Product Type: Superpet small pet accessories
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Superpet Ferretrail Tubes
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Superpet Ferretrail Tubes
Date: 05/02/09, updated on 06/02/09 (43 review reads)
Advantages: Colourful, attach together fairly easily.
Disadvantages: Expensive, easily scratched and chewed.
Ferretrail tubes from from the land of America where they are just crazy about their ferrets. The colourful tubes connect together in all sorts of wonderful ways to create a tunnel system that your rats, ferrets and assorted small beasties will love. Unfortunately, your pocket wont.
Ferretrail tubes are brightly coloured and very attractive. They are obviously designed to attract kids but they will attract the grown-up animal loving kids among us too. The bright coloured plastic tubes look just great in a cage, or you can put together a big warren of them in your garden or living room for your spoiled small beasties to run around in.
They fit together in a similar way to the Habitrail tubes designed for hamsters and the like...they split in half for ease of cleaning, placed together you use a connecting ring to lock them together. They are easy to take apart to clean and put back together again. The connecting rings become worn after use and will need to be replaced occasionally.
These are fine for ferrets, as they wont normally tend to chew on plastic, however for rats they are a bit on the destroyable side. Anyone with rats knows that most of them can chew holes in things you would never think possible, so these soft plastic tubes are not going to last long with rats...or chinchillas come to think of it. Even with ferrets, their claws will eventually scratch the plastic and the lovely, clean, brightly coloured toys you bought for your animals will begin to look, well, a big mingin.
The only really big downside of the Ferretrail tubes, however, is the price. The RRP on the "Ferretrail Playground" (which consists of seven pieces of tubing and a "roll about ball" which is supposed to be the centre piece) is £32.99, and the cheapest I could find it online is £24.99. Twenty five quid for a handful of tubes is pretty steep, and if you want to add anything to your ferretrail playground the extra pieces basically cost a fiver each. So if you wanted to build a decent size playground for your small furries, it would cost you a fortune.
All in all, if you want to burn money on your pets, then go ahead, Ferretrail tubes are certainly bright and colourful. However the budget option is plastic drainpipe which can be bought for a fraction of the price from your local DIY store. I'm pretty sure your pets will use them quite as happily even though they dont come in pink and purple!!
Summary: Only if you have money to burn!
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