By Erika Matulich, Ph.D.
When ferrets became popular in the pet market in the 1980s, nobody knew that much about their unique needs, especially when it came to housing. We put them in aquariums (not enough ventilation), rodent cages (too small), dog crates and parrot cages (wire spacing permitted escapes).
Fortunately, today a wide variety of ferret-specific cages are manufactured with the ferret’s lifestyle (and the convenience of the owner) in mind. Where your ferret lives is just as important to your ferret as it is to you. Before you buy, assess the cage using these 10 tips.
Ferrets should not be able to injure themselves on sharp edges, exposed wire ends, hardware that could pinch (latches or hinges), or openings that could trap or choke a ferret or catch a foot. Consider a professionally manufactured ferret cage before thinking about building your own, unless you are very experienced with both ferrets and cage design.
If your ferret’s cage is your entire home (see info box on Free-Roam Ferrets), make extra efforts toward continuous ferret-proofing, and invest in a cage or carrier. For information about some of the dangers to ferrets and the need for ferret-proofing, see the General Mayhem section in the “Trouble In Paradise” article on Page 50.
For the full article, pick up the 2012 issue of Ferrets USA or click here to buy the issue.