Your fizzy weasel needs a safe place to sleep and hang out when he can’t wander your home. Your ferret’s cage needs to be easy for you to maintain, too. We put together this little guide to help you choose the best cage possible for your little furry friend and for you.
- 1 Basic Criteria for the Perfect Cage
- 2 5 Top Ferret Cages
- 3 If you’re on a budget
- 4 If you want the best
Basic Criteria for the Perfect Cage
Don’t get a cage with wire floors. Wire floors hurt ferret feet. Some people will tell you to fasten linoleum to the wire floors as a solution. But if you’ve ever spent time with a ferret, especially a young one, you know they chew on everything. They will chew the linoleum and that’s a recipe for a trip to the veterinarian.
When you choose a cage imagine you’re trying to keep Houdini inside. Make sure the bars are spaced 1-inch or less from each other because Fuzzy Wuzzy will squeeze through them otherwise.
Batten down the (wide) hatches
Choose a cage with doors wide enough for you to maneuver a litter pan in and out without spilling it. Prefer door latches over springs and hooks. Your little stinker is smart and he will set himself free or choke to death trying if the door isn’t securely latched.
Big enough for a party on the inside
Unless your ferret has full run of your house most of the time, his cage needs to be large enough for him to feel comfortable inside it. The minimum recommended size for one adult ferret is about 3 feet long by about 2 feet high and about 2 feet wide. He’ll love having multiple levels, too, so the bigger the cage the better.
All the comforts of home
The cage needs to have separate areas for sleeping, eating, and a litter box. It wouldn’t be very appetizing eating while sitting on the toilet, now would it?
Safe and non-toxic
Like we mentioned, your greasy weasel will chomp and chew and whittle down everything. It’s important to buy a cage from a reputable company that doesn’t include lead, zinc, or other toxins in their cage materials.
Made to last
Your little buddy will live 7 to 10 years. Spend the cash now to get a durable cage that will last. A sturdy cage will be safer for him, too.
5 Top Ferret Cages
We hunted through the offerings online to see which cages met our criteria and have lots of satisfied customers. We want both you and little Woozel to be happy with the cage you choose.
Midwest Ferret Nation Double Unit with Stand Ferret Cage (36″ L X 25″ W X 62.5″ H)
This is our top pick.
It’s durable, sturdy, simple to assemble, and easy to maintain.
Ferret Nation understands ferrets and ferret owners. It’s obvious when you look at the design of this cage.
First, it’s large enough for two ferrets, mainly because it’s two cages in one. It measures 3 feet long by a little over 2 feet wide. The cage interior is 4 feet tall. There are 4 levels connected by ramps, and the middle floor covers the whole area. Even if FizzyWizzle takes a tumble from the top bars, he won’t fall far.
Second, the vertical bars are close together and intersected by horizontal cross bars. This makes for a lot of places to hang toys, hammocks, scatter guards, and a water bottle. The metal is powder-coated to stand up to gnawing.
Third, the plastic floors are easy to wipe clean and they stand up well against chewing. Ferret Nation sells an accessory kit of washable velvety cloth covers for the floors and the ramps if you want to make the cage even more cozy.
Third, the double-wide doors cover the full width of the cage, and they latch securely. The doors make it easy to get to your ferret and clean up his messes.
Fourth, the cage is easy to assemble without digging in your toolbox. It has a handy shelf for litter and food bags at the bottom under the floor. The rolling casters are a nice touch to make it easy to scoot the cage out of the way while you vacuum.
Kaytee Habitat Defined Ferret Habitat
Kaytee used to be known by the name of Super Pet. This is their cage specifically made for ferrets. It’s not as sturdy or large as the cage from Ferret Nation, and it only offers one full floor inside—the bottom. It measures 18’ wide x 30.2’ long x 57.5” high. The narrow shelves without a mid-level full floor makes us a little nervous about FurryFace falling from a greater height. To make it safer, you could hang a hammock in the middle as a safety net.
Kaytee says they coated the plastic interior surfaces with an antimicrobial compound, but this doesn’t mean you can skip cleanings! The one top and three side doors give quick access to the inside so it’s not hard to scoop litter and drop in fresh kibble. The bottom level has high sides. That helps contain scatter from the litter box if you place it down there.
The ramps are wavy and slippery. You may decide to help little GreasyFeet have better footing by covering the ramps or doing what one customer did: gluing on popsicle sticks.
The cage is pretty easy to put together and it has casters to make it easy to move around. It comes with an attachable food dish. If you wanted to house two friendly furballs in this cage, you could.
Hagen Living World Ferret Habitat
This cage by Hagen Living World is not nearly as tall as the previous ones. It measures 30-2/3-inches long by 18-8/9-inches wide by 27-3/5-inches high. It’s really only made for just one ferret. If you plan to leave your little weasel one his own inside a lot, consider getting a larger home than this for him.
On the upside, this cage comes with a food dish, a water bottle, a hammock, and a litter tray. There’s a corner shelf and ramp, too. The base is deep enough to limit scatter from the litter. It detaches for cleaning. The powder-coated bars are less than half an inch apart, so there’s no escape for Furdini.
On the down side, the only door is in the roof. It’s basically the whole roof, though, so it gives great access to the inside.
Living World says the cage “assembles easily in minutes, no tools required.” No one has complained otherwise, yet.
Kaytee My First Home and Fiesta Complete Starter Kit for Ferrets
This is another cage from Kaytee (formerly Super Pet). It comes as a kit with food dish, water bottle, bedding (could also be used as absorvent litter), and a bag of food. It makes for a nice starter kit when you’re on a budget. (Note that some users have complained about the food. Ferrets are picky creatures, so when in doubt, stick to what Squeezil already enjoys eating.)
Again, this is another cage that works for one ferret, but would probably be too crowded for two. It measures 30” long by 18” wide by 29” tall and has 1″ wire spacing. The bars are powder-coated. The walls hook together at the corners and the plastic tray floor latches on to the bottom of the bars. Kaytee claims it’s easy to put together, but we know otherwise from experience. You’ll want a friend to help you, and you’ll need some patience to get everything right. Be careful with the clips on the sides of the plastic ramps and shelves-they’re a little fragile.
The doors are a little on the small side for easy access and cleaning, but they latch well as long as they don’t get bent. The bottom tray isn’t deep enough to do much against litter scatter, so plan on hanging something on the bars to help contain the mess when there’s a confetti party.
MidWest Critter Nation with Stand
This is another cage by the same company as the Ferret Nation cage. This one isn’t specifically made for ferrets, but it works for a FizzleWhizzle all the same. Note: you’ll want to cover the wire ramps to protect your ferret from injuries. Critter Nation sells Happy Feet fleece covers, or you could make your own out of a couple pairs of socks.
Like the other Ferret Nation cage, this one has sturdy construction. It measures 36” long x 24” wide x 63” tall. It’s basically the same cage as our top pick with closer-set bars and different ramps. The bars are spaced ½” apart and the doors latch securely. They span the whole width of the cage, so it’s super easy to get inside to clean or play with your furball.
We like the wide plastic shelves and mid-level full floor. They’re easy to remove and clean. You can lock your ferret into one level while you clean the other, and that’s super handy. The whole cage rolls out of the way on casters and has a useful bottom shelf underneath for storage.
If you’re on a budget
If money’s a little tight, we recommend the Kaytee My First Home cage since it comes with accessories included. The cage isn’t top of the line, but it’s secure and good enough for a starter home. One of our staff had this case for a Princess Furball and she liked it just fine.
If you want the best
Definitely go with our top pick, the Ferret Nation Double Stand. It’s easy for you to set up and maintain, and durable, too.