My small, smelly, slinky cat snakes are driving me crazy.

Friends and family have asked if I plan to write about my ferrets any time soon. The answer is yes. Why now you ask? I have ran into a ferrety dilemma.

I always had many ferrets at a time. My ferrets are free-roaming ferrets, meaning I allow them to go throughout my home, aside from a few rooms that are not safe for them.

For most of my ferrets, my place is their second home.

I had to teach many of my ferrets to eat meat and ferret kibble. I even had to encourage them to eat treats so I can train them to do “tricks,” let me clip their nails and have something to reward them with.

Each slinky, smelly little ferret has its own personality and they each have their favorite toys and treats.

Years ago I ferret-proofed my house so that they couldn’t get into the kitchen and bathroom — to keep them and my belongings safe.

This set up no longer works.

One of my little troublemakers is one-year-old Panda and he is a black sable ferret — he will not stop climbing.

The gate is too short to stop the tallest ferret I have ever seen or owned.

Panda is tall enough to climb onto kitchen chairs, the couch, up my clothes in the closet, coffee table and the side of his cage.

Gee, I wonder why his previous owners named him Panda.

He isn’t even sneaky about it.

The other ferrets, when I say “NO! Get down!” they stop and find something else to do.

But Panda, he turns, deliberately looks you in the eye and then goes right back to what he was doing.

I have bought toy after toy to find what this ferret likes and have encouraged him to play with me and the others, but something is on the other side or above him that he wants really bad.

This isn’t necessarily unusual ferret behavior. He may just like to climb and weasel his way through everything.

There really is no need for me to keep beating myself up over it, but it sure is a pain to chase him around the house.

— Stephanie Potter is a staff writer at the Morning Sun. She can be emailed at or follow her on Twitter @PittStephP.