If you’re like some pet owners, you may 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 people also want to find out 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 enjoy the little tunnels and boxes that come as part of many cat towers. But even though ferrets are considered intelligent animals, they don’t seem to fully appreciate heights, or more precisely, how high is too high. Because of this lack of height recognition, it may be a good idea to purchase a cat tree that is on the shorter side.
Ferret owners have reported that their playful ferrets have fallen off the device without injury. make sure the base is fully secured so that it cannot tip over easily.
There doesn’t seem to be a conflict with cats and ferrets using the same cat tower to enjoy. In fact, one owner revealed that her elderly cat liked to sit on a high platform to keep away from the ferrets while they frolicked on the lower levels.
A word of caution is that your ferret may decide to use one of the bottom boxes as a litter pan. Just be sure to take some necessary steps to keep the mess to a minimum. After all, they are expensive!
Choosing the right cat tower for your pet requires some thought. Like anything else, the furniture you buy for your cats and ferrets is only as good as the use it gets. If your cat likes the comfort of a soft chair or cushion, then look for a cat tower that has a padded perch or landing. If they prefer to rest on top of the table or bookcase, a harder, carpeted surface will work better.
You may also be able to condition your ferret and cats to use the tower to relax and play instead of using your “human” furniture. Very quickly they can be trained to choose the ledge for their cat tower that is level with the kitchen table instead of sprawling on the table where you eat!
As for how many cat towers you should buy, it depends on the number of pets you own 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 with. Some prefer to get a cat tree for more than one room in the house, giving maximum enjoyment. The choice is ultimately up to you…with your pet’s permission, of course!