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How To Get Your Ferret To Use The Litter Box

Jan 22, 2008
Ferrets are very loyal and loving little critters, but you will have to litter train them, as when need to go, they have go - if you get my drift! Ferret litter training is actually very easy, once you know their natural habits.

First step is to buy the litter tray(s), so make sure that you buy open litter trays, as it would be too late by the time you got a closed one open!

There are only two litter types, that I would recommend putting in your ferret litter trays, and they are clumping litter and wood chip litter. You should be able to purchase both of these from your local pet shop. You only have to put a layer of litter to cover the bottom of the litter box for a ferret, not fill it up, as you would for a cat.

Young ferrets are playful little mites and may start of thinking that the litter tray is their new playground! Don't worry if your ferret does this, because as soon as it realizes what the litter tray is for - it will stop playing in it.

You may have noticed I mentioned litter trays in the plural earlier, this is because you are likely to need more than one! One will need to put in your ferret's cage, and others will need to be strategically placed in corners of rooms, where your ferret roams free. Ferrets naturally go into to corners when they need to 'go'.

Ferrets don't just walk into a corner when they want to 'go'. They actually give us some warning, by reversing into it! Unlike cats, ferrets will not dig holes, or bury their produce, they will just do their business and go. So the litter trays must be kept fresh, being replaced at least once a day.

Once you see this backing into the corner maneuver, you can pick your ferret up and pop him the litter tray. As your ferret is very intelligent and easy to train, it will very quickly ascertain what a litter tray is for, and seek them out when it needs to do its business.

You must never tell off or discipline your ferret, if it does its business in the wrong place, because the sensitive little souls will think that them relieving themselves, is what angers you, resulting in them worrying that they will anger you every time they need to go about their business.

The next thing to do is to learn when your ferret is likely to go about its business. Your ferret will need to go when it wakes up, so while you in the training stage, put them in the litter tray as soon as they wake up and keep them there until they relive themselves.

As ferrets are small creatures, they only have little digestive systems so any food or water, eaten or drunk, will come out relatively quickly , so make sure there is a litter tray nearby. Also if your ferret gets very excited, this makes it want to 'go' as well. General playing should not make it want to relieve itself.

The process of litter training your ferret will not take longer then a few days, as your ferret is a fast learner and will learn the concept of litter trays and what to do in them very fast.
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