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If you are a ferret lover, you know that ferrets need time outside of their cage in order to live and thrive. If you’re looking to get a ferret for the first time, you might be wondering if you can just take out the middle man and go without a cage all together. While that might seem like an ideal situation to you, there are several reasons why that’s not a great idea. Ferrets can be self destructive and a danger to themselves – their cage helps them stay safe and out of trouble.

Why Ferrets Need a Cage

Ferrets are naturally curious, and living in the wild they would encounter a multitude of obstacles that would go right through their tiny little bodies if left to their own devices. Without a cage, these tiny little animals could get hurt, whether that’s by other ferrets, other wildlife, or by you as a human. Also, you’ll want to be careful of any animals that are in the same area as the ferret cage, especially if they’re small. There are also plenty of environmental reasons why ferrets need a cage – ferrets like to have their own beds and giving them a reliable place that is always theirs and only theirs helps to keep them happy. You will also need a cage if your ferret gets sick, because they might hide away from you and you will need to be able to have quick access to them.

How to Find the Right Size Cage for Your Ferret

You want to make sure that your ferret has the appropriate space and the right quality of environment they need to live comfortably and well. Ferret cages come in all sizes, and unfortunately some are way too small. Before you jump into a purchase, it’s important that you understand how much space your furry friend needs. Ideally, your ferrets cage should really be as big as you can afford/fit in your house. You need at a complete minimum, 2.5 feet of cage space per ferret. The best cages are about the size of a wardrobe and come with multiple shelves and ladders so your ferret can have enough space to play by themselves.

The Benefits of a Ferret Cage

A cage helps keep your ferret safe from other household pets and small children and it prevents them from chewing on things like cords or anything else that could be harmful. It also makes it safer for them to play. While they’re in a cage, they can’t chew on objects that they shouldn’t be able to. Aside from eating everything, ferrets also run very quickly and like to play hide and seek. A cage will prevent your ferret from getting lost in an unsafe part of your house or running out the front door. Last but not least, a sick ferret will hide from you and you will need to have easy access to take them to emergency vet appointments.

What You Should Know About Taking Your Ferret Out of the Cage

In order to keep your ferret happy, you will need to take your ferret out of the cage for at least an hour and a half every day. To prevent anything dangerous from happening to your ferret, you should let them play in an enclosed room that has been ferret proofed. This means you have picked up everything that they could chew and they can not crawl under/up to any area where you won’t be able to reach them. Your ferret should be supervised during play time because they will surprise you and get into things that you previously wouldn’t have considered a potential problem.

A Few Words of Caution

If you’re looking for an adventurous and social pet that loves to roam the world and climb on everything, then you’re going to want to get your hands on a ferret. Ferrets require a safe and secure space to live in. To ensure that, ferrets require a solid steel cage that can be built to protect your ferret from harm. In order to keep your ferret safe, you need to keep your ferret in their cage. They need the structure and safety that comes with being locked up inside their cage for a few hours every night.


Most ferret owners have heard the warnings about keeping a ferret on the loose in your home. Ferrets are actually very adaptable and thrive on being active. Ferrets need to run around to thrive so when you don’t take them out of their cage, you might be surprised how quickly they get bored of waiting for you to play. However, ferrets also get into everything and no matter how much you try to ferret proof your home, your ferret will be much safer with a cage.