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Housing Ferrets

Liberta Adventurer Large Ferret Cage F23 - Large front doors

• Height 158cm  • Width 57 cm  • Length 83 cm - New from £119-£175

Search web for best price.  Ferrets will need lots of out of cage time.

 

Furplast Furet Tower - Front & top doors

• Height 161 cm  • Width 75 cm  • Length 80 cm

New from £169-£200.    Suitable for a couple of ferrets.

Ferrets need to have a good safe confined living space either outside or indoors. E.g a large hutch with a run, a purpose built or converted shed or court. For indoors then in a cage or a dedicated ferret proof room. Size of the shed or hutch or cage depends on how much "out of hutch time" you can give your ferret, but the larger the living space the better for your ferret.

 

Outdoor Ferrets

We recomend a Ferret shed, with 1 or two sides replaced with mesh (1/2 inch mesh) to produce a run like a dog kennel.

Various versions can be made with runs in the shed or aviary panels attached as a run outside (most ferret sheds are DIY designs).

If you're considering a rabbit hutch, the minimum size must be at least 4ft long and 2 storeys and would need an outdoor run for playtimes.

Below is an example available from Feedem Web site. With lots of playtime these two combined would be okay for 2 ferrets.

Cleaning

We recomend proprietory animal safe disinfectants. Products used by a lot of UK ferret rescues, vets and owners

Mistral (disinfectant) very reasonably priced.  Anigene disinfectant,  Safe4 Disinfectant Solution.  Virkon S disinfectant through Amazon.  F10 Biocare (cleaners, hand gels, foggers)

 

Bedding

Fleece material/blankets/hammocks is a popular option as it is easy to wash through. Do make sure when using fleece that you remove any stitching from round the edge of the material that the ferret may get its claws (or worse) caught in.

Sawdust bedding should be avoided as can make ferrets sneeze and affect their breathing. Hay may contain harmful grass awns which can imbed in skin, ears, eyes, and other orifices, causing abscesses. Straw bedding is an option but can be messy to clean out and may contain mites.

 

Litter & Toilet Training

Take our word for it, ferrets produce a lot of poo, so its always a good idea to try to train your ferret to use a litter tray to make cleaning easier. This can be a cat litter tray filled with non clumping litters such as yesterday news, back2nature, catsan, even shredded or sheet news paper can be used in the tray.  Any type of plastic container can be used as a litter tray. There are also corner trays available for ferrets. Puppy training pads are also useful to have down when the ferret is out playing.

 

Ferrets will tend to defecate in corners  and in front of doorways, but tend not to on their bedding as they are clean creatures. Placing the litter tray in the corner that the ferret has chosen will help speed up the litter training process. If you let your ferret out to run free around the house have litter trays around the house that they can use, or lino/puppy pads on the floors.

Purpose Built Shed Run 2 - Small.jpg Purpose Built Shed Run 1 Purpose Built Shed Run 3 - Small

Hutches with under run are suitable for a couple of ferrets.

Double & Triple combinations also available with extended runs. Can work well inside a ferret court/ aviary with bottom door open.

 

Chicken coops with runs are available in various sizes.  The bigger the better (XL 8ft+) but we have found them difficult to clean sometimes.

 

Cat/Dog run, commercially made. Speak to manufacturer to arrange for 1/2 inch mesh to be used, many will accommodate some changes.

 

Positioning is important, ferrets are very susceptible to extreme heat (just like dogs and cats, ferrets don't sweat), and as such their environmental temperature should be kept below 26°C (80°F), otherwise they could very quickly overheat and die. So make sure when planning where your ferret will live that it will be cool even in the warmest of weather. In gardens, consider placing the housing and run in a sheltered northerly position where it is less likely to get the heat of the day or be exposed to constant winds.

 

If you choose to house your ferret outside make sure you have bolts with padlocks on the shed/run or enclosure doors as ferrets may be stolen for hunting, breeding or onward selling by opportunistic thieves, or may simply be accidentally let out by visitors or little people.

 

Please avoid housing ferrets in garages that are in use as car fumes are highly poisonous.

 

Indoor Ferrets

 

There are several good cages on the market so do search on google, ebay and amazon for the best deals.

Whatever you choose, make sure it is safe and “ferret proof” Ferrets are escape artists and if they think they can escape they will try their hardest to prove themselves right!

 

Please note - Mesh based cages are totally unsuitable.  Ferrets can catch claws in them as well as suffer from sores and infections of the feet (bumble foot) PLUS these type of cages are all too often, too small, a nightmare to clean thoroughly and many rust!

Ferret Hutch 2 Levels Ferret Play Run 4foot Small Run for play time