If you are like some pet owners, you can have a mixed household of pets. For pet owners with ferrets, they may wonder if a cat tower is a safe place for their ferret to play. Another concern is whether or not 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 like to find special places to hide. They would really appreciate the little tunnels and boxes that are part of many cat towers. However, even though ferrets are considered intelligent animals, they don’t seem to fully appreciate heights, or more specifically, how high is too high. Due to this lack of height recognition, it may be a good idea to purchase a smaller scratching post.
Ferret owners have reported that their playful ferrets have fallen from the unit without injury. making sure the base is secure so that it cannot easily tip over
There does not appear to be any conflict with cats and ferrets using the same cat tower. In fact, one owner revealed her older cat liked to perch on an elevated platform to stay away from ferrets as they frolic in the lower levels.
A word of warning is that your ferret may decide to use one of the lower boxes as a litter box. Just make sure you take the necessary steps to minimize the damage. After all, they are animals!
Choosing the right cat tower for your pet takes a little thought. Like anything else, the furniture you buy for your cats and ferrets is as good as the use they put it for. If your cat likes the comfort of a soft chair or pillow, look for a cat tower that has a padded perch or landing. If they prefer to sit on top of your table or bookcase, a harder, carpeted surface will work best.
You can also condition your ferret and cats to use the tower for lounging and playing rather than using your “human” furniture. Very quickly, they can be trained to choose the landing of their cat tower which is at the kitchen table rather than sprawling out on the table where you eat!
As to how much cat tricks you should buy, it depends on how many pets you have and how much space you have. Owners with limited space find that a cat tower adds vertical space for their cats and ferrets to play. Some people prefer to have a cat tree for more than one room in the house, for maximum enjoyment. The choice is ultimately yours … with your pet’s permission, of course!