Ferrets require a safe place to stay when they cannot be supervised by their owners. Cages vary in cost, if you can’t afford a new one, many shelters offer gently used cages for much less.
Believe it or not! But the enclosure size affects your Ferret’s health. With more space, your pet runs more and exercises more. It keeps them healthy and more active. If the enclosure space is less then they will be stressed, bored, and starts to act aggressively.
The cages that should you purchase must be a multi-level cage and the minimum cage size required for housing one ferret is 24″ x 24″ x 18″ high (60 x 60 x 45 cm). The cage should be well ventilated, secure lock, have a wire mesh top, and have solid flooring. Wood flooring is not recommended for ferrets.
The only Cage suitable for ferrets are Wire mesh cages or C&C cages with a secure lock and closed top.
- Bar spacing: Ferrets are small creatures who can wriggle their way into small holes. If you choose a wire cage for your Ferret pets, you need to make sure that the bar space should not be more than 1.2 centimeters (0.5 inches).
- Cage floor: Remember that the cage floor should not be made up of wire mesh. If you still choose the wire mesh floor cage, your Ferrets may get injured while running inside the cage. Place bedding on the wire mesh floor or create a solid platform, or use a cage mat made of soft material.
- Secure the cage doors: Ferrets run quite fast, so an insecure door will be a good chance for them to escape. Children may often become curious and would want to hold the Ferrets. Closely monitor when your children decide to handle them, but still, ensure that the locks you have are secure.
- Double doors: The double door caged makes it easier for you to clean and feed your Ferrets.
Your ferret’s cage must contain accessories that keep your pet happy, healthy, and entertained. A cage without any accessories will make them feel bored, sad, and they cannot live a happy life. Here are some accessories that you should include inside their cage:
No specific amount of water can be made a general rule that applies to all ferrets. Most ferrets drink water up to 20 times a day. It all truly depends on each ferret. You need to make sure that your ferret always has access to clean water. You need to provide them a stoppered water bottle that can be attached to the side of the cage.
Provide the food dish for your ferrets. Heavy ceramic bowls are the best way to supply your pets with food since they can’t be chewed and is difficult for them to spill.
Ferrets like to dig in and move their bowls around, and can be especially messy with their water bowls, Stick with a bowl that attaches to the cage and won’t move.
While a family of humans can get by with one toilet, a single ferret requires multiple litter pans. Most of the people recommend two for the cage and a few more for their play area, as ferrets won’t do you the favor of running back to their cage to do their business.
For litter, cautions against the clumping or clay litter used in cat litter boxes, as these can cause respiratory issues for ferrets. We use pelleted litters that are safe and inexpensive. Think recycled newspaper pellets or even wood stove pellets, which come in 40-pound bags for around $5 at many hardware stores.
What you use for bedding in your ferret’s cage can vary greatly in cost and materials, and can be purchased from a number of suppliers or made at home from fabrics such as fleece or flannel. Some ferret owners even make and sell their own custom bedding, cage ramp covers, and hammocks.
How much you spend on toys will vary based on your budget, but are a must to keep your ferret stimulated and happy. There are some great toys out there that you can buy or things you can make yourself.
For example, you can take an old pill bottle, put a small bell or a few popcorn kernels or pennies in it, and secure the lid to make a jingly toy. Ferrets will also love toys you probably already have around the house, including paper bags and cardboard boxes.
Location for the Cage
- The first factor you should keep in mind is the temperature. You should place the cage in a room when the temperature is between 65-75oF. If the temperature is high they might get heat stroke!!
- The cage should not be in the kitchen or near any fireplace nor in a direct sunlight room. Also Don’t put them in an unattended, chilly room or above from surface.
- Keep the cage away from damp regions where the humidity can be high. It is because the cage would have hay all the time and it absorbs the water and also serves as a medium for bacterial culture.
- Ferrets are social creatures they love humans so it is better to place the cage in a room where there will be foot traffic like a living room where they can also watch Tv and chill. But make sure you have a hide-out space in the cage so that when they feel stressed or don’t want any interaction or noise they can retreat to that space.
- If you are placing the cage in a living room make sure that you are not placing the cage nearer to a TV, radio, or any stereos. Ferrets are sensitive to noise and it really stresses them out.
- If you have any other pet like a cat make sure your pet can’t reach the cage and hurt your ferret. If you have toddlers then keep the cage in a room your kid can’t reach and disturb them.
- Don’t keep your Ferrets outdoor because too much temperature can affect their body. Allow them to play with necessary safety precautions in your garden on a moderately sunny day.
Unsuitable Cage Locations
- Bedroom: this location will lead to the development of allergies on your ferret’s body.
- Garage or Shed: these locations are colder than the interior of your house, and the exhaust fumes from motorcycles and/or cars that may upset your ferrets’ health.
- Kitchen: unhygienic since this area is where food is prepared and consumed.
Important Cage Necessities
- Cage material
- Ease of cleaning
- Suitability for burrowing
Cleaning the cage
Make sure to deep clean their enclosure twice a month and/or whenever necessary. As a first step, remove all the accessories and clean them with warm, soapy water. If they smell soapy, take a towel and rub them softly. Ensure the cage and its accessories are dry before placing them back in.
Do not over-clean the cage; this stresses your Ferret since they think you are ruining their home again, clean only when necessary. Never use any harmful detergents or high PH soaps. Always use neutral ones.
However, you have to daily spot clean their cage by changing their bedding, removing the uneaten food, and spot clean using damp clothes.