Ferrets are cute and cuddly, mischievous, and above all else: sleepers! They sleep for about 16 hours a day and are only awake for 8 hours – and that’s when they are young. Beuler – my old man ferret whose 6 now – is only awake for 2 -4 hours each day. It’s important that they have good places to sleep during those long hours. They will curl up just about anywhere, but hammocks are great because they keep the light out, are soft, warm, and good for snuggling in.
With this pattern you can make your own sleep sack hammock for your little one or, as in the case of the one I’m making, for a little one at the local shelters. Unfortunately the rate of abandonment for ferrets is very high. People mistakenly think it’s like having a rat, rabbit, or hamster. It’s more like having a sugar glider or, really, a puppy mixed with a squirrel. Good at getting into trouble, eating things they shouldn’t, and needing many hours of hands on play every day turns out not to be what people thought it would be. So abandoned, neglected, malnourished (Beuler’s case – he was soooo little when I first adopted him at 1 year old), and turned into shelters everywhere. I want to make sure that my local shelter has the right equipment for their ferrets or maybe even something to give the new owner to get their ferret condo set up right.
A great write up on what makes good ferret bedding. You should read this before picking out your fabric for this pattern.
A great story about one woman made a difference with her knowledge, thoughtfulness, and high quality handmade ferret bedding.
Here are some links to sewing patterns for ferrets:
Ferret shoe bed – I think my little citizens would like this one.
Round up of ferret/small pet patterns – sewing and crochet!
From what I’ve red, yarn based bedding is not reccommended – like a knit, crochet, woven fabric – because the ferrets’ claws can get easily snagged in them and could potentially tear them badly or just cause un-necessary stress. Felted fabrics are great though, so knit and then fulled out or crocheted and fulled out is great. Fleece and felt are good. Sweat shirts are a great recycled material to use.