Before you bring your fuzzy little friend home for the first time, make sure that you’ve got your ferrets cage arranged. Choosing the right type of cage is important but so is making sure it contains everything your ferret needs. It should be not only a safe haven for your ferret, but also a place where it can play and entertain itself.
Choosing the Right Ferrets Cage
While there are cages that are made specifically for ferrets, you don’t necessarily need to buy one. Any cage will do as long as two conditions are met.
1. It needs to be big enough that your ferret can run around and play in it. Ferrets are small, so it should be at least 2 by 3 feet.
2. There need to be no gaps between the bars. Ferrets are notorious for wriggling out of their cages. Make sure you’ve got not more than 1 1/2 inch between bars.
Make sure that your ferret has some soft bedding to sleep on. Cloth is the best material. You should also give it a few layers of bedding so that it can stay warm during the cool nights. If you want to give your ferret something really luxurious, you can buy ferret bedding at the pet store.
Food and Drink
Ferrets like to move things around in their cages so the best kind of food bowl is one that’s attached to the cage. It’s recommended that you place the food bowl high enough in the cage so that it can’t dig in it. Some ferrets like to do that. If you put it on the floor of the cage, make sure it’s secured because your ferret will turn it over in the middle of some hectic playing. It’s also best to attach water bowls to the cage and make sure that you provide them with a fresh supply of water.
Your Ferrets Cage Toilet
One corner of the cage should be the litter box. It’s recommended that you avoid cat litter because many types can cause health problems. Some cat litter is dusty, and this will irritate your ferret’s respiratory system. Recycled newspaper pellets and denatured wood pellets work well, and you can also buy litter made specifically for ferrets at the pet store. The litter pan should be large so that your ferret can fit all four feet in it comfortably.
Keep Your Ferret from Stinking
Ferrets have a bad reputation for being stinky animals but in truth, they’re no smellier than a small dog or a house cat. The reason so many smell is that their bedding isn’t changed on a regular basis. Scoop out the litter every day and give the whole cage a good cleaning twice a week.
Finally, keep the cage well-supplied with plenty of little toys. Ferrets are playful animals and a bored ferret has nothing to do but plan its escape!