We Finally Got It! – Ferret Nation Ferret Cage

After three years with Rikki and Possum in a cage that I really disliked, I added two more pet ferrets, Loki and Luna. Because I took Loki and Luna from a friend who had to get rid ofNew Ferret Nation Cage them, I also got their ferret cage.

It is a Ferret Nation Cage. I love the size and roominess. It’s definitely big enough for four ferrets.

What I really like about it is the way I can hang so many ferret beds and hammocks in it. I have four beds, three hammocks, and a climbing rope in this Ferret Nation Cage. And there is still plenty of room for my fuzzies to play.

Also, because I have a certain ferret (whose name I won’t mention, but Possum would be a good guess) who likes to fill empty corners with not-so-nice presents, I also have five litter boxes in the cage – four on the very bottom of the cage and one on the top floor.

What I also like about the Ferret Nation cage is that I can close off one section with my ferrets confined there while I clean a section above or below the one closed off. Another plus is the huge doors that make it easy to work in the cage and to take out or put in fuzzies.

This cage has legs with castors. The extra height makes it easy to work in, and the castors make it easy to move around. And the tray below the cage compartments is handy for storing toys and cleaning stuff.

The one thing I don’t like about this ferret cage is the very shallow trays. I wish they were much deeper. I’m always finding litter and poop on my bedroom floor.

You know how ferrets like to back up to walls to use the bathroom. Well, Possum will find a way NOT to use the litter boxes and just back his little booty to the side of the cage and then poop over the edge of the tray and on the floor. And this, of course, means extra cleaning for me! I do wish the trays had been a little better designed.

But other than that, I really like our new Ferret Nation Cage. And Rikki and Possum really like it, too. They’re not stuck in that small cage anymore. They also like the two new playmates that came with their new cage.

More and More Ferret Beds – Easy Ferret-Bed Rehabilitation

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 theirCollapsing Ferret Bed 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.Hanging Ferret Bed

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?

More on Ferret Beds – Location Matters to Pet Ferrets

If you’re a new ferret owner, you may think that all ferret beds are just about the same. But what you use as a ferret bed and where you put it will make a difference in your pet ferret’s wellbeing.

First, the sleeping area in the ferret cage should be roomy enough for your ferret to stretchPet Ferrets in Pirate Ship Bed out in and sleep. But also keep in mind that your fuzzy kids will also need room to burrow, dig, and create “nests” for themselves. These are instinctive behaviors in ferrets, and you need to provide for them.

Ferret bedding materials can be something as simple as an old T-shirt loosely draped in a corner of the cage. Others like to use old comforters, blankets, rugs, sweatshirts, towels, etc. Anything of that nature can be used to make a secure, dark, comfy sleeping space and would make a great ferret bed. (Just one caveat though: Do not use items that have stuffing or fibers that your ferret could chew up. They could become lodged in your pet’s digestive tract and create health problems down the road.)

If you’ve spent any amount of time researching ferret supplies, chances are you’ve fallen in love with the many cute ferret hammocks, sleep sacks, and other similar items available online or in many pet stores and magazines. They are undeniably fun to have, and ferrets love to curl up (or, in the case of many ferrets, pile up) in them. Before you buy, make sure they are made of machine-washable fabric and that they can be adapted to your cage. The cutest hammock won’t do any good if you don’t have a place to hang it.

If you’re on a budget, you may find it less expensive to make your own ferret bed. There are many patterns available online that will show you how to make your own sleep sacks and hammocks.  Making your own ferret beds will allow you to personalize them somewhat. For example, you can use fabric from your children’s outgrown clothes. Or you can go to a fabric store and select materials that would go with your home’s décor.

Whatever you use, make sure that it will withstand ferret wear and tear and (especially in the case of used items) that it doesn’t have any buttons or other things that your ferret could chew off and choke on. When you do create the item, be careful to make all seams secure. You’d hate for your fuzzies’ hammock to suddenly collapse with the whole gang inside it.

Once you have your ferret bed completed, you need to place it correctly. It’s best to put it as far as possible from your pet’s food, water, and litter box. Not only will this make it easier for you to clean, but ferrets tend to avoid sleeping near their toileting areas.

Most ferret experts advise letting a ferret explore his cage. That way, you can see where it chooses to toilet. Place the litter box there and then choose another spot for the ferret bed. Some savvy ferret owners will place the litter box and food/water bowls on the lowest level of a cage and reserve all the upper levels for sleeping/nesting/play areas. Such an arrangement confines the greatest possible ferret mess to the lower level, making it easier to refill the bowls, empty the litter pans, and so on.

A multi-level or multi-compartment ferret bed also allows your ferrets a chance to get away from one another for privacy. While ferrets are social by nature, they also need a chance to be alone. If you have more than one ferret, you may need more than one bed/nesting area.

A ferret bed is a perfect example of “doing unto others as you would have done unto you.” You yourself probably love a bed that is comfy, soft, warm, and that provides a certain amount of privacy. Provide those same qualities in your ferret bed, and you’ll have healthy, happy pets.

For more information on ferret beds and ferret care, take a look at Getting Started with Pet Ferrets.

A Husband’s Take on Pet Ferrets

Guest Post by Michael Hearing

As you know, my wife has two pet ferrets, Rikki and Possum. But what you probably don’t know is that I’m involved in their little fuzzy lives almost as much as she is, but in different ways.

I’m not complaining, though – I’ve become very attached to the little guys. It’s just that I wish I hadFerret Playing on Piano been forewarned. And I also wish ferrets were a little lower maintenance – like my dog, who just needs food and water, shots, many bowls of milk, and a little petting now and then.

First, ferrets require lots of stuff – ferret beds, ferret toys, special ferret food, hammocks, slings, toys, odor reducer, hair-ball preventive, toys, toothpaste, vaccinations, vitamins, toys, and nail clippers. And did I mention ferret toys? I think Rikki and Possum have more toys than our kids (the human ones) ever did when they were small.

And who do you think pays for all these ferret accessories? Yep, me.

For example, we just received our latest order of ferret goodies – 18-pound bag of food, hair-ball preventive, chew sticks, hanging bed, floor bed and hideout, tube system, and box of ferret-safe starch peanuts. It all came to a little over $100. And about two weeks ago we took Rikki and Possum for a vet visit. (I went, of course, so I could help with the ferrets and so I could pay the bill.) The shots and exams came to a total of $169.

When Karen brought in a cold, bedraggled albino ferret one December night, I had no idea such a small critter would run up such a large bill. Still, my attachment to them has grown even as my wallet has gotten noticeably thinner.

The other thing I never knew about pet ferrets is that they can impede your work. I work from home and require large blocks of interrupted time to get my work done. But you can kiss that goodbye when ferrets move in. Here’s why . . .

When I’m deep in thought, just on the cusp of solving a difficult work problem I’ve been struggling with for hours, there comes a call from the other room: “Michael, come here – you’ve just gotta see what Rikki and Possum are doing!” So I leave my computer – and my train of thought – and go see. Or when my Muse is upon me and my fingers are flying across the keyboard, there comes a knock at my door. And then Karen and two ferrets invade my room so that I can see the latest cute thing they’ve learned to do. In either case, when I’m ferret free again, I’ve lost my momentum.

At other times, when I’m reading and researching and trying to concentrate on some dry-as-dust text, I hear: “Michael, Rikki and Possum are out. Watch your chair. Don’t move your feet.” And then in a few minutes: “Michael, I can’t find Possum. Is he in your room?” So I go get a cup of coffee and try to remember what I was doing a few minutes before.

So, ferrets are great fun, and even wives can be enjoyable at times. But I’m convinced they are in collusion to hinder all work-from-home efforts.

And now, as if I didn’t have enough work to do already, I’ve been conscripted to build ferret toys and playgrounds. Karen just presented me yesterday with plans for Rikki’s and Possum’s new jungle gym. This weekend I’ll have to go to Lowe’s to buy the materials and then build the infernal thing. More expense and more interruptions. But – and don’t tell Karen this – I will enjoy building it and watching the woozles pay on it.

This, then, is my first installment of “A Husband’s Take on Pet Ferrets.”

Ferret Beds . . . Again

For anyone who might be interested, I got another ferret bed for my fuzzies. It’s a Ferret Playferret bed an ferret sleep sack Pyramid. And my babies love it!

I also got them a napsack (sleep sack). The problem, though, is that my two fuzzy critters like to sleep together, and this new bed doesn’t quite have enough room for both of them – especially when my chubby Possum tries to climb in with Rikki. Well, he’s not really that chubby – he just looks like it compared to Rikki. She’s my little petite “ADHD” baby.

The pyramid bed, on the other hand, has plenty of room for both of my ferrets. They canFerrets with Ferret Bed comfortably cuddle up and sleep together.

And this makes bed number five for Rikki and Possum. I have purchased several ferret beds for them because I like to change their bed fairly often so they can have a nice fresh bed.

We humans change the sheets on our beds often because we don’t like to sleep in dirty beds. So why should our furry friends have to sleep in dirty ferret beds?

In fact, Rikki and Possum even help change their beds. That is, they think they’re helping. Actually, they take off with the clean bed and hide it when I’m taking the dirty bed out of their cage. And like an idiot, I lay the dirty bed on the floor to look for the hidden clean one. Then, when I finally find the clean bed and get it in the cage . . . I have to go hunt the dirty bed. I usually find it under my bed and have to retrieve it from there before I can wash it.

So, as you can see, Rikki and Possum give me a lot more help with their beds than I want. But the whole escapade is actually enjoyable, and I have a lot of fun with their “help.”

In about a week to ten days, I’ll have another post about ferret beds because . . . Ricki and Possum will be getting two more brand-new beds. Dad ordered them today. So when they arrive and after Rikki and Possum try them out and give their opinions, I’ll post a review.

Ferret Beds for Happy Woozles at Sleep Time

We’ve touched on ferret beds before, but there’s a lot more to be said.

First, there are a ton of different styles of beds for ferrets. I have three different beds for Rikki andFerrets in Pirate Ship Bed Possum. One is the pirate-ship bed, one is a bed a friend made for them, and the third is a sleep sack. And, no, I don’t put them all in the cage at the same time. I alternate them – replacing the one in the cage with a clean one when it’s time for the one in use to be washed.  

I think their favorite one in the summertime is the pirate ship. They like to hang out of it when they get hot. The ferret bed my friend made is somewhat like a box bed, with a small opening on the top for Rikki and Possum to get into and out of the bed. It’s darker inside than the pirate-ship bed – and ferrets just love that. The sleep sack is a little too small for both of them together, so I’ll soon get a bigger one.

And here’s something to keep in mind when deciding on ferret sleeping accessories. Ferrets love hammocks!

Possum loves to use his hammock as a jungle gym. You’re probably thinking, “How can ferrets use a ferret hammock as a jungle gym?” But believe you me, they can do it – especially Possum. He jumps in it, climbs on it, jumps out of it, and hangs upside-down from it. He also likes to get in it and then jump on Rikki when she walks underneath. Possum and Rikki also like to take naps in it (but they don’t use it for their serious sleep time).

One thing I have learned about ferrets is that they love dark places when it’s time for sleep. And ferrets sleep 14+ hours a day – because they are so active when they play.

Ferret beds can be almost anything as long as it provides the dark, close space they love and as long as it’s safe for them. Their bed could be anything from a Kleenex box to a plastic milk jug with holes (and plenty of ventilation) cut in it to commercial or homemade sleep sacks and tents.  Even old blankets to hide in will work.

If you use a box or plastic jug or anything else you come up with, just make sure it’s secured somehow in the cage. If you don’t, your ferret will make a play toy out of it. And it may end up in the potty area – not good. I know this from first-hand experience.  

Getting Started With Pet Ferrets – Ferret Cages, Litter Pans, and Ferret Beds

Today, I thought I would pass along a few of my experiences with and some of what I’ve learned about providing a happy home for pet ferrets – because we all want the best for our fuzzy family members.

Ferret Cages

The very first thing you need to do is purchase a ferret cage. I really do think this should beFerret on bathtub done before you think about getting your ferret(s). And I strongly advise that you do a lot of research on the various kinds of ferret cages before making a decision. I wish I had!

I bought my first cage when I had only one ferret, my albino ferret Rikki. It was a pretty decent cage for one ferret in the beginning, but there are several things I don’t like about it.

The worst of the drawbacks is that there is no easy access for cleaning the bottom of the cage. To really clean it thoroughly, I have to take the cage apart, and then it’s a real pain in the rear to put it back together again. So, make sure the ferret cage you choose is easy to clean . . . because you will have to clean it often.

Another issue with this cage concerns the accessories. It has ramps – it’s a two-story cage – and a spiral slide that come off all the time. They are made of plastic, and so the fasteners break off easily – especially if you have a fat ferret like Possum.

This cage was great for one ferret, and it can accommodate two. So it could be a good choice for a first-time ferret owner who doesn’t want to spend a lot of money right off the bat. Still, I would advise that you do some research and shop around before deciding on a cage. It is, after all, your ferrets’ home when they aren’t running around the house. I just wish someone would have given me a little more and a little better advice before I boughtQuality Ferret Cage this particular cage.

Because I’m not really happy with this cage, I’ve been shopping for a larger and better-quality ferret cage. Right now I’m leaning toward the Ferret Nation Cage, but I still haven’t made up my mind yet. When I do, I’ll let you know. And if anyone has any tips or advice about ferret cages, I would love to hear it.

Litter Pans

Since these are must-have items, I strongly advise getting the lock-on ferret litter boxes (and lock-on food and water dishes too). Ferrets get bored very quickly and, as a result, are very mischievous. Trouble is no one told me that in the beginning. You wouldn’t believe how many ferret messes I had to clean up before I got wise.

Currently, I don’t have lock-on litter boxes, so I have to secure Rikki’s and Possum’s boxes with twist ties. When I clean their cage and litter pans, I have to make sure I re-fasten the twist ties when I’m finished. But I have forgotten to do this several times. On these occasions, since I don’t already have enough to do, and with ferrets being the ADHD-afflicted creatures they are, Rikki and Possum tip over their litter boxes and scatter the litter everywhere – just so I can come back in a couple of hours and clean their cage all over again.

Of course, I really think it’s a conspiracy to get out of their cage again. Do not underestimate the cunning of ferrets!

Ferret Beds

I have two ferret beds for my lovable woozles. (That way, they have a clean one while I wash the other one.) They are a pirate-ship bed, which they absolutely love and look adorable poking their little heads out of, and a homemade hanging house. They would rather share a bed than sleep separately.

Ferrets love dark places when they sleep. So be sure to keep that in mind when shopping for ferret beds. But ferrets do like to sprawl in ferret hammocks at times – usually with their heads hanging off in a terribly uncomfortable-looking way. But that’s just the way carpet sharks are.

Your ferret’s cage and litter pans and bed are, without a doubt, important considerations when you’re getting started with pet ferrets. But don’t forget that they need lots of time outside the cage to run and play. And they need a safe, ferret-proof environment to do it in.