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Title: Ferret Cages
Post by: ferretfan on December 25, 2004, 03:51:32 PM
For those who are interested in knowing what a good cage setup looks like and a bad cage looks like, I have posted a couple of photos.  The first is a Midwest cage with lots of blankets, strategically placed hammocks, rectangular cat litter boxes and is considered good for up to 6 or 8 ferrets.

The second photo is from a recent rescue.  It has a useless hamock, is totally filthy, has old, filthy wood chips on the bottom, a useless corner litter box and is totally inappropriate for a ferret.


If anyone has any other good/bad cage photos, please email them to the Ferret Rescue Webmaster (see the FRSO Contact Page (http://www.ferretrescue.ca/contact.php) for the actual email address).



Title: Ferret Cages
Post by: Flakyfreakyferretlady on January 04, 2005, 08:35:38 PM
ugg, I hope that wasn't the cage my poor Sable came in, was it??

Title: Ferret Cages
Post by: ferretfan on January 04, 2005, 08:50:20 PM
No, it was from a rescue one of our members made in December.  She was such a cute and loving ferret - despite being filthy and having scrached her side raw - that the member decided to keep the ferret herself.  I haven't exactly figured out what I'm going to do with the cage as it's a mess and it SMELLS.


Title: Ferret Cages
Post by: L-Dawg on March 29, 2005, 02:21:56 AM
Anyone know where I might find a good sized cage for cheap?

 Drew has a fairly big rabbit cage, with a rectangle litter box, and a very nice hammock she can get inside.  But Bandits cage that came with him is too small.  Hopefully, if I can get those two to be civi,l I might get a nice one like that first pic above.


Title: Ferret Cages
Post by: ferretfan on March 29, 2005, 09:22:12 AM
It depends on what you mean by "cheap".  The Ferret Rescue Society sells used cages when we can.  The price for a large used cage is between $100 and $200 depending on size and condition.  While we don't have many decent cages available right now, we will have two or three large cages available at the silent auction at our spring frolic on May 29.  If you can't wait that long, check our Local Products (http://www.ferretrescue.ca/shopping.php) on our website as cages will be posted there when they become available.


Title: Ferret Cages
Post by: L-Dawg on March 29, 2005, 10:41:06 AM
Ok, thanks Lynn!


Title: Ferret Cages
Post by: ferretfan on March 29, 2005, 01:00:41 PM
On the topic of cages, I have found it necessary from time to time to separate a ferret from a group for a few days (usually due to medical conditions).  When this happens, I'm usually left scrambling to find extra cage space.  

I've seen people who have split a Marshals cage in two, but have never been satisfied with how it was done as it essentially leaves each section with a single level.  This weekend I got out the wood and power tools and created my own version of a Marshals cage split.

The materials used were all purchased at Home Depot:
1)   2' x 4' white (one side) Hardboard (1/8" thick) $4

2)  1" x 2" x 6' Pine board $4

3)  12" x 12" peel n stick floor tiles - qty 6  $4

4)  Assorted cable ties $3

Total cost $15!

I cut the hardboard to fit the inside dimentions of the cage.  I cut the pine boards into 2' lengths.  At each end of the pine boards, I cut a slot big enough for the cage bar to fit into.  I also drilled a hole in each end of the pine boards.

Photo of the finished pine board:

I then applied the floor tiles to the white side of the hardboard.  You have to trim 4 of the tiles to fit (trick heat the tiles with a hair dryer or heat gun and then score them with a sharp knife).

The final step is to assemble it all, which is a little tricky. You have to take the cage part off of the base, put the hardboard in the base and resture the cage on top of it.  This is the only way of getting the new platform into the cage.   Then you have to move the hardboard around while installing the pine slats

Photo of the installed slats:

The slats are secured in place using cable ties (Aka Zip ties) - you instet the tie through the hole in the slate and then tie it around the cage bars.


Once all the slats are in place, you can move the hardboard on top of them and voila, you now have 2 cages for a very low cost!  The end result is a cage that looks like this:


As you can see, each section uses one ramp and platform from the origial cage to create an eating area.   A much better design than having everything on a single level.


Title: Ferret Cages
Post by: L-Dawg on April 01, 2005, 04:01:20 PM
Thats a great cage setup!  Was that one cage originally, or two put together?  Where did you get it?  And how many fuzzies live in it?


Title: Ferret Cages
Post by: ferretfan on April 01, 2005, 06:27:23 PM
It's the exact same cage as the Midwest cage that is at the top of this thread.  I just split it into two separate "cages" as two of my girls refuse to get along with each other.  Each section currently houses two ferrets, although I've had 3 in one section of the second cage I have for fosters.  I wouldn't put more than that in a section - I would use a whole cage for 4 or more ferrets.

You can find Midwest cages at Petsmart.  We also resell used ones when we have spares (there will be at least 2 large cages available at the Spring Frolic Silent Auction this year).


Title: Ferret Cages
Post by: L-Dawg on April 03, 2005, 02:58:02 PM
Very good, thanks!

Title: Ferret Cages
Post by: Armymedic on October 23, 2005, 08:55:42 AM
We have the same Midwest cage posted by Ferretfan, with only two hammock in it, however only one ferret lives in it so far.
So now I have a good idea where to put the bigger hammock I need to purchase as we want to get another playmate soon for our "Fred"
I've heard of tubing is an awesome toy for them, any recommendation as to what type? Dryer exaust tubes maybe? Plastic or metal? In the cage or outside the cage?
Thanks for the ideas.

Title: Ferret Cages
Post by: ferretfan on October 23, 2005, 10:21:01 AM
I mostly use the plastic soft flexibile dryer tubes and duct tape the ends so the ferrets don't poke themselves when running in/out of them.  All my tubes are outside of the cage - I found that unless you use solid tubes, the ones in the cage wear out fairly fast if they're used on a regular basis.  Other options are PVC drain pipes and the cardboard tubes that come with large rolls of carpets.


Title: Ferret Cages
Post by: Canucklehead on April 19, 2006, 11:59:46 AM
We recently bought an absolutely fantastic cage for our four fuzzies.  It's a Ferret Nation cage we picked up at SuperPet.  You can see it at:  http://www.ferretstore.com/mw-142.html (http://www.ferretstore.com/mw-142.html)

It's extremely easy to clean and very sturdy.  We've got two hammocks, a hanging bag, a bed big enough for all four to sleep comfortably, two litter boxes plus their water and food and there's still plenty of room.  I've had a few different cages and this one is by far the best I've had.

The price is pretty good compared to similarly-sized cages.  I would highly recommend this one to anyone looking for a large cage.

Title: Ferret Cages
Post by: Sci-Ferret on May 17, 2006, 06:45:11 AM
We were looking at that same one when we bought our fuzzies, but the woman who worked the small animal department at Super Pet said she found it to be a pain to clean, as the 2 pans has to be tilted on a diagonal to get them out the door and were awkward to work with. She suggested instead the Midwest one. I can't find a pic of the one we got, but it's got 3 levels, came with 1 hammock but that was soon fixed, it's on wheels for easy movement and the light-weight cage can be unlatched from the base and lifted straight up to clean. It also has 2 doors, upper and lower for accessing all areas of the cage without having to crawl in yourself. It has more than enough room for 2 fuzzies and their toys.

edit: found the cage http://www.ferretstore.com/mw-140.html (http://www.ferretstore.com/mw-140.html)

did however find we had to remove the upper ramp for now, and the lil babies were too small and we were afraid they would get hurt if they fell from the top platform.

Title: Ferret Cages
Post by: ferretfan on May 17, 2006, 08:06:38 AM
The cage you linked to is the same midwest cage that is shown at the start of this thread.  You will notice we use lots of hammies to prevent the ferrets from falling too far.

As for the Ferret Nation cages, the sales person you talked to obviously had no clue what she was saying.  The nice thing about the Ferret Nation cages is the whole front opens up so you have easy access to everything.  If I had money, I would definately consider switching to the FN cages (I have 2 Midwest cages right now).  At least the Midwest cages have better doors than the Super Pet cages (which may have been the ones the sales person was thinking about).

Title: Ferret Cages
Post by: Sci-Ferret on May 18, 2006, 06:43:51 AM
Actually, the sales person said she owns 3 ferrets, as well as other small animals, so I was kinda inclined to believe her. To each their own I guess.

Title: Ferret Cages
Post by: Snuzanne on May 25, 2006, 05:58:26 AM
Does SuperPets carry the 3 level FN cage or just the 2 level one.  We have two large cages already but perhaps we will go down to just 1 large cage especially if we don't find Natasha since Tamara is too lonely alone in her large cage.  Toob-rat complains that the cages we have are difficult to keep clean ( the shelves are all plastic and you must remove them all for a good clean), so perhaps the FN cage would be better.  Also the 2 large cages, take up alot of room, so 1 cage would be best. We had to split them up since the eldest ferret was picking on Natasha to the point that she was screaming for help.  Now that she is not here, we have had to put Tamara in with the boys and so far, they have all been getting along.  I still think that they are all in shock since they are following us around like puppies and they never did that as often prior to Natasha escape.  Also was the FN cage expensive?  The picture of the inappropriate cage at the beggining of this thread was a shocker not so much for the size but because of the padlocks.  Did that poor ferret ever get out of its cage. It reminded me of the cage that one of our ferrets came from.  He was rescued from my son's friend who just wanted one because we had one. He kept the poor thing in an unfinished basement, in wood chips,  and never even spoke to him. I paid him just to get him to give up the poor thing.  He lost out on a great pet because that ferret is just a great ball of fun fur.  Thanks for the info.

Sad ferret Mom :(  :(

Title: Ferret Cages
Post by: Kalimata on May 26, 2006, 11:43:58 AM
Superpet carries the 2 level FN cage, but i do believe that those cages are modular, so you could get the 2 level one, and add a third later.  We're going tonight to get the FN cage, to replace our Midwest one.  The doors are much better in the FN cage, and the added storage area at the bottom is an excellent idea.  My mother (bless her soul) wanted to buy her "grandchildren" a gift :D  So we are able to get them a far better home.

Title: Ferret Cages
Post by: Viper on May 26, 2006, 11:55:52 AM
So we are able to get them a far better home.
This might be a dumb question but "how is the FN a better home"?  I can understand the advantages for ferret owners (storage and doors to name the main ones)... But, as for the ferrets themselves, how is this better?  :unsure:

Our fuzzies live happily in the Midwest. We have 3-4 hammocks, a sleeping sack, blanket and either a small bed or lounge chair for their comfort. We have also adjusted the "floors" so that the ladder isn't too steep. Finally, we have placed hockey socks on the said ladders so that they [A] won't get any part of their anatomy stuck and [B] to offer better grip.

When I look at the FN, I keep saying to myself how it looks so much nicer, sturdier and possibly practical, but that's for me. What about the habitants? What would they gain? Right now, as far as I can tell, they would loose the socks as the ladders are smaller. What could I use instead of the hockey socks?

Title: Ferret Cages
Post by: Canucklehead on May 26, 2006, 12:27:48 PM
This might be a dumb question but "how is the FN a better home"?  I can understand the advantages for ferret owners (storage and doors to name the main ones)... But, as for the ferrets themselves, how is this better?  :unsure:

Our fuzzies live happily in the Midwest. We have 3-4 hammocks, a sleeping sack, blanket and either a small bed or lounge chair for their comfort. We have also adjusted the "floors" so that the ladder isn't too steep. Finally, we have placed hockey socks on the said ladders so that they [A] won't get any part of their anatomy stuck and [B] to offer better grip.

When I look at the FN, I keep saying to myself how it looks so much nicer, sturdier and possibly practical, but that's for me. What about the habitants? What would they gain? Right now, as far as I can tell, they would loose the socks as the ladders are smaller. What could I use instead of the hockey socks?
I think, first of all, that the ferrets are a bit safer in the FN cage as opposed to the MidWest cages.  Because of the design, there really isn't anywhere that they can fall a great distance.  The only way to get to the bottom of the cage from the top is to go through the hole and down the ladder.  Ours have fallen off the half-levels, but it doesn't seem to even faze them.  We don't have to worry about strategic placing of hammocks to protect them.

Being able to easily block off a level is a breeze if you need to isolate a ferret for sickness or because of fighting.  I wish we had bought this cage before Calvin had his surgery.  He could have been close to his companions and still had room to stretch out a little.

Our two males have been in three different cages and they seem happiest in the FN cage.  We hear a lot less angry ferret scuffling between the two of them.  The only scuffling we hear now is because of our littlest girl Peanut.  Her and Hobbes scuffle because Peanut thinks she's the boss and that Hobbes should get out of her hammock.

Most of the other advantages seem to be for the owners like the cleaning and easy access to the entire cage.

As for the hockey socks you're using, you might look at getting some fleece and sewing it together to fit over the ladders as well.  We've got fleece on one of the half-levels and they seem to enjoy it.

Title: Ferret Cages
Post by: fuzzy on May 26, 2006, 02:53:56 PM
I am a fan of the Martins Cages, sorry no pic, but you can Google them. :) You can always get the Barn top for a sick fert that needs to recover, and if you have a couple of them you can also get an attachment so you can link them with a toob!
They have large floors too, I cover mine with Marmoleum as it cleans up really well (for those accidents!) and they last forever.
Anyway I think every owner has a preference, but the Martins suit me. :)

Title: Ferret Cages
Post by: fuzzyfostermum on June 15, 2006, 10:40:16 AM
I figure a happy mom means a cleaner ferret cage and a happier, healthier ferret.....I'm looking at the easy maintanence FN and thinking about saving up for one......with 20 odd fuzzies at any time, that cage speaks to me........


Title: Ferret Cages
Post by: Viper on June 15, 2006, 12:07:54 PM
The one thing that occured to me (only as/after) I put up the FN - just next to my "old" Midwest (http://www.midwesthomes4pets.com/ProductPages/FerretPlaypen.asp) is how much space is wasted in the PlayPen compared to the FN.  <_<

The 2 cages are abouth the same size (although a bit higher due to the lower storage shelf) but the "living" space is much more spacious and better organized.

We noticed that more than 1 ferret was a bit too much at a time on the smaller shelves in the PlayPen, especially when they tried to eat/drink. But with the FN, the levels are sooo spacious that it's not a problem.  :)  

Title: Ferret Cages
Post by: Matthew on June 15, 2006, 02:30:25 PM
we notice that too in our midwest. So we have 9 hammicks in there. We made 3 full floors with the help of those hammicks. Now you can't put anything on them but they love it to bits.

Title: Ferret Cages
Post by: ferretyone on July 10, 2006, 09:10:38 PM
We had two cages which might have been considered large for an individual ferret each, but they were only wide enough that 2 ferrets could comfortably stand/walk side by side and only if nothing else was in the way. The FN cage is wider, taller and has more levels but isn't as long across our walls which made more space for us and infintely more the little ones. I think the size is perfect for anyone looking to have 2+ ferrets in their lifetime.

The only thing our old cages had on the FN ones was that they would lay against the ground, meaning the ferrets needed zero effort to get in and out of the cages on their own, which meant our 2 ferrets which were supposed to have litter issues outside the cage had none since the cage is kept in their play room. It wasn't until we got the FN cage that we had to get litter boxes for outside the cages as they now had to traverse up the pillow ramp we created for them to get to a litter box.

Title: Ferret Cages
Post by: Viper on July 11, 2006, 07:06:12 AM
I know some will laugh at us but we bought the Doggy Steps (http://www.doggysteps.com/index.html) at Linens 'n Things (http://canada.lnt.com/home/index.jsp) with the 20% off coupon in the flyer.  :P

With this, they have no problems getting in/out of the cage.  :)


Title: Ferret Cages
Post by: Kalimata on July 17, 2006, 12:07:08 PM
Lol thats cute Viper, doggie steps.  

So we got the third tier for our FN cage.  It was a breeze to add the third level, just a tad high so i had to stand on a chair to do it.  Now that we have 7 babies, the cage is a lavish luxury ferrety tower :D  Funny enough, our four older ones have no problems climing up into the cage from the ground.  We leave them out to roam for most of the day, but we always leave the bottom level door open, and Luna, Mars, Comet and Tyson all climb up into the cage to sleep and chill out.  Our kits can't climb in yet, but they will soon.

I would %100 reccomend this cage to any and all ferret owners out there.  Tons of room for litterboxes, food, hammocks, blankets, and any other toys you can think of.  The doors make it so easy to clean and set up the cage.  I love the thing!

Title: Ferret Cages
Post by: Viper on July 18, 2006, 08:01:38 AM
Most of our ferrets don't have any problems climbing in/out of the cage as well. To facilitate the issue, we used to keep a rubbermade container (filled with unused woods pellets) on the floor in order to divide the climb.

Then it occured to us that when they get older of after a surgery, the climb could be a bit much.  :(

The steps are effortless and our fuzzies just love to play with the darn thing anyway.  :lol:

P.S. It's a hallow plastic structure covered with a sheep-like fabric. Our kids just love to hide underneath and scratch at it...  :rolleyes:  

Title: Ferret Cages
Post by: Snuzanne on July 19, 2006, 04:40:30 AM
Hi Guys,

I was just reading your comments on the FN cage.  It sure is great isn't it.  We bought 2 of them and I think I am going to get a third one for the cottage.  I am spoiled now by how easy they are to clean.  We had bought the third floor but I could not reach overhead so it was not helpful to me but I think I am going to try and get some extra shelves so if I have to split the levels, then at least, I have extra shelves for each level.  I had to split a couple of fosters due to extremely aggressive play and it was sure easy to make 2 cages out of one.  Even though they were in separate sections, they could still converse.  Viper, "Doggy Steps" what a cool idea.  Linen & Things, is that in the West End?  As you can tell, I don't get out very often.  I think it is a super idea.  All the fosters that I took in are over 6 years old. The steps would be helpful.   We used cat trees, but the steps would have been more stable.  I am going to check up on them for sure.  Again, good tip. Thanks. :P  

Title: Ferret Cages
Post by: Viper on July 19, 2006, 07:14:09 AM
Linen & Things, is that in the West End?
The Ottawa location is at 1703 Merivale Road (in the same "mall" as Best Buy).

Title: Ferret Cages
Post by: Snuzanne on July 19, 2006, 04:37:56 PM
Thank You :)  

Title: Ferret Cages
Post by: Weezilwitch on September 29, 2006, 11:03:49 PM
Some comments on the FN cage:

It can be assembled without the stand for anyone wanting floor-level access.

We had to modify ours because the cat likes to get into the cage to eat the ferrets' food and mess up their litter box.  We tried to order an extra "pass-through" bottom from Midwest.  They will have spare parts available starting January 2007.  We couldn't wait that long, so we bought the add-on and subbed its extra pass-through bottom for our cage's solid bottom.  It works like a charm, and the ferrets seem to like the new entrance - the ladder is propped on a Tupper tub to reduce the incline.  We also took out the shelf grill underneath - by using that as a cage top we can use the old solid bottom with the rest of the add-on and make a free-standing hospital or travel cage/ cat kennel/ cat-proof craft drying cabinet.  A bit pricey, but worth it.  I have chronic pain and range-of-motion issues and I simply cannot cope with a cage that needs to be disassembled in order to be cleaned.  The ferrets also like one other feature of the FN cage - by opening those wide doors up, I can lean right into the cage and "join" them in their hammie - always good for a few nose kisses!


Title: Ferret Cages
Post by: Snuzanne on September 30, 2006, 04:57:13 AM
Welcome to the Forums Weezilwitch,

I was trying to figure out what you did with the cage, and how that kept the cats out.  By putting the pass thru bottom instead of the solid bottom doesn't that make it easier for the cats to get in(unless they are really big cats)?  I am obviously picturing this wrong.  We just love the FN cage. I am an incomplete quad so I know all about chronic pain and restriction, so this cage is a dream.  We started with one, and then quickly bought another and then another so we have a bunch of extra unused cages on our hands.  One sold at the frolic but we will have to clean the others and donate those as well to get them off our hands.  I orignally bought the third level of the FN cage, but when we put in on, it was so high that I couldn't reach.  I am glad that they will be selling parts soon, since I would like to buy additional shelves.  I find that the older ferrets needed some help to get up to the shelves and another shelf would be helpful.  Right now, they are using a fuzzy floor to keep them from falling.  Do you have the website address for midwest or FN.  My husband through all the paperwork out.  Again, welcome to you and your ferret/cat family.



Title: Ferret Cages
Post by: ferretfan on September 30, 2006, 06:29:52 AM
www.midwesthomes4pets.com/ (http://www.midwesthomes4pets.com/)

Title: Ferret Cages
Post by: Weezilwitch on September 30, 2006, 10:07:15 PM
:D Hi Snuzanne, thanks for the welcome!

I'll try to explain the cage situation better.  With the solid bottom in place, one of the doors had to be left open so the ferrets could get in and out of the cage to eat and drink.  Because Grizelda the cat eats ferret food, I can't simply put out food and water and block off cage access.  So I used a chain so that the door would only open partway. This meant two problems - first, I had to remove the chain every time I wanted to open the cage doors on the ground level, which was a real pain, and second, finding a width that the ferrets could get through and the cat couldn't was problematic - the opening was thin but tall, easy for the cat to squeeze through, unless I chained it up so small that I could barely get my hand in to release the chain, which fastens with a spring clip.

With the new bottom, the opening is square, which is harder for the cat to manage, since she'd have to squeeze herself in all directions at once - kind of like your ferret being able to flatten itself under a door, but not fit through a hole with a diameter the same height as the gap.  Also, because it's in the floor, she'd have to work her way up from under from a crouching position - much harder for a cat than walking foward.  Finally, the ladder for ferret access is hinged at one edge of the hole and is propped to angle gently across and down, effectively making the opening much smaller.  I'd have problems if I had a small kitten, but all my cats are full grown.
Hope that helps!


Title: Ferret Cages
Post by: OCFerrets on January 05, 2007, 10:42:31 PM
I own two, two  level Ferret Nation Habitats. They're too nice and too well thought-out to be called simply a "cage" in my opinion. Approximately a week ago, we ordered our third two-level Ferret Nation Habitat and are awaiting its delivery.

There's nothing like the FN as far as I'm concerned. As Midwest Homes 4 Pets has the best customer service I've ever seen in a company. When they recently came up with safer half-levels for the FN Habitats, they provided them free of charge to anyone with a Ferret Nation. I have received all spare parts I have ever needed free of charge, no questions asked. They even deliver to my company's warehouse so I don't have to worry about where to have it delivered!

This is our current setup. The rice box in the corner was replaced with a huge Rubbermaid plastic box with lid. The cardboard and duct tape were a no-no, but only temporary!

The Kids' Playroom:

And our first setup, before we went with two two-levels:

Jeez, they didn't have a whole lot of toys and hammies when we had the three level! Now, its got tons of stuff in there to keep 'em occupied when they're not running amok in the house!  

Title: Ferret Cages
Post by: Snuzanne on January 06, 2007, 04:25:53 AM
Welcome Aboard L, Happy New Year,

How is the weather.  Probably not as cold.  Now fill me in since I haven't been out much, what is up with the levels on the FN cage..  I haven't had any problems with my 3 cages but I don't want to find out the hard way either.  I saw your website, very nice, are you still not allowed ferrets.  I thought the new Gov. was supposed to look after that 3 years ago.  What a drag for you guys.  Cute pics of your new friend, if I find some from his summer days at the cottage I'll send you some but they are fast little guys although he does like to be around people.  We still miss him around our house, even the heath care staff still keep checking the cage to see if he is back yet.  Anyhow, please get back to me on the cage, since several of us are now using the FN cage and could use the info.  Double Thanks


Title: Ferret Cages
Post by: ferretfan on January 06, 2007, 10:03:56 AM
I did some googling and found the following information about the FN shelves:

http://forum.ferret.com/tm.asp?m=5011 (http://forum.ferret.com/tm.asp?m=5011)

In short, if your shelves have a gap as described, it would be best to either get them replaced or to modify/cover them.


Title: Ferret Cages
Post by: Snuzanne on January 06, 2007, 11:25:01 AM
I guess we never noticed it because I always keep a blanket tucked over and around and tied underneath since that made it easier for those ferrets who don't like ladders.  But I sure will try and get the new shelves.  Better safe than sorry.

Thanks Lynn

Title: Ferret Cages
Post by: OCFerrets on January 06, 2007, 09:40:41 PM
The weather is redmarkably warm for winter here, just as it is over much of the United States (except for Colorado where they're almost snowed in). I wore shorts today - which granted, is pretty weird for any area in winter.

Agreed that Gov. Schwarzenegger should have done something about the stupid ban on ferrets in California years ago, when he promised that he would. Typical of him though, he became a politician that speaks only half-truths and went back on his word, when he refused to sign the amnesty bill we placed before him back then. This past year, AB647 died as well - since the author of the bill decided not to put it before committee in time. It was called a snafu, or a mistake - but I call it utter B.S. (which I think is understood to mean the same in English as well as au francais...  ;) ).

Getting back to the Ferret Nation...

If you fill out this form online, and let them know you have heard about the shelf replacements, they will send you your replacements.

Form:  http://www.midwesthomes4pets.com/ContactUs/emailform.asp (http://www.midwesthomes4pets.com/ContactUs/emailform.asp)

That's all I had to do, and within about a week and a half, I had all new shelves sent to me. This was done because many ferrets were getting their toes caught in the leading edge of the shelf. Never happened to me, but you can never be too careful. Those FN owners who wrap their shelves are very wise to do so.

In case I haven't mentioned it today.... How's my buddy Lancelot?!?

Title: Ferret Cages
Post by: Snuzanne on January 07, 2007, 04:01:25 AM
Thanks for the info.  Always better safe that sorry.  Last I heard about Lancelot was that he was having some difficulty eating all his duck soup on his own, but was enjoying being syringe fed.  When he was here, he loved being spoon fed especially in bed in the morning.  I don't have as many ferrets so we start bad habits here sometimes just because the little guys need it for awhile.  He also used to eat it off my fingers if he was really tired.  Cute or what. Well, our family also develop an attachment with him and we were very sad when he left but that is the case with becoming a foster parent, the little guys are moved around and you have different ones at different times.   Thanks again for the info on where to get the cage repairs.

Dooks, :)


(still not checked for either spelling nor grammar- much too early in the AM)

Title: Ferret Cages
Post by: ferretfan on January 07, 2007, 10:07:26 PM
Lance is doing OK.  His mouth has been bothering him the past couple of days so he's been eating his soup with the help of a syringe.  He did make it down to the main floor this morning to make sure everything was in order and then curled up under my roommates desk for a nice nap.  Today he went for his monthly Lupron shot.  Other than pooping on a towel during the shot, he took it well.

Title: Ferret Cages
Post by: OCFerrets on January 08, 2007, 06:56:24 PM
Thank you so much for the update on little Lancelot!

I think that a poopie on a towel is a wonderful thing! As long as what's going it one end is coming out the other - all is well!



Title: Re: Ferret Cages
Post by: alliemackie on May 12, 2008, 09:08:19 AM
Excellent suggestions! It made me glad to know that when I looked at the topic, as a hopeful soon-to-be-ferret parent, all of the "goods" were things I was looking for for a ferret home. :)

I have one question, and this is purely curiousity because I've never heard of it before - why are corner litter boxes bad as opposed to rectangular ones?

Title: Re: Ferret Cages
Post by: Viper on May 12, 2008, 10:42:39 AM
It's not that they are bad - it's that they are basically too small for an adult ferret.

Title: Re: Ferret Cages
Post by: ferretfan on May 12, 2008, 11:13:13 AM
And if the box is too small, the ferret is less likely to use it!  I like the hi-backed rectangular boxes for 2 reasons.. they're big enough for large ferrets and the high back prevents the ferret from pooping over the side.

Title: Re: Ferret Cages
Post by: alliemackie on May 12, 2008, 01:10:14 PM
Ah, okay! Fair enough. I've heard that the best litter pans for ferrets are cat-sized litter boxes, so that makes sense. :) Thanks!

Title: Re: Ferret Cages
Post by: ferret_jungle on September 02, 2008, 03:50:28 PM
I had a super pet ferret kingdom cage.  I thought it was the best since it was the biggest, and had tunnels, but the tunnels were hard for older ferrets to use, and you literally had to take the whole thing apart to clean it, so it always stank. The floors hold up the walls, and the litter boxes don't fit through the doors.  It took about 3 hours!


Then Lynn recommended the Ferret Nation cage to me.  After working at superpet merivale, I got to clean it every day, usually more than once (8 baby ferrets at a time).  It is by far the easiest to clean cage of any sort that I've owned.  The doors open fully, and everything comes right out.  If the doors are open all the way, you don't have to till the trays at all.  At the messiest it's ever been, it only takes 5 minutes to clean completely.  there's 2 flat floors, and 2 shelves that lift out.  They are flat, easy to wash, and I've made myself pillow case style covers for the two floors.  I have a clean laundry/accessory bin next to the cage, and it takes me about 10 minutes to change all the laundry and hammocks (usually because I'm trying to be creative about placement).  I spend less time cleaning and more time playing with them every day =P

My mom noticed right away when she came over to visit, because she couldn't smell them at all now. (the old cage had a small trench or mote around every shelf, that food and water would fall into, and it was almost impossible to clean without taking it all apart.

My room mates love it too.  Oh, and they can't break out of the ferret nation, which is also a first.

Thanks Lynn =)

Erica, Paul and Anthony....and Sid, frolic, Nova and Bubbles

Title: Re: Ferret Cages
Post by: deb.barb on March 02, 2009, 03:02:22 PM
hi ferretfan, good photo of cages

i am waiting delivery of my other cage today.very exciting.like that one.big one.bought it off deals direct over computer.
 :oand just ordered TOOO MANY GOODIES for the baby ferrets from the ferret shop. Am pooor now.
my other cage is nearly that size (my hubby made it) with poo tray, the lot so is great cage.lots room.

****may i suggest the local wildlife group usually needs cages for rehabilitation of native birds,mammals etc.****

having been rehabing wildlife for ten yrs i know that the cages come in handy for rescues and the one u have shown is a good size for nest bound babies.would fit the small heat pad in bottom.
anyway just a thought and i know these groups need help too.

dont know where u are but i have the numbers of the different groups in different states if u want them


Title: Re: Ferret Cages
Post by: ferretfan on March 02, 2009, 08:03:12 PM
Thanks Deb.  We've donated some of our extra cages (especially the galvanized metal ones) to the local wildlife rescue, so I agree, there's rarely a cage that we can't find a use for!