I am one of those people who think their little fuzzies cannot have enough ferret beds.
Rikki and Possum have seven beds, two sleep sacks, and a hammock (but not all in their cage at the same time, of course).
Two of these beds I bought from Doctors Foster and Smith – the Fuzz-E-Tree Sleepers set (two pieces). One of the set is a tunnel that resembles a log and hangs in the cage. The other piece is a round house, and it is supposed to resemble a small tree stump. But it doesn’t hang – it just sits on the floor.
I sweet talked my husband into ordering these beds for me. When they finally arrived in the mail, I got so excited, just like a kid at Christmas.
I grabbed up the package and hurried into my bedroom where my fuzzy kids live. I just had to show Rikki and Possum their new beds.
The “log” tunnel they loved – but the “tree house” kept collapsing on them. My pet ferrets didn’t like that, so they soon ignored it and wouldn’t have anything to do with it. It ended up just lying on the floor beside their toy box. (Yes, my fuzzy kids have their own toy box. Actually, it’s a basket that holds their smaller toys.)
I thought about putting this tree-stump bed in the bottom of their cage, thinking maybe they would eventually use it. But I soon scratched that idea because that’s where they have two of their litter boxes. And, besides, it still wouldn’t hold its shape.
So I got to thinking: “Surely there is a way to put straps on that bed and hang it in the cage.” And this is what I came up with.
I went to the Dollar Tree store (a chain in this part of the country that everything is on sale for just a dollar) and purchased a dog leash that matched the bed’s pattern and color scheme. Then, I went to Hobby Lobby and bought four small hooks (or snaps) from the jewelry section.
Having done that, I took a seam ripper and unsewed the top corner seams of the bed. I next cut the leash into four pieces (straps) about eight and a half inched long. Then, I inserted the end of each strap through a snap, doubled over the end of each strap, and sewed the loop shut. (These would be used to hook onto the top of the cage.)
I then turned the bed inside out and pinned the straps onto the corners, making sure that the longest part of each strap was on the inside. That way, when the bed was turned right side out again, the straps would be outside the top of the bed.
After I got the straps thus pinned, I sewed them into the corner seams using my sewing machine. And then after securing the straps in this manner, I turned the bed right side out again.
I now have another hanging ferret bed for Rikki and Possum – one they actually like.
This was a bed that just sat on the floor unused. Previously, they wouldn’t have anything to do with it, but now they love it! This collapsing bed now keeps its shape because it is hanging. So Rikki and Possum have both a “log” and a “tree house” hanging in their cage.
Since I came up with this idea for my pet ferrets’ “tree house” bed, I’ve been wondering what other ideas I can come up with. I don’t think seven ferret beds are enough. They’ve got to have a wide selection, don’t you think?