Product Type: Ferplast small pet accessories
Newest Review: ... little odd but it gives Bob and Dylan much more space to play with which is far more important in my opinion. These platforms can be picke... more
Ferplast Furet Plus Cage
Ferplast Furet Plus Ferret and Rat Cage
Member Name: ladyofcampfires
Ferplast Furet Plus Ferret and Rat Cage
Advantages: Loads of space, sturdy and secure, good price, plenty of extras, my girls love it!
Disadvantages: Awkward to put together, dodgy clasps on front door, needs another platform, leaking water bottle.
----- Why Furet Plus? -----
There were a few reasons I went for this particular cage. Firstly it's made by Ferplast. My hamster Frank's first cage was a Ferplast one and, although he outgrew it and I had to replace it with a bigger one, it was a decent quality cage (I still have it just in case) so I trusted this brand to supply me with a sturdy rat cage too. It was plenty big enough too so I knew I wouldn't need to replace this one for a bigger one in the future. Secondly, it was part of a pretty good value bundle deal. The cage itself cost me £85 (it is also available on amazon for the same price) but I got a bag of food, treats, bedding and litter thrown too so I got a good deal! Lastly, the cage came with most of the accessories Bob and Dylan would require which, again, saved me some money when buying everything from scratch.
----- What does Furet Plus look like? -----
The picture supplied by dooyoo provides a pretty accurate answer to that question. The cage is 70x80x50cm making is rather large and apparently suitable for two ferrets or four rats. Personally I think housing two ferrets in this cage would be a bit ambitious and probably quite cramped for them! Four rats would probably cope perfectly fine but I think this is the perfect size for just the two. It gives them ample amounts of room to sleep, eat, drink and play without them looking completely lost.
The plastic grey base tray is very deep ensuring bedding isn't thrown about everywhere and allowing you to cover the bottom in a good couple of inches of bedding making it more comfortable my lovely little rats. The bars are black and coated metal which prevent rust making the cage last longer.
The cage has two floors although I think it could benefit from another one. As the ladder leading up the second platform isn't very tall this has to be positioned quite low which means any suspension toys or beds can be quite difficult for my rats to reach as they're still quite high up! The cage is easily tall enough to add another floor (I'm 5ft7 and the top of the cage comes just below my hip when I'm stood next to it) but, unfortunately, Ferplast don't sell this floors separately. The good news, however, is that Salvic do. In fact their individually sold platforms are exactly the same as the one which comes in this cage only it's blue instead of grey. Granted it looks a little odd but it gives Bob and Dylan much more space to play with which is far more important in my opinion. These platforms can be picked up from Amazon for £10 and I think it's well worth getting one otherwise you have a lot of empty space in this cage!
There's a rather large opening at the bottom front of the cage which has possibly them most awkward positioned clasps known to man. Whoever came up with that design is a complete idiot. Rather than these clasps shutting firming over the top of one of the bars like most cages the clasps need to be tucked underneath the bars instead. It's pretty hard to weave metal bars in and out of one another and opening and closing this door is a ten minute frustrating task which will leave your fingers feeling pretty sore. I avoid using this door at all costs! Thankfully, the entire top of the cage opens up to create one very big opening. This is secured shut by plastic metal clips which you simply turn to open and close, much easier! Although reaching the bottom of the cage from the top is difficult due to its height. Alternatively you can just unclip the cage walls from the base by either side and separate the two completely which is obviously the most ideal way to clean the cage.
On the whole the cage is pleasant enough looking and will go in just about any room without upsetting your decor too much if you're bothered about that sort of thing.
----- What will I get with this cage? -----
As mentioned, the cage comes with a few accessories. Firstly there is a deep, silver metal food dish which comes with a holder to mount it to the bars of the cage. I love this feature. It can be positioned low enough for Bob and Dylan to easily gain access to their food but high enough for them not to kick their bedding (and droppings) into it too. This is a problem I have with my hamster and I'm desperately looking for a similar food bowl for him too!
You also get the mentioned grey plastic platform and matching ladder which are both sturdy enough and Bob and Dylan like to make use of these features. There's a large water bottle and wire clip to attach it to the cage. I replaced this water bottle straight away as it leaked loads and is pretty rubbish actually. Fortunately a water bottle is easy and cheap enough to replace.
Then there's a large blue plastic corner litter tray which, if you persist enough to get your pets to use it, makes cleaning the cage a whole lot easier. I can just clean the litter tray daily and change the bedding and clean the cage properly once a week.
Lastly, there's a blue and white hanging hammock type bed. This looks very nice and very comfortable in my opinion but Bob and Dylan seem to prefer cuddling up in a ball in the bottom corner of their cage and I've never actually seen them go onto this hammock. Having said this these style of beds seem to be popular among rats so I think it's just my two that are not keen rather than it being a pointless feature.
Adding your own bits and bobs to the cage help bring it to life. I've added another water bottle and another platform, a large hanging tube tunnel for them to get to and from the second and third platform, a wooden house, wheel and a suspension toy. All of these features fit comfortably in the cage whilst still allowing my girls to run around, space really isn't an issue with this cage. The room there is in this cage with just having the two rats leaves plenty of opportunities to really make this an enjoyable place for your pets to live. I spent roughly an extra £40 and the cage is perfect in my eyes (hopefully Bob and Dylan agree)!
----- How do I assemble the cage? -----
The first thing I will say on this subject is do not try and put this cage up alone. You won't be able to do it. You might be able to struggle through most of it by yourself but securing that platform is a definitely a two person job. This comes flat packed. A huge cardboard box with the base of the cage along with the four cage walls, ceiling bars, platform and other accessories and all the bits needed to put this all together. You might as well throw the instructions away as they are about as useful as a chocolate fire guard. It took me and a friend about forty minutes to fully assemble this cage and there's plenty of tricky fiddly bits and opportunity for frustrated swearing!
The walls of the cage slide into these long tubes which attach all four walls together. You then slot this in place on the base and secure with some clips at the top and bottom of each corner. The top of the cage is in two bits, first there is the thick plastic lining which goes on the outside which is secured by about ten different clips and then the actual bars which fits between this covering again, secured by plenty of clips. The platform is secured onto the cage by plastic almost screws. You have to line the holes in the platform up with the holes in the bars and you'll need one person to position this platform and hold it there whilst the other person screws in the fixtures. Once you've done all of this you just need to add bedding and accessories and you're done.
The most frustrating part about putting this cage together is simply working out what goes where. There are loads of different fixtures which all look pretty similar so without useful instructions it's difficult to work out. There were a couple of times we ended up completely redoing parts because as we realised we'd used the wrong fixtures!
The good news is that this cage is very sturdy and secure. Once it's up you're going to have difficulty getting it back down again and even the most persistent of escape artists are going to have trouble escaping from this cage!
----- How easy is it to clean? -----
The cage is simple to clean although obviously takes a little longer than what I'm used to cleaning out my hamsters cage because it's a lot bigger. The base is easy to clean with either warm water or a pet safe disinfect spray and be wiped clean also. The platform, being the same plastic smooth surface, can be cleaned in the same way and this should be done at least once a week.
You'll need plenty of bedding to completely cover the bottom and it's important to remember rats need shredded paper or safe bedding which is a lot more expensive than sawdust! The big bag of bedding I got free with my cage was used up in one go! Personally, I shred my own paper as it's just so much cheaper and is basically the same as what you buy in the shops anyway.
The litter tray, again, is simple to wipe clean and it all dries pretty quickly ready for that new bedding/litter to be placed down. I find the platform is easier to clean via the top of the cage whilst I clean out the litter tray and base of the cage by unclipping the cage walls and completely separating these from the base.
----- What do Bob and Dylan think about the cage? -----
Well it's difficult to ask them! They've settled in beautifully though and don't seem to have any complaints. They love the extra platform and enjoy climbing up the walls (literally). They've already got their favourite spots in the cage and their favourite toys and make full use of the amount of room this cage offers them. They were basically no effort whatsoever getting them to use their litter tray so that makes cleaning a lot easier too!
I'm a big fan of the cage and believe it is well worth the money I paid for it. I love to see Bob and Dylan curled up together in their house but just as much love to see them running about separately. They have plenty of room to play! They're very inquisitive animals and this cage supplies enough room and opportunity for me to hide treats and sticks for them to find out eat, chew and play with.
This cage, to me, looks like a home for my girls rather than a prison cell. Whilst I of course let them out at every opportunity I don't feel guilty about keeping them in this cage for long periods of time and they really don't seem to mind either! I'm completely happy with my purchase and would recommend this cage to anyone looking for a good home for their rodents.
Summary: A lovely home for my girls with plenty of space!