I was wondering... What sort of paint is there that I could possibly use for painting a cage at some point?
Call me crazy but I really want to paint my Ferret Nation (or whatever cage I wind up getting) ....Pink.
So anyway, there has to be ferret-safe paints out there to use on cages, but where would I get them? I'm sure animal-safe pink spray paint exists in the world but would it even work on a FN?
I figured since i'm on the subject of ferret-safe paint here... .. I was wondering about nail polish too ;D ;D OPI does sell dog-safe nail polish, would it be safe to use that on a ferret too? I'm probably never going to even attempt it unless my furbaby winds up being unnaturally relaxed during normal nail clippings, but I was curious.
I did figure that baked paint would be easier, although...nearly impossible lol.
As for paint being chewed on, isn't it the same as when birds or dogs chew at their cages and actually ingest the paint? I was certain there was at least some paint out there that is safe for that, "pet-safe" paint and whatnot. But yes, bedding and curtains would be my first choice, I was mainly asking because should I still really not like the look of the cage afterward even so, I'd want to know if it would be possible to paint.
I believe that you're not supposed to paint any of the cages, bird, dog or ferrets. That's why they make them of stainless. You can get the baked paint ones but they chip and I don't know how long they would stand up to some of the rigorous roughing that a ferret gives a cage (thinking of Boris who likes to bite, rattle and kick his cage ) ciao
Really? I think I've actually seen more colored bird cages than stainless ones I think they have high regulations now though, like no lead, no Zinc, no VOCs, mostly natural paints...or water based paints..and they just bake them to make them last longer or something. I'm not entirely sure of the process anyway.
But yeah, although I love the idea of a pink cage, I don't quite love the idea of having to get it specially bake-painted. :-/ Talk about expensive, lol.
I believe the commercially produced pet cages are baked on powder coat paints, but I have not found a paint safe for repainting cages. I would be interested to find one myself, my african grey parrot, Maui, has a great cage but the paint is chipped off and it is ugly
Epoxy paints (Powder coated paints) are safe to use for cages for pets. Well at least for my gliders. Who a few are cage chewers for the fun of it and I think if its safe for gliders it should be safe for ferrets.
As long as when you are done painting, let it dry for a few days with no ferrets inside when drying. Then wash it down with vinegar water solution to make it clean.
Thanks for all the info, guys! Really. Yeah powder painting sounds very expensive I wouldn't even know someplace to get it done so it seems no painting a cage for me. I really wouldn't risk the safety of my ferrets just to have a cute cage, and since powder painting seems to be the only surefire-safe method, it's the only real option i'd consider. Oh well, I'll settle with the plain FN and some cute curtains for now, until maybe they make a pink model (Wishful thinking doesn't hurt, right ;D )
Technically you can do powder coating yourself for relatively low cost (when compared to someone doing it for you). If you look up DIY powder coating you'll see what I mean. The only difficult part is that you need an oven to bake the parts in. If the cage breaks down and the pieces will fit in a standard oven then all you need is a cheap second hand oven off of Kijiji, build a powder gun and your good to go. A buddy of mine built his own rig to powder coat bike parts and actually makes decent side money on it.
Huh...interesting! o: Well I really am a broke soon-to-be-college girl so even though it would definitely be cheaper to do it myself, it's still not in my budget ;D But It does seem like a fun project to try one day, so I'll look up how to do it myself.