5 reasons your ferret is not using its litter tray
Are you having trouble with your ferret not using its litter tray? This is a common problem that a lot of ferret owners deal with.
5 reasons your ferret is not using its litter tray:
Your ferret might not know what a litter box
is. What I mean by this is that ferrets aren't naturally inbuilt to understand
what a human-made litter box is. They might look at it and think, “Oh it's
something fun to dig in or bury the head in, and scoot around in.” But they
might not necessarily know straightaway that it's there to use as a toilet.
That's why we need to show them what we mean by putting this human-made litter
tray into their cages.
The litter box might be too small. Ferrets
actually like to back into a corner, lift their tails, squat a little bit and then
do their deeds. But if you're expecting a ferret to go in a little box you need
to make sure that they can plant all four of their feet in and comfortably back
up into a corner. My favourite litter box is one that has high edges and is
square so they can easily go into
this litter box, squat in the corner, fit all four of their feet in and be comfortable doing that. When you go to the toilet you want to be comfortable. If
a ferret is not comfortable in their litter tray and they're not able to get
all of their feet in then they're most likely not to use the little tray at all.
The litter box is dirty. Ferrets are
naturally very clean animals. Even from a very young age when they're kits,
when they're born their mother will lick their excrements to make sure that the
nest isn't dirty. And then as soon as they're able to, she scruffs them and takes
them out of the nest in order to show them where to go potty. So naturally, they
don't like it when their environment is too dirty because from a very young age
they're ingrained to have a clean environment. So the best thing that you can
do is make sure that you clean your ferrets cage out daily.
You might have a sick ferret Yuki (my ferret) has lymphoma and so that means that she has tumours growing
throughout her body and one of the changes that I've noticed from her having
lymphoma is that she can go to the toilet in random places. And one of the
reasons why I believe this is, is because I can feel a lump, a tumour growing in
her belly and I believe that it's impacting her ability to hold her poop and pee
in because the tumour might be pressing down on her bowels and bladder. So,
if you have a sick ferret you might notice changes in their behavior when it
comes to using the litter tray.
You may not have spent enough time training
your ferrets. Yes, ferrets are trainable. They're very, very intelligent
animals and it is possible to train them. And if you want to have a ferret that
doesn't poo outside of its litter box then it's important for you to spend the
time training it. I have written a book called, “Poop Patrol, How to Stop your
Ferret Pooping Everywhere”. Make sure you check it out if you would like to learn how to train your ferret to go to the toilet in it's litter box.
Need more help training your ferret? Check out the Poop Patrol Ebook (click the image below)