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.
The very first thing you need to do is purchase a ferret cage. I really do think this should be 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 bought 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.
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!
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.