Ferrets are lively, inquisitive, and fun little pets. They are also very good at escaping, exceptional at chewing, and they can squeeze through surprisingly small gaps. This means that the best ferret cage is one that gives them plenty of room to move about, both horizontally and vertically, an opportunity to play and run around, and that keeps them securely under lock and key until you decide it is time to let them out.
Unfortunately, a ferret habitat of a decent size can cost a lot of money, while the more affordable ones tend to be devoid of excitement and lacking in space. Below, you can find guides and DIY ferret cage plans to help you create your own ferret abode.
The 10 DIY Ferret Cage Plans:
1. DIY Ferret Playhouse
Ferrets really do love to climb through pipes and hide in confined spaces. The uPVC plastic piping in this DIY ferret playhouse is not only a great circumference that your dook can comfortably climb in, but it won’t be easily chewed. This is a playhouse, rather than a house, which means that it doesn’t necessarily have to be as big but it also means that it doesn’t have to include litter trays, beds, and food bowls unless you want it to.
2. Modified Rabbit Hutch Ferret Cage
Dedicated ferret cages might be difficult to come by, but they share a lot of similarities with hutches and cages for other animals. Rabbit hutches tend to be quite spacious, although they do lack the layers that a ferret enjoys climbing up. This modified hutch has multiple layers, including a ball pool at the bottom that is complete with a ferret hammock. The water bottle and food bowl are on the top layer, along with a covered bedding area and an easy-access door. The original hutch was designed to look good, which means that this modified version also looks more attractive than a few planks of wood would.
3. DIY Ferret Bookshelf Cage
Ferrets love bookshelves and bookcases because they enjoy climbing up them. You do need to take care if your ferret does like to ascend bookshelves, however, because they aren’t as skilled at climbing back down and their lack of a sense of fear means that they will usually just jump to a lower surface. With a modified bookshelf, you have several layers of home, and you can add stairs or holes between the layers, while also placing a secure cover over the front of the unit. You will need to find somewhere else to store your books, though.
4. Large Outdoor Ferret Cage
There are pros and cons to keeping a ferret outdoors. On the plus side, it means that any toilet smell is kept out of the house. It also means that you don’t have to find room for a giant ferret cage. But, opponents say that it means your ferret is too far detached from your family, and as well as extreme weather conditions, there is a risk of predators. Plus, if your ferret does manage to escape its abode, there is the risk of it running away. However, if you do plan to keep yours outdoors, this large ferret house will go some way to ensuring a happy and comfortable life. It has a huge amount of room to play, stuffed with toys, as well as challenging ropes and other items.
5. Repurposed Entertainment Center
As well as old cupboards and other items, it turns out that some entertainment centers can be converted into ferret houses. This one uses a metal wire front that should be enough to stop ferret teeth from getting through. It has several rooms and the drawer at the bottom is the bedding and living area, so it can easily be slid open for cleaning. Always ensure that there are no gaps between walls and doors when making your own repurposed ferret cage and remember that if they can fit their head through, they can get their body through too.
6. Phone Box Ferret Cage
You really can repurpose just about anything and turn it into a great-looking ferret hutch. Likely, this one has just been fashioned to look like a phone box, and you will need to add a covered and private sleeping area, as well as some layers so that your ferret can climb and play, but the hutch is huge and will provide plenty of room for everything you want to add.
7. Homemade Ferret Cage
One of the joys of owning a ferret is being able to watch them while they busily run around their cage and play. This homemade ferret cage is a generous size and, as well as easily opened but secured doors, it also has two viewing windows. You do really need to provide a secure bedding area in your design, because nobody likes to be watched while they sleep.
8. Armoire Ferret Cage
An armoire is another great item of furnishing for converting to that of a ferret cage. It is large and has natural layers already built in. What’s more, it even has a drawer at the bottom. In this case, the drawers have been left as drawers so they can be used to store bedding, toys, and other ferret-related items, but they could also be converted into a sleeping area or another section of ferret abode.
9. Cupboard Cage
Wooden cupboards and wooden furniture items are a good choice for repurposing. Although ferrets can chew through wood, they are more likely to do so with rough wood and things like sticks and twigs. They would struggle to get a purchase on flat wood. This plan uses a cupboard and includes details of all the items that are found within the cage, but you can use your own upcycled container.
10. Custom Built Ferret Cage
This custom-built ferret cage requires a bit more work than the others because it has been built from the ground up using a supply of timber, chicken wire, and some plastic piping. The end result is a very functional ferret cage with a lot of room and several layers and areas for your ferret to call home.
How Big Should A Ferret Cage Be?
Ferrets do need plenty of room in their cage. They need to be able to comfortably turn around, climb, and get about. As they can grow up to more than a foot in length, this means that your cage should measure at least 2 x 2 x 1 ½ foot but the more room you can provide, the better for your ferret. Making your own cage allows you to create something that perfectly fits a space you have or to use an existing piece of furniture.
What Type Of Cage Is Best For A Ferret?
Ferrets are renowned for their escapology skills. The cage, therefore, needs to be secure, completely free of gaps and holes, and it should be safe. Beyond this, providing layers and opportunities to climb is a good idea so a vertical cage is better than a horizontal one.
What Do You Put In The Bottom Of A Ferret Cage?
The right choice of bedding is important. Avoid wood shavings and opt for material like newspaper, a washable carpet or cloth, or wood pellets. Wood pellets are a common choice because they are readily available, easy to clean, and don’t cost a fortune.
Can Ferrets Climb?
Ferrets are very agile animals, although their energy tends to come in quite short bursts. They can run, squeeze through small gaps, and they can definitely climb. However, while they are good at climbing upwards, they are not as proficient at climbing back down again and will usually opt to take a leap of faith instead.
Ferret Cage Plans You Can Build Today
Whether you have a supply of timber and chicken wire or an old entertainment center, or even a phone box, that you can repurpose, there are many ways that you can make your own ferret cage. Above are 10 DIY ferret cages that you can adapt to your own needs and that provide the space your little one needs.
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