Those of you who own a ferret will know how this animal likes to crawl its long body through things like snakes. When you’re looking to build your own ferret tunnel system at home, you’ll be surprised at what materials you have around the house that will make the perfect tunnel. Check out some of the best materials you can use to make a DIY tunnel system for your pet ferret.
Best Materials to Use for DIY Ferret Tunnels
1. Flexible Drain Pipa
You may not find this option at your local pet store, but a sewage pipe is the perfect choice for making your own tunnel at home. The flexible black tube is better for those who don’t care to see their pet run through it. This is also beneficial as ferrets tend to naturally like dark tunnels and would love to be able to travel without being seen.
Most pipes of this type are about 4 inches in diameter. It also expands lengthwise, with most being anywhere from 2 to 25 feet in length. The material is extremely durable, and it’s easy to find connectors and end caps to hold it all together.
2. Super Ferret Through The Road
This is a type of transparent tunnel made especially for ferrets. Similar to a drain pipe, it is about 4 inches in diameter and 20 feet long. It’s much more flexible, and allows you to make lots of twists, turns, and twists for your pet. The only drawback of this material is that it may not last long for some ferrets who like to play rough or chew on it.
3. FerreTrail Tube
This is another product that many people use to make tunnels for their ferrets. Plastic tunnels often extend up to eight feet and have several connector rings. This is better for those trying to build a shorter path than a long, complicated tunnel system.
4. Cardboard box
Finally, your Amazon addiction can finally come in handy and give you lots of boxes to make tunnels for your pet. Cardboard boxes can be glued or glued together to make the tunnel system as big or small as you want. You can even create a small room for them to stop and hide as they pass by. Whatever you do, make sure the box is wide enough for the animal to pass through.
5. Spare Bottle
Many ferret owners try to get creative with their tunnels. One thing we’ve seen recently is the use of used bottles to make fun mazes. Almost every household in the country has a few spare plastic bottles that are perfect for the occasion and large enough for your ferret to explore.
How to Make a DIY Ferret Tunnel
Once you have the materials, the hardest part of the whole process is taking the time to actually put the tunnel system together. This project can be as simple or as complex as you want. Some people make tunnels that span several rooms in their homes and go up and down stairs. Others just make tunnels that run from one cage to another. The overall design is up to you.
Here are the equipment you will need:
Connector pieces or end caps
To build your ferret tunnel, we think it’s best to sketch out your design before starting so you have a guide to follow. You can easily make changes during the build process if you want. Work from your starting point and then add tunneling, gluing the pieces together as you work to ensure that they don’t come loose. You may have to use scissors to cut the pipe from time to time. Slowly work your way towards your endpoint until the project is complete. Before testing them with your animals, double-check the entire system to ensure that there is no easy way for them to escape and that every connection is secure.
Final Thoughts: DIY Ferret Tunnel System
Ferrets have fun personalities, and it is physically and mentally enriching for them to have tunnels to run and hide in. Making a DIY tunnel system at home doesn’t have to be expensive. It’s as easy as finding some hollow materials you have around the house and starting to glue them together until they can safely move from point A to point B.
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