If your pet ferret needs a home and buying a ready-made one is too expensive, you can try taking the do-it-yourself route and build one yourself. Most of the cages for sale are quite fancy but may not fit your requirements or your idea of how the cage for your pet ferret should be. The construction of a cheap, ready-made one may not be sturdy and will only last for a short time. A ferret is quite strong and needs to have a cage that is durable, properly constructed and have good ventilation. A wire cage is the most suitable housing for your ferret. And as you are going to build one, you can decide on how large the cage will be to make your ferret move freely and comfortably. Here is how to build a ferret wire cage:
- Designing the cage. The first thing to do is to come up with the design of the ferret wire cage. How many ferrets do you have? Do you want to build any special features? Where will you keep the cage? You have to be able to answer these questions before you start constructing the cage. Remember that you are the architect of this project and that you can customize the cage however way you like. You have free reign on designing the cage so coming up with a design you like is very important. Ideally, for a single ferret, the dimensions should be 3 feet in length, 2 feet in height and 2 feet in depth. For every additional ferret add about a foot of length and height.
- Assembling the things that you need. You will need thick plywood, stick-on vinyl tiles, 13 feet of chicken wire with one-inch holes, 2-inch x 4-inch wood cut into six pieces of 3 feet in length and 10 pieces of 2 feet in length. You also need two medium hinges, wood screws, U-nails or finishing nails.
- Building the wire cage. Build the bottom frame first. Combine two pieces of 2 feet long 2x4s with 3 feet long 2x4s to make a rectangle. Make two of these. The other one will be used for the cage cover. Place four 2 feet long 2x4s in an upright position on the four corners of the bottom frame. Use wood screws to attach the posts. Use the remaining 2 feet long and 2 feet long 2x4 pieces as brace for the top part of the cage frame. Measure the bottom and cut a piece of thick plywood to size. Line the plywood with stick-on vinyl tiles to protect the surface from spillage and stains. Attach the bottom with wood screws. Cover the top the chicken wire, cutting it to size and anchoring it with U-nails. You can also use finishing nails and bend it after the nail is about three-fourths through the wood. Now cover the three sides of the bottom part of the cage with chicken wire. Attach the hinges to one long side of the cover and to the top part of cage. Add a lock to the cover as a ferret is a great escape artist.
- Adding furniture. You can add plastic water dishes, toys and objects into the cage so that your ferret has things to play with. Objects should not be small enough for your pet to swallow and should not be dangerous for the animal to interact with.
Building a ferret wire cage on your own allows for customization and saves you a lot of money. For as long as you use the right materials and follow basic design and craftsmanship principles, you should be fine.