I have a 1 year old ferret (had him for 10 months) named java chip. 2 weeks ago I got a 5 month old named tootsie roll as a friend for Java chip. They get along great no fighting at all. The only problem I'm having is that one of them (both males- fixed) is pooping outside of the litter box. Java chip was 100% litter box trained before. I never seem to see them pooping outside the litter box but I'm thinking its tootsie roll. I clean the area very well and scoop the litter box twice a day along with completely cleaning the litter box every other day. They both been seen the vet last week for healthy checks and poop tested neg for parasites. How can I get them to poop in the litter box 100% of the time?
Ps. I'm only a ferret owner for the past 10 months. And when they aren't using the litter box it is right near it normally behind it.
Ferrets are rarely 100%. A new ferret often means having to go back to training. Is this in cage or out? In cage, use boot camp. Outside of cage...well that's up to you to catch the wee culprit and put their furry butts in the box. Is the box cleaned out 2x daily (if raw fed, much more if kibbled)? what type of litter box? Corner? square? ciao
It's when there's in there cage. They always use the litter box when I'm by there cage. I never see them popping outside of the litter box. What is boot camp? Sorry new to this site. The litter box is cleaner twice a day. There feed Marshalls for now. Waiting for the wysong to come to switch them to that. I tried a large corner and larger cat square one. Same thing no difference with both litter boxes
To keep mine from pooping outside of litter box ----outside of cage, I line about 3 side by side. Mine do not like getting behind some of the others(works most of the time).
Really it was for my senior's benefit, I cut all my litter boxes, so noone has to step over lip to get in litter pan (spoiled ferrets). This really helped me on buying puppy pads, which I would put in front of potty.I got oodles of potties and need all I got(free roamers).
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Where did you get your new one at? I rescued an adult albino that the people lost interest in. They weren't cleaning her cage regularly and she learned to be 'dirty' and would go potty wherever inside the cage. It took a few weeks but I always cleaned her accidents up right away and kept everything clean. She learned she liked to be clean! And it helped she had another ferret to learn good potty habits from. Once you get off marshalls there will be less accidents. There's so much junk in marshalls that they just carp out. I have a decent sized business and I feed them raw and love how much less I have to clean the litter box. I was feeding Orijen which is a good kibble but even on that they were going potty often. I'll never go back to kibble.
I got the new one from petco. I no not good but he was sitting in there cage for 2 months and looked sad. Once I got him home he became happy . I guess he made get be a slow learner and will take more time. I work 12 hr shifts so unfortunate I can't clean it up right away. But when I'm home/off from work I do clean it up right away. And yes I no Marshalls is cheap that's why I ordered the new food. Should be here tomorrow
At least now I don't feel so bad. There both great ferrets very friendly. Love them to pieces and have pet insurance for them. It's the whole pooping outside the litter boxes since I got tootsie roll that's driving me crazy
I am happy to say that last week I switched Java chip and tootsie rolls litter to swheat scoop mixed with the yesterdays news and no poops outside of the litter box!!!! 1 week of 100% using the litter box in the cage AND outside the cage!!!! I am so happy I feel like a proud parent lol ?
So glad your little ones have got the hang of the litter trays.
I am always amazed at how quickly ferrets just decide they will use a litter tray, two of my cleanest ferrets were housed in a 2-3ft single hutch on just shavings so although they used a corner, they didn't have a tray ... and I never really did any training. I just gave them a big two level 6ft hutch, put a tray in each of the corners and newspaper and mats everywhere else and they just decided the litter trays must be for toileting!
I find the litter does make a difference though, I have had most success with wood-pased cat litter underneath and then a good layer of shredded cardboard - this way, all the wet falls through and is absorbed, their feets don't get wet or mucky and they seem to recognise it as litter!