Adventures in Ferret-Proofing -- Part 1

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Adventures in Ferret-Proofing -- Part 1

Post by Pete » Fri, 11 Apr 1997 04:00:00



Hello Barry:
  As I see it, you have 2 choices: you can either surrender now, or you
can put in a lot of time and effort, and surrender later! Its really
tough on the ego to be outsmarted by a little bit of fluff!  ;-]
  Seriously, though, my idea would be to remove the couch legs, and
build a wooden frame, sort of like a giant picture frame, for the couch
to sit on. That would raise the mechanism off the floor but present a
solid wall to your fzzy.
Good Luck!
Pete

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Adventures in Ferret-Proofing -- Part 1

Post by Stephen Ro » Fri, 11 Apr 1997 04:00:00


(posted and emailed)

Hi Barry!

You can build a frame as the previous poster suggested, OR since you are
willing to spend a few bucks, and probably want to still be able to use
your sofabed as a sofabed (it may be difficult unless you attach the frame
with metal screw-on straps and make sure the frame is the same height as
the legs used to be) you could buy some heavy duty cotton fabric, or light
canvas (at any fabric store) and STAPLE it to the bottom like you did with
the shower curtain.  You had the right idea, but the wrong fabric.  Staple
with a good staple gun, every 1/2 inch.

Our fuzzies do the same thing to our sofa bed.  We've done like we did for
our plants: we refuse to change our lifestyle much, but we provide the
fuzzies with alternatives.  We acknowledge we can't defeat them, only
dissuade them: so we put lava rocks in the plants and provide better places
for them to dig: our smelly old boots, and occasionally a big pan of dirt.
It works: now they play with the lava rocks scooting them across the
hardwood.  About once a year they'll dig in a plant, if we go to sleep and
leave them up.   We know we can't keep them out of the furniture, so we
modified a chair especially for them: it's a flat spring chair (no
stuffing) and we opened up the bottom a bit so they have a built-in
hammock.  It's fun for them, and they don't get stuffing to ***on.
Maybe if you gave them a similar cave like place to explore they would
leave your sofabed alone...?  Maybe... ;)

Stephen and the weasels

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Adventures in Ferret-Proofing -- Part 1

Post by Tod » Fri, 11 Apr 1997 04:00:00



Quote:

>Hey, all!

>I thought it would be fun to have a semi-regular post about the attempts
>[successful and otherwise] I have made to ferret-proof my apartment.
>Feel free to respond with your own adventures!

>First, the background.

>I own a 10 month-old, male, pink-eyed white named Frank (his full name

>Rat Bastard!!!").  He is an absolute joy, but I have never met a
>creature (including my younger sibings) so determined to get into
>mischief.  As much as I love the little fuzzbutt, I simply cannot
>imagine how some people can handle owning more than 1 at a time [let
>alone 5 or 6!].

>Today's adventure:  Ferret-proofing the couch.

Try this:  Either get 2 x 4 studs cut to fit the measurements of your couch and
place them underneath in the appropriate places, or try simple red bricks.  You
can glue *** (make sure is isn't "finished" ***--with the smooth surface,
since the brick can them be pushed around--also, be sure to cut the ***
about ?" less all the way around the brick, to keep him from chewing on it, or
using it to drag the bricks around) to the brick bottoms to keep them from
scratching the floor.

With the wood, he might be able to chew large gouges out, but it would take a
long time to work his way all the way through the board.  However, with the
bricks, he won't be able to do much of anything to them.

One final method you might want to use is to purchase some plastic carpet
runners and cut them to fit, replacing the shower curtain idea.  These are MUCH
heavier in content and your little demolition team won't be able to make much
of an impression!  I would recommend using nails though, since I think staples
might not give the holding power necessary with such thick material.


 
 
 

Adventures in Ferret-Proofing -- Part 1

Post by Eric Jackso » Mon, 14 Apr 1997 04:00:00




Quote:
> (posted and emailed)

> Hi Barry!

> You can build a frame as the previous poster suggested, OR since you are
> willing to spend a few bucks, and probably want to still be able to use
> your sofabed as a sofabed (it may be difficult unless you attach the
frame
> with metal screw-on straps and make sure the frame is the same height as
> the legs used to be) you could buy some heavy duty cotton fabric, or
light
> canvas (at any fabric store) and STAPLE it to the bottom like you did
with
> the shower curtain.  You had the right idea, but the wrong fabric.
Staple
> with a good staple gun, every 1/2 inch.

We simply took the legs off of our couches and chairs.  The difference in
height is not very noticeable.  Works very well.   Our ferret, Tika, sniffs
around the edge for a little while and then gets bored and then goes and
tries to get into our entertainment center (thank God for glass doors!)..  

As for sealing entrance to the couch from the top, we simply made a cover,
which completely wraps around, and tucks under the bottom (which is now
resting on the floor...).  Haven't had any problems yet!

Good Luck!

Eric, Terri, and Tika
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