an actual death grip, but a cunning way to avoid getting bitten!

SCRUFFING

In this short video Hannah demonstrates the correct way to scruff a ferret.

TASSLE HASSLE

Hannah hops on quickly to just give you a heads up on a lucky escape she’s just had.

LOST FERRET?

Hannah’s here with some hints and tips for if your little furtle has escaped.

December 2023

We wanted to take this opportunity to tell you all about Blue Ferret Boarding, how and why we started and what we offer.

Week 1
About Blue Ferret Boarding

Week 2
what do we sell in our shop

Week 3
harnesses

Week 4
how has this year been for you?

NOVEMBER 2023

Welcome to our video guides on ferret health! Here we explore essential health care tips, common health issues in ferrets, and how to keep your furry friend happy and healthy. Whether you’re a new ferret owner or an experienced caretaker, these videos will provide valuable insights into maintaining your ferret’s wellbeing. So grab a notepad, sit back, and let’s dive into the world of ferret health!

Week 1
Ferrets Digestive System

Week 2
Illness in ferrets

Week 3
Common illnesses

Week 4
First Aid Kit

OCTOBER 2023

So this month it’s family history month, and as I said last week, if you haven’t seen it, go look at it, this week, this month is all about looking at the greater family and where our lovely little ferrets sit in that greater animal kingdom, as it were.

Week 1
Taxonomy and Classifications

Week 2
Mustela
(Stoats & Weasels)

Week 3
Lutrinae
(Otters)

Week 4
Texidilinae

SEPTEMBER 2023

It’s September and this month we’re gonna talk a little bit about ferrets in the wild. And for those of you keen eared, you will know that I’ve already gone on about the fact that there is no such thing as a wild ferret, that they are in fact only feral ferrets. Say that when you’ve had a couple! So actually what we’re gonna be looking at are ferret’s closest cousins and where they came from. So we’re gonna take a look this month at European Polecats, Step Polecats, Black-Footed Ferrets and European Mink.

Watch out for our next video on Wednesday 20th September.

Week 2
Ferrets in the wild

Week 3
Step Polecats

Week 4
Black footed ferrets

AUGUST 2023

So this month we thought we’d just take a step back. It is the summer holidays. Everybody’s just winding down a little bit. So rather than ranting at you about them being obligate carnivores (have I mentioned that before?!) I thought we just have a general overall look at what ferrets are in themselves.

Week 1
What are ferrets?

Week 2
Ferret relatives

Week 3
Ferret behaviour

Week 4
Talking about Ferrets

JULY 2023

Welcome to our comprehensive video series on ferret nutrition. These videos are designed to provide you with all the essential information about maintaining a balanced and healthy diet for your ferret. From understanding their dietary needs to choosing the right food and supplements, we’ve got you covered. So, let’s embark on this journey to ensure our little furry friends stay healthy and energetic!

Week 1
FERRET FEEDING

Week 1 - BONUS
USING CAT FOOD

Week 2
Meet bean - silver ferret

Week 3
Raw Foods

Week 4
Feeding sick ferrets

June 2023

Ferrets come in a variety of unique and beautiful colourings. From the dark, sleek sable to the lighter champagne, and the distinct white coat of the albino, each colouring gives the ferret a unique appearance. There’s also the cinnamon ferret with its reddish-brown coat, and the silver, which boasts a mix of black, white, and gray fur. Understanding these different colourings can help you appreciate the diversity of this wonderful species and Pride month is the perfect time to introduce these videos!

Week 1
FERRET COLOURING

Week 2
albino ferrets

Week 3
Meet bean - silver ferret

Week 4
LET'S TALK ABOUT SANDYS

MAY 2023

This month it’s all about how to train your Jedi warrior. This mini-series will give advice on how to train and socialise your ferret! Whether you’re a first-time ferret owner or an experienced caretaker, these videos will provide valuable insights to help you build a stronger bond with your furry friend. Let’s embark on this exciting training and socialisation journey together! (if Hannah can pronounce it!).

Week 1
General socialisation

Week 2
how to train your 'Jedi knight'

Week 3
the art of recall

Week 4
using leads

APRIL 2023

Welcome to our informative guide on ferret breeding and adoption. This guide will delve into the key aspects of both breeding and adopting ferrets, giving you a well-rounded understanding of each to help inform your decision. Breeding involves raising ferrets from birth, a process which requires a deep understanding of their reproductive health and careful consideration of genetic traits. Adoption, on the other hand, often involves providing a loving home to a ferret who needs one, typically through a rescue organisation or shelter. Both paths come with their own unique challenges and rewards. Let’s explore these two aspects to help you make the best choice for your circumstances and for your potential new pet.

Week 1
BREEDING AND ADOPTION

Week 2
Responsible breeding

Week 3
RESCUE FERRETS

Week 4
Adoption vs rescue

MARCH 2023

Ah, March! The time of March hares and madness. And it’s also the time of things starting to come out of hibernation, even me some days.

It’s also this month we celebrate World Sleep Day. One of my favourite days and something I’m still getting a lot of practice in over. But we are gonna talk about ferrets and sleeping and hibernation and actually where they sleep and how you can look after your furtle home.

Let’s talk about indoor versus outdoor cages and hutches.

Ferrets & sleeping - Week 1
Sleeping

Ferrets & sleeping - Week 2
Bedding

Ferrets & sleeping - Week 3
Warmth

Ferrets & sleeping - Week 4
Water & water bottles

FEBRUARY 2023

So it’s February, it’s the month of love, but instead we are gonna talk about reproduction.

And as you’ll see, there’s very little to do with love in there. Ferrets, like any other mammal, are controlled by hormones, and it’s the hormones that cue things with the ferret and tell their bodies when and what to do.

And it’s just the same for their reproduction. It’s hormones that kick in and tell the ferret when it’s time to reproduce. However, unlike quite a few different mammals, ferrets hormones are controlled by what we call photoperiodism.

If you want to know what the heck photoperiodism is, then watch this!

Reproduction - Week 1

Reproduction - Week 2

reproduction - week 3

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