I am so happy that I have finally come up with a solution for giving the ferrets access to more of the house without giving them access to Winston. The solution ended up being quite simple - I love it when that happens.
When Winston came to live with us we had the ferrets in our room during the day and then the swap would occur with Winston going upstairs and the ferrets having run of the house all night. Now that Winston wants to be a full time downstairs pig this poses a problem - how do we let the ferrets have some freedom without putting them in jeopardy by allowing them access to the pig and the chance of getting stepped on?
I finally found the perfect thing - a heavy faux leather room divider. I stretch this across the hallway and now I can leave our bedroom door open and the ferrets can have free run of our room, the upstairs bath and the craft room. They seem happy to have more space and they are trying to figure out how to escape but the room divider is too heavy for them to move and the faux leather is not climbable. WOOHOO!!!
I have taken an additional precautionary measure - installing industrial strength velcro at the top and bottom of the room divider and the door frames which the corners attach to - this protects kitties and piglets from pushing it open. It's not super lovely but it makes me more comfortable knowing that its one more level of "security" to keep the ferrets safe. So far no jail breaks....
So happy to let them have a bit more freedom knowing they are safe and sound upstairs. The other nice thing is that this keeps Emma from sneaking downstairs at night to do naughty things on the carpet. It will also give us the ability to boot obnoxious kitties out of our room without giving them access to wail at the top of their lungs at the closed bedroom door. It solves a multitude of problems - so pleased!!!