My husband and I put this cage together in about half an hour. You will probably need two people. Also, because the pieces are rigid metal, you may need some finesse (and by "finesse," I mean with a hammer) to get the edges perfectly square. The cage has tabs and slots to hold it together, and if they are a little off they will not fit. I read reviews of this cage on Amazon; many people had to use a hammer. However, this part was not difficult or strenuous, and the metal will not dent if you are careful. (I recommend holding a small block of wood against the edge and hammering that.) Just a few well-placed whacks had everything fitting snugly. Despite the extra work, I'm still giving this five stars because we are so pleased with it.
The upper and lower portions each have double doors, making cleaning easy. Just hook the middle ramp in the "up" position, and your critter will stay put in one half while you are busy with the other half. The litter trays easily slide out. There's a big shelf at the very bottom (beneath the two units) for storing shavings, food, etc. And it has locking wheels, so you can move the unit around if you need to.
We have one ferret, and he LOVES his new home. There is so much room to explore and play. I do not know how much space multiple ferrets need, but this cage looks comfortable for at least two. You could also get an add-on unit (so three stacked units total), which would almost reach an 8-foot ceiling.
This unit comes with fleece covers for the wire ramps, which allow little feet to scamper easily. I bought the separate covers for the mid-level platforms (that set also comes with a hammock). There's a larger set of slipcovers that includes big ones for the two litter trays, but we prefer to keep the litter uncovered. (Remember to use paper litter, never wood chips or shavings!) Our ferret uses a bottom back corner to do his business, and it's easy to keep that clean. I didn't want to have to remove and wash the slipcovers frequently, which I felt we would have to do if we used them on the litter trays. The upper unit is where our ferret has his food and water, so that one would need to be washed a lot too. Some people who use slipcovers for the big trays get multiple sets so they can immediately put a fresh one on, rather than waiting for the washer/dryer.
We also got the separate exit/entry ramp. It comes with its own slipcover, like the inside ramps. We can leave one of the bottom doors open and let our ferret come and go as he pleases.
We love it!
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