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Post by Serena Rene » Sun, 15 Nov 1998 04:00:00



Well, first of all I would like to thank all of those who sent me
responses to my question about cages.  I've finally found the perfect
cage!  It's made by SuperPet and has FerretTrail tubes running in and
around it.  It's the 4 level deluxe ferret tube home.  It is on a stand
with wheels and has a bottom that the rest of the cage drops into.  And
best of all, no wire mesh for little ones to have to walk on!  I'm in
love with it.  I found it at PetSmart for about $200.  A bit pricy, but
it is perfect for the fuzzies.  Also, since you can buy extra tubes you
can enlarge the maze!  I wish I had a picture to post.  I'll let you all
know how it works out when I buy it in a few weeks.

Serena and the fuzzies, Calliope and Zen

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Post by W.Scot » Sun, 15 Nov 1998 04:00:00


I have this same cage and after I got home and got it together I thought she
will never go through the tunnels.  Since it was a new cage for her, I put
it right next to my bed.  I awake with a start at around 2:00 A.M. to hear
this scratching noise!  My fuzzie was having a grand time!  It's a great
cage!  We love it and it's well worth the money!  Being on wheels you can
move it anywhere!
Wanda
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Post by takez » Sun, 15 Nov 1998 04:00:00


WOW!   sounds cool!  My fiance and I have been trying to find the perfect
cage, and are about to buy just a simple old 3 story one for $120.00, but
it's more like we're settling for it since we've searched everywhere and
couldn't find the perfect one.  we found one which included the ferret trail
tube, but it was small and was only 2 stories, and they were asking $200 for
it!!!  imagine your 4 stories next to this 2 story which costs the same!
yuck!  We went to the petsmart in our area (in annandale, Va) and they
didn't even have a single ferret cage. *shrug*  i'll try to have it special
ordered. :)

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Post by Cap » Mon, 16 Nov 1998 04:00:00


They tried the same thing on me until I told them I would special order it else
where... amazing how quick the price dropped. I don't paying a fair price for
anything, and I'm not 'cheap' by any means. I would spend any amount to keep my
fuzz-balls happy, but being mugged is being mugged<G>.
Quote:

> WOW!   sounds cool!  My fiance and I have been trying to find the perfect
> cage, and are about to buy just a simple old 3 story one for $120.00, but
> it's more like we're settling for it since we've searched everywhere and
> couldn't find the perfect one.  we found one which included the ferret trail
> tube, but it was small and was only 2 stories, and they were asking $200 for
> it!!!  imagine your 4 stories next to this 2 story which costs the same!
> yuck!  We went to the petsmart in our area (in annandale, Va) and they
> didn't even have a single ferret cage. *shrug*  i'll try to have it special
> ordered. :)

> --

> Gretchen

> HTTP://homepages.infoseek.com/~friedwonton/ferrets.html

 
 
 

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Post by JABBER10 » Mon, 16 Nov 1998 04:00:00


Quote:
>All of you are talking about great cages for your little ferret, but
>shouldn`t they be kept free, running around like a cat? (I`m fairly new in
>this "ferret-business...)

Alot of people let there ferret have free rome of the house, but a lot  don't
for lots of reasons.
I do not let mine have free rome unless I am home with them and when I am not
sleeping I do not like the idea that they my get stuck somewhere and I will not
be there to help them. Also I have two big dogs and when they come in to play
with us the ferret can not come out. Starting to get cold out now so the dogs
will be in much more but the good thing here is the ferrets have there own room
so I can go in there room and play with them and the dogs can stay in and be
warm :-)
Kelly, Snowball,Sabrina
 
 
 

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Post by Melis » Mon, 16 Nov 1998 04:00:00


If I lived alone I would most likely let mine roam free, but I have
roommates and sometimes visitors and even though they're responsible, I
just don't trust ANYBODY to be as careful with my "kids" as I am.  A
window could be cracked open a bit too far (we're in an apt. so that's a
long fall!) "lumps" could be stepped on, pencils and other small ***
objects could be left on the floor, under beds etc... the list is
endless.  I also travel with them a lot which opens them up to whole new
environments of danger if they're free roaming 24/7.  Mine have free roam
of my room when I'm home and are caged during the day when I'm out.
Besides, they go back in their cage on their own when they're tired and
want to sleep anyway!

-Melissa


Quote:

>>All of you are talking about great cages for your little ferret, but
>>shouldn`t they be kept free, running around like a cat? (I`m fairly new in
>>this "ferret-business...)

>Alot of people let there ferret have free rome of the house, but a lot  don't
>for lots of reasons.
>I do not let mine have free rome unless I am home with them and when I am not
>sleeping I do not like the idea that they my get stuck somewhere and I will not
>be there to help them. Also I have two big dogs and when they come in to play
>with us the ferret can not come out. Starting to get cold out now so the dogs
>will be in much more but the good thing here is the ferrets have there own room
>so I can go in there room and play with them and the dogs can stay in and be
>warm :-)
>Kelly, Snowball,Sabrina

 
 
 

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Post by Skmrid » Mon, 16 Nov 1998 04:00:00


To those of you with this cage....
I have seen the smaller one in our pet stores,but I have three ferts with a
possibility of a 4th, in your opinions,is the big one big enough for 4?? I have
a midwest condo now, which is plenty big for 4. Can you give me the dimensions
on the big one??  Thanks..

Sue, Joey, Polo and Fizzie

 
 
 

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Post by Melis » Mon, 16 Nov 1998 04:00:00


I'm in the process of converting my Midwest (finally!) to 3 full floors.
How many does yours have?  Converting your current cage might be a better
investment.  Mine has been pretty painless so far. (it's only been sitting
in the ba***t for 3 years!!)  It might even be possible to connect those
maze tubes to the outside.  Haven't gotten that far yet.  Let me know how
you have your Midwest set up. How many floors?

-Melissa


Quote:

>To those of you with this cage....
>I have seen the smaller one in our pet stores,but I have three ferts with a
>possibility of a 4th, in your opinions,is the big one big enough for 4?? I have
>a midwest condo now, which is plenty big for 4. Can you give me the dimensions
>on the big one??  Thanks..

>Sue, Joey, Polo and Fizzie

 
 
 

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Post by Troy and Sta » Mon, 16 Nov 1998 04:00:00


Quote:

> All of you are talking about great cages for your little ferret, but
> shouldn`t they be kept free, running around like a cat? (I`m fairly new in
> this "ferret-business...)

Ferrets aren't as much like a cat as that. They really ought to be caged,
especially when you are not around to supervise - for their own safety and
yours. I don't know anyone who has the time or energy to supervise ferrets 24
hrs a day. And if you have the biggest possible cage you can afford, with lots
of toys and lots of play time they really don't seem to mind. Mine love their
big cage and never mind going back into it as long as they have had a long
anough play time outside of it.

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Post by Kim VanderLaa » Mon, 16 Nov 1998 04:00:00


I have to agree with Star on this one.  There are some people with a
room so ferret-proofed it's like a really big cage!  That's great!

I have 3 ferrets of my own and 1 that may be staying.  They have a huge
cage with 4 full levels.  It is 4 feet by 2 feet by about 5 feet high.
When my guys are out playing, I leave the door to the cage open.  Almost
always before playtime is over, at least one ferret will be back in the
cage, curled up and asleep in one of the beds.

I confine them for their safety more than anything else.  I have 4 cats
and 3 dogs.  None of whom is completely reliable with ferrets (1 cat
would be OK, but the ferrets would drive her insane!).  I have a small
child who might accidently step on a ferret if I'm not right there to
prevent this.  We live on a VERY busy street and if someone opened the
door and a fuzzy slipped out, it would probably have about an 80% chance
of being hit by a car.

There is no question for me, that caging is the ONLY way I can enjoy
ferrets in my life.  If someone else can keep them safely without a
cage, that's great.  But for most people, it's just not reality.

Kim and The Terrific Trio

Quote:

> > All of you are talking about great cages for your little ferret, but
> > shouldn`t they be kept free, running around like a cat? (I`m fairly new in
> > this "ferret-business...)

> Ferrets aren't as much like a cat as that. They really ought to be caged,
> especially when you are not around to supervise - for their own safety and
> yours. I don't know anyone who has the time or energy to supervise ferrets 24
> hrs a day. And if you have the biggest possible cage you can afford, with lots
> of toys and lots of play time they really don't seem to mind. Mine love their
> big cage and never mind going back into it as long as they have had a long
> anough play time outside of it.

> Star
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Post by Skmrid » Tue, 17 Nov 1998 04:00:00


Quote:
>Let me know how
>you have your Midwest set up. How many floors?

I have "the floor" and then two perches th the ramps...I hadn't thought about
trying to modify mine..I did see in the Pet Expo site some "tube connectors "
for the outside of the cage, so I guess you could cut the wire and put those
in, and then purchase the tubes to connect...
Sue, Joey, Polo and Fizzie
 
 
 

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Post by Melis » Tue, 17 Nov 1998 04:00:00


Ok.... not that you asked for my opinion but..... ;)

The shelf and ramp set up is dangerous.  Really dangerous.  These cages
were originally designed for cats.  There have been lots of complaints
about their slapping a ferret label on it but the company still does it
anyway.  Also, besides being dangerous, let's face it, it's not the best
use of space for that huge cage.  Ferrets should have full floors with a
small hole for the ramp or tube to go from floor to floor.  Think of how
much more "play room" they'd have that way.  Many people put a full floor
in half way up the cage (midwest) with a shelf above each and a ramp to
connect both floors.  I still think this leaves too much wasted space, but
I think it's preferable to your current set up.

Consider trying this first.  Have your local hardware store cut you a
piece of plexiglass to fit the inside of the cage.  (threw away the
dimensions -sorry!)  I think I had to make it 1/2 inch smaller than what I
measured it to be.  Get 3 wood dowels 36" long, insert them across the
cage lengthwise and rest the floor on  top of these.  Oh, I forgot... get
a glass cutter (looks like an exacto knife) and cut a hole in the corner
for the ramp.  Score it many times with the knife and then carefully snap
it off.  Then, either carpet the ramps or use tubes to get to and from
that floor. (you can use a drill on plexiglass too if you do it slowly)

If you want to get a little more industrious I'll tell you how to fit 3
full floors without needing too much techinical skill. (The tricky part is
the doors, but I found an easy solution)

-Melissa

PS: Come on!  It'll be fun! ;)  It's cheaper than buying a new cage and
much more room.


Quote:

>>Let me know how
>>you have your Midwest set up. How many floors?

>I have "the floor" and then two perches th the ramps...I hadn't thought about
>trying to modify mine..I did see in the Pet Expo site some "tube connectors "
>for the outside of the cage, so I guess you could cut the wire and put those
>in, and then purchase the tubes to connect...
>Sue, Joey, Polo and Fizzie

 
 
 

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Post by Serena Rene » Tue, 17 Nov 1998 04:00:00


It's actually kind of short for a 4 story, but it does have 4 different
levels.  The tubes are the selling point for me, it goes outside the cage from
the bottom, over the top of the cage, and back in on the other side at the
top.  Very cool.  You can find a picture of it at
http://www.pet-expo.com/fercages.htm#cages  Hope this helps you!

Quote:

> WOW!   sounds cool!  My fiance and I have been trying to find the perfect
> cage, and are about to buy just a simple old 3 story one for $120.00, but
> it's more like we're settling for it since we've searched everywhere and
> couldn't find the perfect one.  we found one which included the ferret trail
> tube, but it was small and was only 2 stories, and they were asking $200 for
> it!!!  imagine your 4 stories next to this 2 story which costs the same!
> yuck!  We went to the petsmart in our area (in annandale, Va) and they
> didn't even have a single ferret cage. *shrug*  i'll try to have it special
> ordered. :)

> --

> Gretchen

> HTTP://homepages.infoseek.com/~friedwonton/ferrets.html

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