It can be overwhelming for any pet owner when deciding what things we need to give our BFFs the most safe and comfortable space. Like all animals, Ferrets have very species-specific needs. Animal history, personality, likes/dislikes; these all play a very important role in what we, as responsible pet owners, need to supply. So what do I need to get my Ferret cage started?
IT’S FUN TO RUN
Ferrets are one of the most playful pets a human would be lucky enough to have in their family. Think energy. And energetic small pets, like energetic hoomans, need space. According to the Humane Society, a single-ferret cage should be at least 18 inches long, 18 inches deep, and 30 inches wide. However, if you feel that bigger is better, go for it; your ferret won’t be frustrated. Multi-level cages with stairs, ladders and shelves are great options to keep your buddy busy. If you have multiples (or are planning to add to your ferret flock), you’ll need to opt in for a larger cage: more ferrets = more dishes and toys… but more ferret fun!
Plus, imagine having to eat, sleep, potty, and play all in the same space; who would want something small?!
WE NEED THE BEST BEDDING – WE LOVE TO SLEEP!
While ferrets think it’s fun to run, they go nuts for naps. 15-20 hours of sleep per day is common for most. So, they need some Comfy (with a capital C) bedding. Most experienced ferret owners have found that pelleted litter is the best option. Compressed recycled paper pellets and wood pellets are the most absorbent, which means odor control is best. Kiln dried pine pellets are also a good option. With a high-quality pine pellet, you’ll get more density, which will absorb more odor than a lower quality pellet.
TOYS FOR DAYS
While ferrets love their toys, they also love to chew, so anything they’re able to chew and swallow should be off-limits. Anything soft or rubbery, cross off your list. Interactive toys are usually a hit: think cat teaser toys on a stick; you can’t go wrong. Ferrets love to hide, too, so non-toxic tunnels and baskets are really awesome options. And what ferret doesn’t dig digging? Tubs of plastic balls are perfect to play in. They also like a good, relaxing, hammock lounge. So, lucky for ferret owners, we have tons of toys to pick from. Remember that safety is always our first concern. If you’re on the fence about whether or not to buy your ferret a certain toy, do some research, talk to an expert or call your vet for an opinion. It’s better to be safe than sorry.
Of course, ferrets will need the essentials, too: food, water (maybe a few treats; they’d really love that!). But when setting up your cage, the above is sure to help. Let them thrive in their every day environment by giving them plenty of space, and keeping them comfy and entertained.
Frolic on, Ferrets!