They also sleep for an average of 16-20 hours a day. By creating a suitable home that is cosy and comfortable you can make sure your ferrets are happy, stimulated and fulfilled.
Creating the right environment for your ferrets
The ideal ferret enclosure is a converted garden shed with an aviary attached or a large wooden walk-in dog kennel and run. The area will need to be well built with welded mesh and a solid floor. This can be either concrete or wood with a carpet or vinyl covering.
Make sure your enclosure has a double-door system, stable door or a 2 feet high barrier in front of the door. This will prevent sneaky ferrets rushing out and escaping when you open the door.
An outdoor enclosure like this offers your ferrets access to lots of space and activities 24/7, which suits their random pattern of sleeping and being awake. It also maintains a natural temperature year-round – this is important as ferrets can be very sensitive to extreme heat and cold.
Whether you’re planning to buy an enclosure or build your own, carry out regular inspections on your ferrets’ accommodation to check for damage from poor weather conditions.
What size should an outdoor ferret enclosure be?
The ideal outdoor enclosure size for a pair of ferrets is 2.4 metres long by 2 metres wide by 2 metres high (8 ft long by 6 ft wide by 6 ft high).