Thursday, September 9, 2010

Ferret hidey hole

Ever felt overwhelmed by the world? Like there was just too much going on and you needed to get away? Hide on a safe, cozy spot alone and just watch the world go past, safe and sound? We if you have, chances are that your fuzzy has too! This is a great idea from the book "Ferrets for Dummies" by Kim Schilling (Third Edition) -- it is a ferret hidey hole/ escape box that is inexpensive, easy to make and offers your pet a quiet, solitary sleeping spot. It can also double as a fun toy! I found that, at times, my smallest ferret would get a bit overwhelmed by her big brothers and needed a place to escape to. We created a ferret hidey hole to offer her some relief.

To make this hidey hole, you need:
  • 1 small rubbermaid container
  • 2 pieces of PVC or similar piping (with smooth edges - you want the piping to be slightly larger than your ferret, but still small enough that your ferret will be able to keep other ferrets out with ease; the pieces should also fasten together with relative ease)
  • 1 Sharpie or similar permanent marker
  • Some blankets
  • a large utility knife or sturdy, non serrated kitchen knife
  • a tub of HOT water
Trace the outline of the piping onto the rubbermaid container. Soak the container (cutting side immersed) in really hot water for approximately 20 minutes. Once the plastic has softened, take your knife and cut the hole for your PVC piping. Be sure to cut the hole slightly smaller than the piping to ensure a snug fit. Once the hole is cut, place the container (hole immersed) back in hot water for about 5-10 minutes to soften the plastic again. Get your piping ready. Remove the container and gently push one side of the pipe through. Fasten in the middle and let the plastic cool. Once the container has cooled and dry, add your soft blankies, put the lid on and let your ferret explore it!