Ferrets are pets who spend most of their time sleeping and they love to sleep in cozy places. Don’t be surprised if you find your ferret tucked into a blanket or curled up in your socks drawer. Due to that, I have to ask myself one question:
What to use for ferret bedding material in cages?
Let’s start with what not to use for a bedding, then we will talk about the best ferret bedding material. Ferrets can’t be given wood chips or wood shavings for a bedding because ferrets aren’t rodents. When they are preparing to go to sleep they will dig through their bedding. Imagine the dust that will arise when a ferret starts to dig into the wood chips. All that dust can cause serious respiratory damage to ferrets, so it should be avoided at all cost. Another reason why wood chips and wood shavings aren’t good for your ferret: the mess. Wood shavings will stick to your ferret’s fur and he will spread it across your home and it will make a huge mess.
The best ferret bedding material is made from durable and very soft fabric. Why? Well, durable because ferrets know how to use their claws and just like with the wood shavings, they will dig into the bedding to find the perfect sleeping spot. Due to that, we need very durable material which can withstand most digging ferrets. The reason why ferret bedding material has to be soft is that ferrets love to snuggle up in soft material. So, if the material isn’t soft, they will find another place to sleep in (he will probably return to your sock drawer for a nap).
The characteristics are here. How about some real example of a good and a bad ferret bedding material?
The most popular fabric for ferret bedding is fleece. The reason for that is very simple, fleece is cheap material easy to find, soft and durable, just what ferrets want. Most of the ferret beddings are made from fleece so it is well-tested material by ferrets all over the world.
Materials which aren’t good for ferrets are gentle materials like silk and knitted fabric. Their claws can easily get stuck in those materials and ferret can get hurt if it tries to break free. Also, you will have to change materials often because they will destroy it in no time.
Best ferret bedding
Choosing the best ferret bedding material is very important, but choosing the right bedding is even more important. If your ferret is in the cage the best solution is a ferret hammock. Hammocks are hanging from the side or from the top of the cage, leaving the bottom of the cage free for litter box and toys. This principle has few advantages. It keeps your ferret’s sleep time away from the litter box and it is easier to clean the cage when the hammock is hanging above. Hammocks are a great solution for your ferret because it offers them the best sleeping position, shaping their body.
If you don’t have room to hang a hammock inside the cage you can always place it on the floor of the cage (just try to place it as far as possible from the litter box). Those ferret beddings are usually filled with the extra material like textile wadding different thickness. It may not be as cozy as hanging hammock but most ferrets find it cozy enough.
Today, the market is filled with great ferret hammocks with very good quality ferret bedding materials and in awesome shapes. You can find simple ones shaped like a square, cube, pyramids or you can find the most unusual shapes like pirate boats, bananas, cars.
Those interesting shapes can bring out a question, are they really safe for our ferrets? The best way to find out is to read reviews on the internet regarding the hammocks and read descriptions about the product.
No matter what ferret bedding you buy, check it once a week to make sure there aren’t any holes in the bedding. Holes can attract ferret, who can crawl into get stuck and injure itself. To keep your fuzzy safe, check bedding every week and the best time to do it is when you are cleaning the entire cage. Choose one day of the week, maybe during the weekend when you have enough free time. Remove all bedding from the cage, check the bedding and clean the cage from top to bottom. Your ferret will thank you and you will have a clean and safe space for your fuzzy!