The Ferret



Ferrets must have plenty of good air, as they cannot stand being boxed

up closely for a great length of time without getting diseased. I have,

since the first edition of this book was printed, invented a model

ferret-cage, in which I keep my stock in perfect health and in prime

condition. I now make a specialty of manufacturing this contrivance, and

have dubbed it “The Sure Pop Ferret Cage.” It is of a solid build, but

of a convenient size for expressage to any point. It is divided into two

sections: (A) for sleeping and (B) for exercise and feeding; connected

by an aperture just big enough for a ferret to get through. A

(sleeping-room) is one-fourth the size of B and is kept dark, except

that it has two small wire windows at each side which furnish perfect

ventilation. B (for exercise and feeding) is constructed of wire on the

top and the sides around a solid frame; the same flooring serving the

two apartments. There is a wide door on the end of the larger section

and also one on the roof of the smaller, so that the ferrets can be

conveniently taken out or handled and the cage cleaned at any time. In

winter it is best to keep the smaller division full of hay; it keeps the

ferrets warm and clean. In the larger part you can use sawdust or earth;

and another big advantage I wish to call attention to is the peculiar

manner in which the connecting aperture is placed, so that the ferrets

cannot carry out the hay, but can conveniently get from one apartment to

the other. The price at which I am now disposing of these cages ($5.00)

is merely nominal, but I prefer to have my stock housed in a comfortable

and correct manner, as the ferrets will then do better work and get

attached to their new master a great deal quicker than if their quarters

were neglected. The above cage is, as I have said, of a very convenient

size, and can be stored in the cellar of a house–if the cellar is

dry–or can be placed in a barn or stable, or, if needs be, can be put

into service as an independent out-of-door house. For the latter use the

larger apartment should be boarded up, so that the ferrets are not

completely exposed to the rough weather; it should also be kept three or

four inches above the ground. If sawdust is used, it should be cleaned

out at least every other day and replaced with a fresh supply. The hay

need not be changed for one week.


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