On the average, you need to spend at least an hour a day with your ferret. Ferrets require less time with their owners than dogs or cats do, but certainly more time than fish or turtles require. One reason your ferret does not demand as much companionship as other pets is she sleeps most of the day, about 16 hours out of the 24. However, when your ferret is awake, she will be happy to spend time with you, and will benefit even more by being around other family members.
The different activities you can engage in for quality time with your ferret include:
- Playing - Ferrets love to play, and they like to play with other ferrets, other pets and people. The games ferrets enjoy include wrestling (with other ferrets and cats), hide and seek, and running through tubes.
- Grooming and Petting - Ferrets appreciate being groomed and stroked; these are bonding activities you must do regularly. Brushing and bathing are usually pleasant experiences for your ferret. She also likes to be petted, stroked and held in your lap - activities you can do anytime.
- Training - This can take some time, and that's good, because it strengthens the bond between you and your pet. Training can be as simple as teaching her to recognize and come to her own name, or as complex as using the litter box and doing tricks. Training can be a lifelong endeavor for your ferret because she's always capable of learning new things.