Diy ferret cage ideas
Ferrets love water, and a ceramic bowl filled with water becomes a amazing toy. Yes, water will get splashed, but that is what towels are for, right? Just grin and take pictures of the fun.
A plastic tub can be filled with leaves, paper balls, scented cloth, rattle balls, toys, or just about anything you can imagine. Even an empty tub becomes a put for wrestling and play.
Every ferret cage needs a cage blanket, which is nothing more than a covering that conceals part or most of the interior. The best cage blankets are made love quilts, with an interior layer of washable water resistant fabric (preferably dark), quilt batting for insulation in the middle and an outer layer of decorative fabric. The inner layer allows easier clean up of potty mistakes, the insulation layer helps absorb noise and the outer layer makes it glance nice for the neighbors.
My cage blankets own a top that is custom fitted to the cage, with back and side flaps that extend to the bottom of the cage; two flaps cover the front.
When hanging below and fastened with Velcro, the flaps convert the cage to a peaceful, warm and dark environment. It is extremely simple to lift the flaps up to watch the ferrets, or perhaps to permit light and air in the cage during playtime.
A little clip-on fan (battery powered) can be fairly helpful in reducing odor or circulating cooling air. I always clip one on when the room is warm, and occasionally I’ll mist some water through the air stream to cool the cage.
The fact that ferrets prefer to sleep in a nest is readily apparent to anyone who has had to drag a ferret from under a sofa or hutch, or search for a ferret inside dresser drawers. A nest box can be made from a cardboard box (just cut a hole in the end), or fashioned from wood or plastic. A three-dollar washtub with a hole cut in the side, turned upside below and clamped to a sheet of cardboard is as excellent as any.
Even a wood parrot box from the pet store works as a nest box.
It doesn’t matter what they are made from — cloth, plastic, metal or paper — ferrets love tubes. In my ferrets’ cage, I replaced every ramps with tubes, which I prefer to trying to cover a ramp with carpet. I also own a large coiled tube in the bottom of the cage.