I like that idea Jackie! And since it's where the box would normally go, it doesn't take up as much space as I'd thought it would. How secure is the tubing in there? Meaning would it be hard for a tantruming ferret to pull out?
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I secure all my tubing with zip ties. They are very cheap and you can even get thicker ones that are reusable. Those are the ones I use to secure my litter boxes to the cage. They have a tab that you can press to undo them (unlike normal zip ties). They are available at most hardware stores (I got mine at Home Depot).
Wow zip ties would be perfect for securing the tube to the box! Great idea. I was trying to figure out how to use my Velcro ;D
As for zip tying the box does, that would be more of a challenge because I need to move something to scoop. Id have to undo whatever to scoop daily. So I'm thinking using the velcro to keep the box in place is the best idea, just have to implement it.
Well they won't go through the tube yet, so I'm just letting them go through the open hole until they form that habit. Then ill introduce the tube (condensed so it's short) and eventually make it longer.
I too have battled a ferret that thinks NOTHING SHOULD BE IN A CORNER EVER, unless its firmly secured. I found that the best solution for securing bins and such is to 1) poke a hole or two in the bin near the top 2) thread butchers twine (or something more attractive lol) through the hole and over the top "lip" of the tub 3) attach a clip to the now closed loop of twine and put the top back on.
Now you can clip the box wherever you'd like. The butchers twine is thin enough to put the lid of most sterelite type containers back on securely, sturdy enough to hold up to a now furious ferret who cant toss his litter box, and cheap enough to replace whenever needed. Best of luck, and brilliant idea! I may be coming back to this thread soon to make my own track-less box
Post by Yurei Avalon on Sept 5, 2012 14:38:50 GMT -5
I have a bunch of those lock on litter pans. My fuzzies decided to yank the locking piece out of all of them every time I tried to use it. What did they do with the litter pans? Push them 4"-6" away from the corner of the cage. They do not poop behind the litter pan, they poop in it like good little brats. But they cannot STAND being blocked from having that comfy little path around the cage perimeter. Go figure.
Post by Sushi La Fuchi on Sept 6, 2012 16:56:15 GMT -5
*Bump bump* Where's the instructions Jackie? lol.. jk.. Sorta
Anywho, continuing on from where everyone left off, I actually drilled a hole in my high backed litter pan and use a metal wire twisted around the bars to secure it in place. I suggested velcro for Jackie though because I assumed she had extra and wanted to do the same thing she did with the out of cage litter box.
So did you test out any ideas on how to get the velcro idea on the wall going?
I actually think the velcro will work. I am making another box, with the hole off to the side so that I can position my FN ladders a certain way. If I want to change it up, I have the box with the center hole as well as the box with the side hole.
The girls are using it very consistently. No accidents. The tube is still short so I'm getting some tracking, but I made it longer today so fingers crossed!
I will post the instructions soon. I've been cooped up in the lab all day and am sooo ready to go home and nap. ;D
Post by Sushi La Fuchi on Sept 6, 2012 18:17:20 GMT -5
Interesting! I'd really like to see some pics of that one with the holes cut out of the side and see how it fits with the ladders in the ferret nation. Woo hoo on the no accidents part! Smart girlies are being good for the momma. Ah, labs... a nap is very much earned indeed.
Ah, I just found this thread! Those litter boxes look awesome! Great job! And great job to your girls for catching on so quick. It took one of my boys about 10 days to get in there 100% of the time. What I did to secure my box to the cage was cut two small pieces of the edge of the lid off on two sides (one on each side that would be against the cage wall. Then simply used some small clamps to clamp the tub to the cage wire. I'll get a pic. This works well for me because it's super easy to get the box in/out and since I use wood pellets and dump the entire box, it needed to come out easily for me.
Post by halblingefrau on Sept 24, 2012 21:56:56 GMT -5
I haven't used the tube style, but I do have a large storage bin (1/2 the size of a FN floor) and it has helped dramatically in litter box use. I scoop once a day. It would get super nasty if I didn't. Also, I didn't cut down one side to a lower lip... I left it at the regular height of the whole bin. The fuzz still use it regularly, and it gives them a 4th side to poop against. I also switched to worlds best cat litter and it has helped A LOT.