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.

Cleaning a Ferret Cage with “Helpful” Ferrets

Guest Post by Michael Hearing

Last winter my wife was gone for about two weeks. We live in a fairly remote rural area, and she was snowed out. So it fell to me to take care of her two pet ferrets, Rikki and Possum. I found it a lot harder than she led me to believe.

Oh, giving them food and water and letting them out to play weren’t much trouble (well, thatFerrets in Pirate Ship Bed is, except for finding them and getting them back in the cage afterward). The headache-causing chore was cleaning litter boxes and cleaning the cage. And the biggest problem was that her ferrets are so very, um, “helpful.”

A cage-cleaning session would usually go something like this . . . 

  1. I get out the litter scoop and the plastic bags for the soiled litter and set them beside me on the floor.
  2. I next take the ferrets out of the cage and let them run loose.
  3. I reach for the scoop and bags – and find them gone. The ferrets – most often Rikki, Karen’s albino ferret – have fallen back into thievery and taken my ferret cage-cleaning tools.
  4. So, at this point, I stop my ineffectual efforts and retrieve the bag and scoop from under the bed.
  5. I begin scooping out the poop and clumped litter and then TRY to dump the scoop’s contents into the plastic bag – but most of it goes on the floor. Why? Because of the unwanted “help” I’m getting. Rikki and Possum – because they are ferrets and so incorrigibly curious and inquisitive (but maybe “nosey” is a better word) – keep putting their little ferret feet and ferret noses onto the scoop and into the bag’s mouth.
  6. So I get about a thimble full of litter into the bag and the rest on the carpet. And the next (unplanned) step in the cleaning process is vacuuming.
  7. Now, it’s time to clean the cage. So I get out my supplies – spray bottle containing cleaning solution, paper towels, and small trash can – and arrange them around me on the floor.
  8. I spray the floor of the cage with the cleaning solution and then reach for the paper towels. But guess what? There are no paper towels. So I dive back under the bed to retrieve them from where the “helpful” ferret thieves have stashed them.
  9. So, I’m finally able to give the cage a first wiping down and then deposit the dirty paper towels in the trash can.
  10. And then when I turn back to the cage, there sits Possum (who at the time was young and more than a little chubby) in the middle of the cage floor I need to clean. And he doesn’t want to move. I finally manage to get him so I can continue cleaning.
  11. I spray the cage again for a thorough cleaning, wipe it down, and reach for the trash can. But it’s not there. It has been turned over, and the contents scattered all over the floor.
  12. So I pick all that up and try again and again and – well, you get the picture.

And so it went, time after time, until my wife FINALLY was able to come home and rescue me.

Karen thinks the best solution for ferret-challenged people like me is to get the Ferret Nation cage. With it you can close off one section, thus protecting yourself from “helpful” ferrets, while you clean the other section. And this sounds like a pretty good idea to me.

Ferret Cages . . . Again

My little fuzzy kids are needing a bigger cage. I have perused catalogues, scoured the internet, and searched almost every pet store within a 70-mile radius. And I am still not completely satisfied with any of the cages I’ve seen.

My family and friends say my pet ferrets are spoiled – but I say they are just well loved. In any case, their cage is too small now for their several beds, their many toys, their litter boxes, their food and water dishes, and them. So I am shopping for a bigger cage. Decisions, decisions, decisions!

I have, however, narrowed down the search, and I am currently considering two cages – the Ferret Penthouse and the Ferret Nation cage. I like both and for different reasons. Each of these ferret cages has features that the other lacks.

The Ferret Penthouse measures 40.9 inches by 24.4 inches by 56.8 inches high and comesFerret Penthouse in at around $150. So it’s almost big enough, and the price is right. What I really like about this cage is the big pull-out bottom tray that will keep litter messes down and will allow easy cleaning.

But I don’t care for the Ferret Penthouse’s small doors. I’ve also read some less-than-great reviews. The main drawback seems to be that the cage is difficult to assemble. Apparently, some of the holes don’t line up, and you have to bend parts to get them to fit right.

The Midwest 142 Ferret Nation Double-Level Cage is 26 by 25 by 62.25 inches and is inFerret Nation Cage the mid-$200 range. It too is almost big enough and seems to be reasonably priced. This one has two features that I really like. You can add another level to make it even bigger, and the double doors are big, taking up the whole side of a section (or level). You also don’t need any tools for assembly.

The thing I don’t like about the Ferret Nation cage is that it has a very shallow bottom pan. And that means I would have even more litter mess on my bedroom floor than I already have. But I guess that’s why I have a vacuum cleaner.

So, unless I come across any better options, I’m thinking I will go with the Ferret Nation cage (as of right now, anyway) – because of its size possibilities and the big doors that will make it easy to put in and take out my ferrets and their food and water and toys and beds.

If I could combine the two cages, though, I would have the perfect ferret cage. If I could find a manufacturer to do that . . . I would be happy, and I would have two very happy fuzzy kids.