Bottom of the Ferret Cage

Do I put anything on the bottom of my ferrets’ (Rikki’s and Possum’s) cage? The onlyFerret in Cage thing I have on the bottom of their ferret cage is their litter boxes.

My little fuzzies are not very clean house keepers. They scatter their food everywhere, and they play in their water bowl, splashing water everywhere.

Rikki and Possum also dig. They like to dig in their litter boxes right after I’ve cleaned them out and put in fresh litter.

And they like to move their furniture around. A lot! I have to make sure everything is tied down – especially their litter pans. If I don’t do this, I’ll find the litter boxes moved and even turned upside down, with ferret litter and my little fuzzies’ unmentionables (like their poop) scattered all over the bottom of their cage.

I also know that if I put newspaper or old rags or old clothes in the bottom of my fuzzy kids’ ferret cage, I would find these things in their beds and in their food and water dishes. I would also find these items on the floor of my bedroom. I know this would happen because I’ve tried it, and Rikki and Possum just stuffed these things through the bars of their cageGreat New Ferret Book and out onto my floor. You think that’s not possible? It absolutely is if the items are small enough for them to push through the spaces between the cage bars. Ferrets are no dummies!

So there’s the answer to the question “Do I put anything on the bottom of my pet ferrets’ cage?” No, I do not. I have a hard enough time keeping it clean as it is.

Litter Boxes for Pet Ferrets

What kind of litter boxes should we use in our fuzzies’ cages? Here are a few suggestions –Ferret Litter Pan some things I’ve learned from (sometimes not-so-pleasant) experience.

When nature calls and our little fuzzies have to run to the bathroom, they run to a corner. Then they turn around and back up to the corner where the walls meet and do their business. So my advice is to get a ferret litter box with a fairly high back. Or you will find “surprises” on the floor in the bottom of the cage.

The litter boxes I have for Rikki and Possum are triangle shaped so they will fit nicely into a corner where my fuzzy babies like to do their business. These litter boxes also have high backs (two sides of the triangle) with a much lower front side to allow easy access. They work very nicely in the corner of the cage.

I would also advise getting locking litter pans. If your pet store is out of locking kind or doesn’t carry them, then I would highly recommend that you tie the litter pans down in some way. You can use C-clamps, twist ties, or small bungee cords. Just make sure they are secured in the cage, usually to the bars of the cage wall.

You can also purchase suitable ferret litter boxes from Amazon or form the Marshall site. And you can order them from Doctors Foster and Smith.

I have three litter boxes in Rikki’s and Possum’s cage. They are not the locking kind, so I tieFerret in Litter Box them down with twist ties.

If you don’t use locking litter boxes or if you don’t secure your non-locking litter pans, you will soon find them turned upside down. And you will also find litter and unwanted surprises all over the bottom of the cage.

I have learned through experience to make sure Rikki’s and Possum’s litter boxes are securely tied down. That way, we are all happy.

You can find out how to litter train your ferrets in Getting Started with Pet Ferrets.