How to Build a Ferret Cage at Home (DIY)
Ferrets are like a ball of sunshine. They can spread happiness at your home when they are bouncing and playing around.
Now, it is essentially your responsibility that they are allocated at a safe and clean place for their well-being. But the cages where they reside can be very expensive to buy.
To resolve your ordeal, you can build one yourself at home with little cost.
If you don’t know how to do carry this out, you have come to the right place. We will teach you how to make a cage for your beloved pet in no time.
Step 1: Plot Out the Cage
Planning and coming up with a good cage for your ferret can be difficult. The little creature sleeps most of the time of the day, but when it wakes up, it doesn't stay quiet for even a second. They tend to escape at any given a chance,and for that, they have earned the title of being "escape artists."
You first need to pick a spot where you want to set up the pen in accordance with the size you want it to be. Decide whether or not you want to build a multi-storied nest for more than one ferret.
After that, list out the items that you need to purchase to construct the cage; Rabbit wires, wire cutters, screws, hooks, clips, corrugated plastics, a litter box and a dish for water and food.
Step 2: Trim the Plastic as Per Requirement
Corrugated plastics are the best options for this task because they can be trimmed very easily with just a good pair of scissors. These are used as the frame and the flooring of the product.
A height of 2 feet, a 2 feet depth, and a length of 3 feet is the minimum requirement for the size of the enclosure. If you want to keep two ferrets in one pound just cut out one extra foot for the dimensions.
You have to ensure that there is a good amount of about 4 inches of overlap on the plastic placed as the base. This is important in the case of the spillage of litter and also for shaping up the cage,
A knife has to be used to cut and bend the extra portion of plastic to mold it into a structure which is similar to a box.
Step 3: Cut Out Pieces of Wire
Now that you have the items ready for your base and frame, you have to use wires to cover up the frame and the top of the pound.
Rabbit wires are the perfect choice for the job as they are self-supporting and cannot be effortlessly deformed by the rodent. This is of two types; Chicken wire and weld mesh.
The latter has a joint at each weld and has a square grid whereas the former has the wire joined to form a hexagonal grid.
Mesh wire is a suitable pick for the cage because of the joints present at each weld which will make it almost inviolable. And hence, the ferret won't be able to curve the weld easily.
You now have to cut the wire to a size similar of the trimmed corrugated plastics with a wire cutter. Use a metal filer to snip out any sharp points in the mesh to avoid getting a cut.
For the opening of the pen, crop out a (6 inch) x 6 -inch piece of wire from the middle to create a hole. After that, now you'll have to cut a (5 inch) x 5 inches of the mesh which will be the door.
Step 4: Putting Everything into Place
Fabricate the pound by attaching the mesh with the plastic using J-clips and wire ties. The bigger pieces should be hooked up first to give the cage its shape. Pin down one clip to another with a distance of about 3 inches to make it secure.
Now, your next step should be fastening the wires that are next to each other with the help of J-clips using the tool J-clip pliers. When you are done with one side, repeat the same steps with the other sides and the top.
Next, you have to set down (6 floors) tiles if they are 12 x 12 inches in size. Make sure to put in light colored ones so that you can spot any litter and can clean it.
Then fix the door into place by using a spring and a hook on the left side and with J-clips on the right side. Your door must be fitted properly so that the ferret doesn’t bolt.
Build racks and slopes inside the cage with the assistance of a 20- gauge wire and snip away in sharp edges. Your pet can swing around and take a look around its home.
Step 5: Decorate the Cage
Place a hammock or a nursery you have made inside the pound for the rodent to rest. A litter box should be put on one side of the cage and a water and food dish on the other.
To keep your pet entertained arrange for toys such as hard plastic balls, stuffed toys and play tents
Once everything is set, your ferret is ready to live in its new house.
Step 6: Materials Which Should Not Be Used
You cannot use just about anything from your place to make the rodent’s pen because the products used might not be hygienic or sturdy enough. For example, if the wood is used for the flooring, there is a risk of black mold developing as the material it soaks up the moisture. This can cause the ferret to become ill.
A carpet, too, is not a good option for the bottom of the cage. They are very difficult to clean as the material clings onto the stench coming from your pet. If it’s not changed routinely, expect your house to smell immensely bad.
When you adopt a ferret, you basically become liable for their health and their safety. If you follow the instructions listed above, you will not have to face many problems while building a comfortable home for your pet.
If you are still confused about the procedure of the construction and still need help, let me know in the comments section.