It's Whatever asked in PetsRodents · 1 decade ago

How to train ferrets to use the litter box??

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago
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    Ferrets can be trained to use a litter pan, but unlike cats, they don't take to it automatically. To litter-train your ferret, start him out in a small area, perhaps his cage, and expand his space gradually as he becomes better trained. If it's a big cage, you might need to block off part of it at first.

    Fasten the litter pan down so it can't be tipped over. Keep a little dirty litter in it at first, to mark it as a bathroom and to deter him from digging in it. Don't let it get too dirty, though; some ferrets can be pretty finicky about their pans. Likewise, ferrets and cats often don't like to share pans with each other. Most ferrets won't mess up their beds or food, so put towels or food bowls in all the non-litter corners until your ferret is used to making the effort to find a pan. Bedding that has been slept in a few times and smells like sleeping ferret will be even better than clean bedding for convincing a ferret that a corner is a bedroom instead of a bathroom.

    Ferrets generally use their pans within fifteen minutes of waking up, so make sure yours uses the pan before you let him out, or put him back in the cage five or ten minutes after you wake him up to come play. When he's out running around for playtime, keep a close eye on him, and put him in his litter pan every half hour or so, or whenever you see him "pick up a magazine and start to back into a corner" (as one FML subscriber put it).

    Whenever your ferret uses a litterpan, whether you had to carry him to it or not, give him lots of praise and a little treat right away. Ferrets will do almost anything for treats, and they're fast learners. Within a few days, your ferret will probably be faking using the pan, just to get out of the cage or get a treat. That's okay; at least it reinforces the right idea.

    Positive reinforcement (treats and praise) are usually much more effective than any punishment, but if you need one, use a firm "No!" and cage time. Rubbing the ferret's nose in his mess won't do any good. He can't connect it to it being in the wrong place, and ferrets sniff their litter pans anyway. As with all training, consistency and immediacy are crucial. Scolding a ferret for a mistake that's hours or even a few minutes old probably won't help a bit.

  • 1 decade ago


    Okay what you do is this. Before even putting the litter box in the cage, watch where they tend to go. If you find the certain spot they tend to go in the most, scoop the poop from the bottom of the cage and put it into that one corner. Keep putting it there until they can see where their potty is. After that, put the litter box in. Put all the poop you find in the litter box and every time you see the ferrets in the box, give them a treat. Maybe even sit them in it every once in a while. Good luck! Hope I helped!

  • 1 decade ago

    ferrets generally need to go to the bathroom soon after they wake up. I would train my ferrets by when they wake up not letting them out of the cage and putting them repeatedly in their litter box until they go, once they have gone in the box they can come out and play... also if you see them backing into a corner scoop them up and put them in the box, i had a couple around the house until they got used to it...

    Source(s): I have had 6 ferrets over 15 years
  • 1 decade ago

    i would have to agree with Lovey on this particular question.

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