You are considering adopting a ferret and you don’t know how to choose the right cage for its well-being? The ferret is indeed an animal with very specific needs and requires an environment well adapted to its expectations. Here are our tips for choosing the right cage for your little companion as well as the accessories to install in it.
Which cage should I buy for my ferret?
The ferret needs a large cage in which it can run, jump, climb and exercise at its leisure. At a minimum, it should be at least one meter long by 50 cm wide and 50 cm high.
There are several types of ferret cages available, more or less adapted to your ferret’s needs:
The metal cage: this is the most suitable model for ferrets. The bars must be tight enough so that the animal cannot injure itself. Air can circulate easily in the cage.
Plastic cages: These are cheaper, but are not suitable for ferrets. Plastic cages do not allow air to circulate properly, which increases the risk of respiratory problems and disease.
Wooden cages: Although they are environmentally friendly and aesthetically pleasing, avoid wooden cages, which absorb urine and are very difficult to clean. The cage then gives off bad smells.
The glass cage: the terrarium is not suitable for ferrets. Avoid this purchase, which will present a significant danger for your pet.
Which closing device?
Ferrets are very clever animals, capable of opening their cage by themselves. We therefore advise you to choose a model with a robust and complex locking system.
A well-equipped cage
The ferret needs to live in a cage in which each location is well defined. Therefore, plan to clearly distinguish each part.
Sleeping area: The ferret sleeps between 10 and 15 hours a day and should therefore have a comfortable and well defined place for a good sleep. The ferret appreciates a warm, cozy and comfortable space in a darker environment. You can set up a cozy nest in a small cabin or install a hammock or a small tunnel.
Dining area: Your ferret should eat in peace and quiet. Set up two stable feeding bowls away from other areas. One will be dedicated to food and the other to fresh water, which you will change every day. Choose heavy models that the ferret will not be able to spill.
Hygiene corner: Like the cat, the ferret likes to be clean. Install its litter box in a corner of the cage, away from other spaces. Opt for a litter box with raised edges so that he can lean on it to do his business.
Play area: Ferrets are very playful animals. Create a play area with hiding places, ladders, balls and tunnels.
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What accessories for his ferret cage?
To make it nice and comfortable, your ferret will need accessories in its cage.
Food and water bowls and the litter box are the most indispensable parts of the cage. Choose sturdy and safe models.
In addition, your small animal will appreciate a hammock to lounge in, pipes to hide and sneak in and play mats to entertain it. If you’re designing a custom cage, install a small cat tree that can entertain your small pet at any time in the cage or even outside.
Finally, consider lining the floor with straw in your ferret’s sleeping area. Your ferret will appreciate the warmth and comfort of the hay for resting and basking.
Where to install your ferret’s cage?
The location of your ferret’s cage is very important for its well-being. Install it in a quiet and peaceful place, away from traffic. Avoid draughts and keep the temperature between 15 and 24°C. Finally, ferrets like light, which is why the cage should not be placed in a dark place.
For the safety of your little companion, do not hesitate to install the cage in a closed room that is free of sources of danger. The ferret can easily escape from a cage with an accessible locking device. This way, if it escapes, it will not be in danger.
It should be noted that while the ferret’s cage must be well adapted to its needs, it must be kept in mind that the ferret must be able to get out of it several hours a day to exercise and have fun.