A seesaw I made for the
ferrets. Click here to view a movie
(1.95MB) of the seesaw being used by Dief. I have more exciting
footage of the seesaw being used, but haven't found what tape it is
on yet! My kids used it more as a kind of detour, they go on it
instead of beside it as a way to get from A to B. Ina's kids play
with it more, as in they will chase each other around it a little
bit. the seesaw is unbalanced, so one end always sits on the floor.
the ferrets will stand up and pull the tall end down with their paws
and get on it that way, if they are at the wrong end of things.
it is a fun toy.
Close up of the see
saw, to show how it was made. The cardboard tubes are four feet long.
Originally, I only intend to have one tube, but it turns out I have
to put it pretty low for the ferrets to be able to walk up them.
I had made the bars holding the tubes with multiple holes so it
was adjustable, and putting a second tube on top seems natural.
The ferrets will go through both tubes, and sometimes there is a
ferret above and one below, kind of fun.
Their cat tree is shown here
with real live cats on it.
The cat tree is also
a great place to feed them hairball remedy. Counter-clockwise from the
top: Cloud, Storm, Bear, Sprite, Sand, Wasabi, Birch, Sabre, Dief
The super tube slide. It was
replaced a couple of times before I finally took it down. The climbing
up part (which looks steeper than the actual slide) was pretty worn through
and was removed, since after months of practice, walking up the actual slide
has become a piece of cake for the ferrets. Bear used to sleep at the
top, I think it is so that he could get an adrenal rush when he
woke up and shoot down. Shown here with Cloud going down and Sand
waiting his turn. It was a fun toy while it lasted, but the plastic
dryer hose are a bit flimsy, and the novelty wore off after a few months.
I will make them a better one when I find more suitable material.
From top right and
around the basin: Storm, Dief, Cloud, Bear, Sabre and Sprite. Sand
is just about to join the fun. A basin of water creates no end of
fun for them, and no end of mopping for me.
This is an old
ricebox of theirs, made out of is a translucent tupper ware box.
I gave it to Ina after I built them a bigger one with 2 plexi glass
sides for entertainment purposes. I'm planning to replace the rice
with soil, though. Sprite having a ball here.
More digging fun
A fountain I got for them.
I no longer leave it out since Bear found creative
ways to spill the water and leave it running dry. My room at
my current abode is carpeted, but connected to a bathroom, so
future water adventures will probably be in the bath tub.
Counter-clockwise from the left: Dief, Sand, Storm, and messy weasel
My dad made this for Birch
years ago. For some reason, only the girls will use it, perhaps
something with the balance and weight? Storm is running diligently
here. She ran on the wheel almost every night. I think she wass
training hard so Sprite wouldn't be able to beat her up.
No ferret toy collection is
complete without a ton of clear dryer hose. Once, against my
better judgement, I got 12 of these 20' long things. Some of them
are still sitting around unused. Sprite (albino) and Dief having
cardboard slide that have fallen into pieces since. After a while,
their dryer hose slide just didn't seem fast enough for them, so I made a
portable one out of cardboard. It had a ladder on the bottom
so they can climb it easily. For a little while, I had it
running from the cage to my pillow, not the best way to wake
up in the morning. Now they have a 8 foot cardboard tube that
goes really fast. Shown here with Wasabi, Cloud following her.
I think I have a pretty decent collection of toys for my
kids. Toys not shown here includes their collection of drainage
pipe, their ball box, their cardboard tube slide, and their new
rice/soil box. I'm sure my kids will welcome additional
toy suggestions, though.
Last updated: Saturday, 20 September 2003 @ 14:56:32 EST