Once you have made the decision to own a ferret, you must be sure that you have all of the necessary supplies on hand before moving along with getting your pet. One of the most important investments you can make is the ferret cage you will keep your pet in when you aren’t playing with him.
Unlike a dog or cat, ferrets generally are not given the run of the house they occupy. They are simply too prone to finding trouble for this to be a reasonable option for most people. Even the most ferret proofed of houses will invite trouble from an unsupervised ferret. For this reason, a cage of appropriate dimensions should be purchased and set up before bringing your new pet home.
Generally, you will want a cage for a single animal to offer somewhere in the area of 12 to 15 cubic feet of space. Depending on its layout, this is not really as big as it sounds. Be sure to pick a spot for setting up the cage that will not interfere with the traffic flow through your house. No one wants an accident in which the cage gets knocked over. Both the ferret and the person walking into the cage could be injured. It is also important to make sure that your ferret will not be blocking any heating or air conditioning vents.
Your new pet will not enjoy his new home if he is forced to spend all of his time alone, caged in the laundry room. If you do not intend to accept the ferret into your general living area, you may want to reconsider your choice of pet.
Your ferret will adapt and learn to accept you, your family and his new surroundings over time. Give your pet the proper care and attention and he will give you hours of entertainment. One of the most important things you can give him to start out his life with you is a safe haven in an appropriate ferret cage.