It's really very simple. To make a ferret yawn, you just have to hold them by their scruff. For whatever reason, this makes them very relaxed and their body sort of goes limp. Then the yawning begins. This is how we held ferrets that needed to be examined or have other things done to them at the veterinary clinic where I worked.
|Photo via Aditya Gaddam|
Here's a video of a ferret yawning while being scruffed. (There are some really cute little rats in the background too!)
Pretty cute, huh? I am not sure why scruffing a ferret makes them yawn. According to Dr. Foster and Smith, scruffing a ferret the right way is much like the way their mother would carry them around and/or discipline them if they are being naughty. They recommend only scruffing for disciplinary purposes or for grooming and medical care.
Here's another video of a cute ferret yawning for your viewing pleasure. This one isn't being scruffed, but is just really relaxed. Had to share this one too because I think he might just be one of the biggest ferrets I have ever seen!
My apologies if you are ready for a nap now!