The ferret cage that you use will dramatically affect the well-being of your pets. It is just as important to them as your house is to you. With a lot of things to consider, it’s a case of choosing the best for your situation. So whether you plan on buying or making a cage, make sure it’s the best choice.
This page is split into two sections, Indoor cages and Outdoor cages. If your unsure about where to keep your ferret cage or pen, you can find out more at Is a Pet Ferret Right For You?
If kept inside, ferrets will need to be in natural light but out of direct sunlight. Its also important to think about how noisy the area is and how often the animals will be disturbed.
An indoor ferret cage must:
• Have a sturdy structure, allowing for no escape attempts. Its amazing what size gaps a ferret can wiggle in and out of. If the cage is ‘meshed’ the ferrets may try to make a hole to climb out of.
• Have a solid floor; if it is meshed, cut some card or wood to cover it to avoid damaged feet.
• Be kept in the shade and be kept cool. Ensure the cage is out of direct sunlight
• Have good ventilation, but make sure its not in a drafty area.
• Have clean straw or paper shreddings (This is much easier to manage with a ferret litter box!) .
• Have a steady supply of water and food.
A indoor ferret cage must NOT :
• Be an aquarium of any kind, glass will not ventilate enough.
• Be in a loud, wet, cold or hot environment.
• Have no lighting. It must have a dark area(or be dark during the night), but needs some natural light. Only receiving un-natural lighting can cause illness, so be careful!
• Wood chippings or wood shavings on the floor. These can very harmful to the lungs of small mammals, I’d suggest you fully avoid using any kind of wood chippings just to be sure.
I would recommend using outdoor cages as they are easier to maintain and are a more natural living environment for ferrets.
An Outdoor Cage Must:
• Have a solid structure, to prevent escape attempts. You’ll be shocked what size gaps a ferret can squeeze between. In the ‘meshed’ sections of the cage, make sure the holes aren’t too big. I covered mine in chicken wire just to be sure
• Be kept in the shade and be kept cool. Its extremely important that the cage is out of direct sunlight. Ferrets are very sensitive to hot conditions
• Have good ventilation, but must have shelter from wind and other harsh weather conditions
• Have clean straw . I wouldn’t recommend using paper shreadings outside due to the damp (This is much easier to manage with a ferret litter box!)
• A steady supply of water and food. In the winter this might be tricky because of the freezing conditions
An Outdoor Cage Must NOT :
• Be entirely mesh, it provides no cover.
• Be in a loud, wet, cold or hot environment; like under a gutter pipe or near a generator.
• Have no strew or hay.
• Offer no shelter from light. Its important that they have a place to sleep.
Toys and fun
Being playful by nature might make them great pets, but it also makes them hard work. Its important that they have something to do between handling seasons. There are many toys on the market but in my experience nothing excites a ferret more then an empty pipe or a tennis ball. Don’t waste your money! Anything from a pile of logs to a paper bag will do.
Handing and Exercise
No matter how many toys you offer,
boredom is just around the corner. Make sure you get your pet out for exercise and handling often.
Try and make the enclosure as active as possible. Put in ramps, piping and other obstacles in the way to ‘force’ exercise into daily activities.
Build your Own
Building your own ferret cage means you can build exactly what you want. The photo bellow is the pen I made; it used to be an old bird house. All I did was remove the bird stands, add some piping and logs (to be used as toys and for shading) and add a shelf indoors for an ‘upstairs bed’. The only way to get to the bed is with the ramps outside, forcing exercise.
Those little things that make life easier
are a big plus. Like using a heavy food bowl to stop it getting flipped over. I would also
suggest you try and add a water bottle to the cage.
A ferret litter box is also a massive help. Although you can't tolet train a ferret it's easy enough to see a pattern. Spot where is used most as a toilet and simply place the ferret litter box in that space, fingers crossed ay?
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