The Best Ferret Toys to Keep Your Critter Entertained

Our top pick is the Marshall Super Thru-way tunnel toy

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Ferrets make wonderful pets with their energetic, goofy nature. Providing a variety of stimulating and safe ferret toys will keep your ferret entertained and happy. Ferrets will play with almost anything, but the best toys for ferrets will not only provide stimulation and exercise, but will also hold up under repeated use without posing a safety hazard to your pet.

Our favorite ferret toy is the Marshall Super Thru-Way. Ferrets naturally love to tunnel, so a tunneling toy will scratch that itch. The Marshall Super Thru-Way stretches to 15 feet, and can be used in a variety of ways depending on your cage setup. It’s also clear, so you can see your ferret exploring. It’s made of durable material and can be combined with more tunnels or other toys.

We have several other toys to recommend that will satisfy your ferret's urge to chew, play, cuddle, and, of course, snack.

Here are the best ferret toys of 2022.

Our Top Picks

Best Overall

Marshall Super Thru-Way Small Animal Tunnel Toy

4.9
Marshall Super Thru-way Ferret Toy

Chewy

What We Like
  • Durable

  • Clear for easy viewing

  • Satisfies ferret’s tunneling instincts

  • Long and versatile

What We Don't Like
  • Can be tricky to clean

Most ferrets love tunnels, so you'll find several on this list. Our top ferret toy is an extreme tunnel that is sure to provide lots of entertainment. This very flexible vinyl tunnel stretches to 15 feet and is clear so you can watch the fun. This toy is extremely versatile and you only need to look at its many fans online so see a variety of different ways you can set it up for your ferret.

It stands above other tunnel options because of its length, durability, affordability, and sheer versatility. You could run it between different cages or from a cage to a playpen. Or even use it to expand a cage by running it out, around and then back into the cage. It can also be re-arranged or connected to other toys. Use with supervision to make sure the ferrets are not chewing on the vinyl.

Price at time of publish: $22

Best Chew Toy

KONG Puppy Dog Toy

4.8
Kong Puppy Toy

Amazon

What We Like
  • Durable rubber construction

  • Satisfies ferret’s chewing instincts

  • Unpredictable bouncing keeps your ferret engaged

  • Hollow through the center for hiding treats

  • Good for teeth

What We Don't Like
  • Snacks can make a mess inside the hollow center

Ferrets love to chew, so it’s important to provide a variety of toys to help satisfy their urges. Dog owners are familiar with the Kong, and now there’s an extra small option that is perfect for ferrets. It is a very sturdy hollow rubber toy. It bounces and moves in unpredictable ways, and can be stuffed with your ferret's favorite treat.

Designed to stand up to dogs, it’s no surprise that it’s one of the more durable ferret chew toys. It’s made from a tough but chewable rubber that can help clean a ferret’s teeth and massage their gums.

Price at time of publish: $7

Best Plush Chew Toy

Marshall Ferret Sport Balls

4.5
Marshall Ferret Sport Balls

Amazon

What We Like
  • Sold in 2-pack

  • Satisfies ferret’s chewing instincts

  • Fun bell noises

What We Don't Like
  • Ferrets often chew through them, so expect to need more

  • "Fun" bell noises

Another great chew toy option is the Marshall Sports Balls. They come in an assorted 2-pack and many owners report that these are far and away their ferrets’ favorite toy. They’re made of fleece with a bell in the center and are durable enough to stand up to most ferret abuse.

Ferrets love to chew these, hide them, or even carry them around in their mouths. There is a chance your ferret could tear through them after a while, especially if they really love to chew.

Price at time of publish: $8

Best Portable

Kaytee Crinkle Tunnel

4.6
Kaytee Crinkle Tunnel for Small Pets

Amazon

What We Like
  • Satisfies ferret’s tunneling instincts

  • Collapsible

  • Machine Washable

  • Crinkle noise can be fun for ferrets

What We Don't Like
  • Shorter than other tunnel options

  • Crinkle noise is more annoying than the quieter construction of other tunnels

Another tunnel option if the Marshall tunnel proves too long for your needs. Ferrets love tunnels and this crinkle tunnel has the advantage of making irresistible noises when your ferret runs through it.

This toy is about 2 feet long with a peek-a-boo hole in the middle. When playtime is over, it collapses into a compact disc for storage and can even be machine washed. It’s affordable and also connects to other crinkle tunnels to make larger builds. Customers have voiced complaints about the build quality of some Kaytee items, but the nylon construction of this tunnel should hold up to substantial play before needing replaced.

Price at time of publish: $9

Best Plush

Marshall Ferret Octo-Play

4.7
Marshall Ferret Octo-Play Toy

Walmart

What We Like
  • Offers sleeping, hiding and play areas

  • Cute octopus design

  • Numerous holes provide intriguing areas for exploration

What We Don't Like
  • Lining won't hold up to chewing, and habitual chewers should be supervised during play to ensure

This toy is cute and offers dual functions as a cozy sleeping spot and a multi-tunnel toy. Made of soft fleece, the body of the octopus is a great hiding hole, while each of the 5-foot-long arms is great for tunneling through, hiding in, and playing Peek-a-boo from as there is a hole halfway down each arm as well as at the end.

The versatility of tunnels and holes of this item makes it a favorite of many ferrets. However, we do highly recommend using it only with human supervision, especially with habituals chewers, because it's possible for a ferret to chew through fleece lining and get stuck.

Price at time of publish: $23

Best Treat Dispensing Toy

Living World Teach N Treat Toy

Living World Teach N Treat Toy

Courtesy of Amazon

What We Like
  • Well built

  • Multiple difficulty settings

  • Can keep your pets’ minds healthy and active

What We Don't Like
  • Mileage may vary depending on your pets’ intelligence

The living world Teach N Treat Toy serves as both a game and an educational tool for your pet. By hiding treats inside the small compartments, ferrets will learn to hunt and forage for their treats. You can hide treats inside of the Teach N Treat Toy for later exploration, or play with your ferret directly, letting them watch how you interact with the toy.

The Teach N Treat Toy comes with a useful guide that explains how to configure for three different difficulty levels, letting you ramp up the challenge once your ferret has gotten used to revealing their favorite snacks.

Price at time of publish: $13

Final Verdict

The Marshall Super Thru-Way will give you tons of versatility for a tunnel toy. The length and clear build are especially nice touches. If you’re looking for chew toys the extra small size Kong Puppy Toy is top in class for its durability, plus the shape will lead to unpredictable bounces to keep your pet entertained.

What to Look for in Ferret Toys

Safe Materials

When searching for a new ferret toy, look for one made from non-toxic materials that won't cause choking. Materials like soft rubber or latex can break off into smaller pieces and cause a serious obstruction in your pet's intestinal system if swallowed. Also avoid toys that contain cloth threads, like a blanket or stuffed doll, since those threads can come loose and wrap around your pet's feet.

Durability

Ferrets love to chew, so consider buying long-lasting toys that can withstand the abuse. Toys made from PVC are nearly indestructible, while fleece is a safer alternative than cloth.

Engagement

Your pet ferret loves to tunnel, chew, and hide. Choosing toys that meet these needs can provide hours of engagement. Just like humans, ferrets are happiest when given a variety of mentally stimulating activities.

FAQ
  • Do ferrets need toys?

    Ferrets are energetic creatures with active minds and bodies, toys will help keep them entertained.

  • What types of toys are good for ferrets?

    Tunnels, hiding places and chew toys are a great place to start.

  • Do ferrets need chew toys?

    Ferret’s don’t need chew toys like a chinchilla or guinea pig would however ferrets are hunter animals and love to be able to pounce and chew on things, so we’d recommend providing some chew toys for your ferrets.

  • Are wooden toys safe for ferrets?

    Wooden toys are not ideal for ferrets as they can easily be torn into small pieces that could be a choking hazard. You’ll be better off sticking with rubber and other non-splintering options.

Why Trust The Spruce Pets?

Ellie Welles is a writer and product expert for The Spruce Pets. Her writing has previously appeared in Newsweek. She lives with two cats.