If you don’t want to spend money on purchasing a ferret cage, you might wonder about making one yourself. Therefore, here, we will talk about how you can make a spacious homemade ferret cage that suits your pet the most. When you are trying to build a homemade ferret cage, there are a few rules that you must keep in mind. Hence, before I tell you what you need to do for a homemade ferret cage, let’s first lealet’sctors you need to consider for your ferrets’ well-being & safety
Five things To Consider For DIY Ferret Cage
The very first thing that you need is proper planning when you start to build a ferret cage. When housing a ferret, you should consider their needs & requirements for Space. Without proper planning, you might waste money, time, and hard work when building a DIY ferret cage.
Ferrets are known to play a lot, which means they will need a lot of room. Also, you will need to consider the escapability of ferrets because they can squeeze through & escape if given a chance. Also, consider how many you have. You must build a multi-story cage for a single ferret for its well-being.
If the cage is not spacious, you’ll encounter many issues when placing the areas, food, & water dishes for them. Also, your ferret will require a separate designated play area, bedding & litter box. Below are a few factors you should consider before building a homemade ferret cage.
According to the VCA Hospital, a ferret cage should be as large as you can build. However, I will suggest you have a minimum size of cage. If you have two ferrets, you should at least have a cage that is 20 inches long, 20 inches deep, & 40 inches wide. However, the bigger the better.
When housing even a single ferret, a multi-tiered cage is recommended, to house two ferrets, 24″ x 24″ x 18″ high (60 cm x 60 cm x 45 cm) is advised. According to the Nati”nal I”stitu of Health, determine how large the bedding, sleep area, eating place, exercise & play area, and liters box size will be, especially before building a cage.
Also, it would be best to consider adequate ventilation after decoration & amenities. You don’t want to overcrowd your ferret cage with many decorations. Don’t leave little room for your ferret to play, run & jump around. Regarding behavior, ferrets are most like dogs in a small package but high maintenance. Also, the American Ferret Association recommends having at least 31″L x 20″ W x 54″H with 1” bar spacing when building a double unit cage” for y” you’re free “et.
The bars of a ferret cage must be made from sturdy metal or wire bars. According to guineapigscage.com, cage grids are not very good for housing ferrets because your pet can squeeze through & get out. It is best to consider the rabbit wire when making a ferret cage.
To install the rabbit wire and build an effective homemade ferret cage, get the right metal bars; the best thing about wireframes is that the ferret will not be able to curve it easily, making it extra secure & safe for your pet. It would be best to keep the cage bar within 1 inch / 2.5 CM or less apart. According to the Ohio State University, ferrets can fit through very small gaps. So, if there is any hole, you will have to block it off.
Also, you need to consider the type of flooring. VCA Hospital advises avoiding wooden flooring as it can soak your pet’s urine & feces, leading to a foul odor. Since the cage must be well ventilated & hygienic, you should consider making it solid. I will personally recommend you to use corrugated plastic that is easy to trim.
However, be careful about the spacing between the pieces of frame or flooring. Even though many people may recommend using carpet, I highly advise you to avoid placing it inside your ferret cage, especially if you don’t plan to change it regularly. Carpets are soft & will be hard to clean. Plus, it holds odour & moisture.
Depending on the personality of your ferrets, they may also dig at it or chew the carpet apart, which can again be dangerous, like posing a risk for blockage if you swallow a piece. For me, linoleum works better than most alternatives, but this isn’t the best option.
You will still have to watch out for chewing behavior in your ferret. I will advise you to consider phenyl flooisn’tslates, known to be immune to moisture and look awesome once down. I will advise for Sheet vinyl (linoleum) or vinyl planks with overlapping flanges or ”click locks.”
According to PBS Pet Travels, ferrets have been frequently noticed squeezing between bars and successfully opening the ” e cage latch. Therefore, I will highly advise you also to ensure your ferret can’t get out without your permission when building a cage door.
Fitting a door with a lock is recommended for this naturally-born escape. Also, the door shouldn’t be very flexible for these smart critters. Additionally, it would be best to consider the l accessibility when building in a shouldn’t. It must be big/wide enough to fit a high-end litter pen.
Size Of Accessories
And finally, another thing you need to consider is the size of accessories you will be using inside your ferret cage for their well-being. Indeed, you can build and design something as crazy as you like, but you have to determine how you will be able to hang a hammock in there and put a litter pen.
Also, it would be best to consider where dishes & water bottles will go and what kind you want to use. While building a ferret cage, you don’t want to make a through-the-wall feeder because your pet will need a couple of days to dig out all the food or use it to escape. It is recommended to have a spacious cage where you can attach a dish to its side, making it available to use and access.
Homemade Ferret Cage: 5 Steps
Measuring & Cutting
You first need to measure the rabbit wire’s size and cut it accordingly as you want. Also, to build a standard ferret cage, you must cut the slates to about 1 inch wide and half an inch thick. Depending on how big you want to make the cage, trim the corrugated plastic or linoleum that you will use for flooring.
The second thing you need to do is attach all the slates to the frames with the help of screws or nails. Ventilation must be kept in mind. Also, ensure that the slates are spaced evenly for proper airflow & ventilation.
Install The Flooring
Depending upon the type of flooring you are considering, you must use it to cover the bottom of the cage, which prevents your ferret from digging out. As I told you earlier, you must avoid putting carpet, especially if you are not planning on replacing it regularly. Plus, wooden flooring is the worst you can ever imagine. As I said, it is best to use linoleum flooring that prevents ferrets from digging out, holding odor, or absorbing moisture.
Paint & Decorate It
If you want to make a good-looking cage for your ferret, you will also want to paint it properly. Even though this is an optional step, I would have done it to make my ferret cage look more attractive. After painting your ferret or staining it, let it dry for a few hours.
Once the paint is set, it’s time that you decorate your model to make it look attractive or heaven for your beloved ferrets. You can do this in multiple ways, like placing a hammock inside your ferret cage, which they love to rest on, and have other things around.
I will also advise you to put some toys inside that cage to keep your ferret mentally stimulated and engaged. Soft toys or plastic balls work great. However, we have also shared an in-depth article on homemade ferret toys.
Install Secure Lock & Place It
Lastly, you need to install a secure lock on your ferret cage door, as your pet is extremely smart in figuring out how to open the door & escape. Once the lock is properly installed, you must place a ferret cage where your pet can be safe from drafts & other hazards.
Also, make sure that you avoid putting your ferret cage in direct sunlight if you consider keeping your pets outdoors. Since most people keep them indoors, I will advise you to place their cage where you spend most of your day or your family members are likely to be around.
I hope you have a good idea of making a homemade ferret cage. I have tried my best to give you all the necessary tips to keep in mind while building a DIY ferret cage at home. When keeping a ferret in a cage, consider its cleanliness.
From time to time, you will also have to pay attention to cleaning the cage with a proper cleaner. If you want to avoid using commercial cleaners due to the risk of exposing your ferret’s hazards, consider reading another article on homemade ferret cage cleaner that is 100% safe for your pet.
I know the ideas here about building ferret cages are basic, but you can modify them. If there is anything that you would like to recommend to us, comment below. I will feel very happy to add that here and make this post more informative for future ferret owners to keep their pets happy, healthy, and secure for the rest of their lives.
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