Facts to know before putting a ferret in a cat tower

If you are like some pet owners, you may have a mixed pet household. Pet owners with ferrets may wonder if a cat tower is a safe place for their ferret to play. Another concern is whether a cat and a ferret can share the same tower. Many also want to know if it is better to buy more than one cat tower.

Ferrets love to climb and enjoy finding special places to hide. They would really enjoy the little tunnels and boxes that are part of many cat towers. However, even though ferrets are considered intelligent animals, they do not seem to fully appreciate heights, or more accurately, how tall is too tall. Due to this lack of height recognition, it may be a good idea to purchase a cat tree that is on the shorter side.

Ferret owners have reported that their playful ferrets have fallen from the unit without injury. making sure the base is fully secured so it cannot easily tip over.

There doesn’t seem to be a conflict with cats and ferrets using the same cat tower for enjoyment. In fact, one owner revealed that his older cat enjoyed perching on a high platform to keep away from ferrets as they frolicked on the lower levels.

One caveat is that your ferret may decide to use one of the lower boxes as a litter tray. Just be sure to take a few necessary steps to keep clutter to a minimum. After all, they are animals!

Choosing the right cat tower for your pet requires some thought. Like anything else, the furniture you buy for your cats and ferrets is only as good as the use it gets. If your cat enjoys the comfort of a soft chair or pillow, look for a cat tower that has a perch or padded rest. If you prefer to rest on top of your table or shelf, then a harder carpeted surface will work better.

You can also condition your ferret and cats to use the tower for rest and play instead of using their “human” furniture. Very quickly, they can be trained to choose the landing of your cat tower that is at kitchen table level instead of lying on the table where you eat.

As for how many cat towers you should buy, that depends on how many pets you have and how much space you have. Homeowners who have limited space find that a cat tower adds vertical space for their cats and ferrets to play. Some prefer to get a cat tree for more than one room in the house, providing maximum enjoyment. Ultimately, the choice is up to you … with your pet’s permission, of course!

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