When ferrets go AWOL
I have just returned home after a disastrous day’s ferreting. My ferret shed its collar and went AWOL for a few hours. Later on, we saw some rabbits bolt from further down the hedge and went to look. Luckily, my ferret was in the hedge bottom, but it was a close call. How do I stop my ferret from slipping out of its collar?
I am sorry you have had such an unfortunate and stressful experience of ferreting. Over the years I have had that horrible feeling when your ferret surfaces and you instantly notice that its black leather locator collar is missing.
How can you avoid this? The first thing is to ensure the collar is fitted correctly and comfortably. I have always advocated that in every ferret collar the owner should make new holes, practise fitting them and, of course, ensure on the day that, if using purse-nets, the ferrets don’t struggle with the meshes of the net and inadvertently pull the collar off. This is what used to happen to me.
Unfortunately, some ferrets at different times of the year have necks that don’t exactly lend themselves to keeping a collar on, which doesn’t help, but with practice and adaptable collars it is manageable. SW
Make sure that your ferret’s collar fits correctly and comfortably