I recently adopted a kit. He is now 11 weeks old. I am looking for a playpen to use when I take him over to friends' homes, so I have somewhere to set him down when I can't give him 100% of my attention.
I am not sure whether I should put the money in now to get a metal one, or if one of those cloth, popup ones would do the trick. I do not plan to leave him unattended in it for long periods of time.
In the end, I'll probably get both, but I am wondering if a cloth one would serve my needs for now, or if ferrets are too keen at putting holes in them.
you need 1 inch bar spacing, max, and 29" height is standard. Ferrets can climb and jump, so you need to keep that in mind. Shorter heights and wider bars will not contain ferrets, and some have been known to defeat these playpens. I will say that we've had a combo of Marshall and Prevue playpens on our porch for 2 years now with no signs of rust.
I would go with the Marshals 11 panel playpen and forgo getting those cloth things. Yes, it's heavier but it lasts forever and is worth it in the long run. I use a double 11 panel for kits and it does amazing for them. I also use it for travelling. ciao
Marshalls come in an 8 panel or 11. Do make sure the specs are as Unclejoe has mentioned when buying. Playpens come in shorter sizes, but ferrets need the 29" tall panels. All, as far as I know, are 1 inch spacing between bars.
I decided to to with the Super Pet N Playpen, and it seems like a good investment so far. It's been great to use when I'm over at friend's house. I just keep it in in my trunk along with my little guy's "travel kit."
I do plan to eventually get one of those cloth ones that I can take and put in a backpack for small outings and stuff, but I'm glad I got the more secure one for my trunk first.
It would waste your money to buy the cloth ones, and endanger your ferrets if you plan to use that when traveling, eg. somewhere away from home/outside. Ferrets will love nothing more than to shred up that mesh. I do have a soft carrier I have used for mine on quick vet trips, and they generally don't claw at it as I usually have a hand stuck in there playing with them on the way to the vet, but I have witnessed how fast it can get hurt from scratching, and not to mention my lot are currently very interested in shredding up the bug window screen in their bedroom and Ares has made it outside into the window well through the mesh.