All my ferrets used the litter box till I put them in a bigger cage now someone does whatever they want. I cut off half the cage and that worked for a while but now someone is back to pooping in the tray. Any suggestions besides going back to a smaller space for a while?
Post by abbeytheferret6 on May 19, 2020 9:07:15 GMT -5
My lazy waardy would not go down to the first level at night to pooh. She would go in corner, so Ii put fluffy blankets or sheets everywhere on top floor and also put a potty in a corner. You can drill a hole in it and use a clamp to attach to bars. I have a lot of room on my Critter and Ferret Nation cage floors, as I got rid of all shelves and use a drainage tube to get from one floor to another. That means cutting three bars on bottom and three bars on top to run the route. I am not sure how people organize their potties on top floor with the hole in floor and with a shelf in there.
Post by peacexlovexpets on May 23, 2020 18:14:40 GMT -5
How many boxes/how much coverage of the cage is by litter trays and how many ferrets are using it?
When I had just two ferrets, I could cover 1/2 pan in a double critter nation without accidents (so a large litter pan that covers half of the way bottom pan in the cage). When I went up to four ferrets I needed to double that (so a large litter pan on both the solid large pan of the cage and the cutout large pan of the cage). Also be mindful that a ferret will only back up to poop until they hit either a wall/corner or another mess (pee or poo), so make sure the pan is squeaky clean whenever possible.
You can try putting bedding around the areas that you don't want them to poo/placing food dishes or water dishes (not dig boxes, they will just poo in them instead) to make the area less "comfortable" to have an accident it. Another thing that helps is "scent training" them to use a box or potty pad. I do this by mixing a bit of vanilla extract in water and lightly sprtizing the areas they are allowed to pee in. This is great for free roaming ferrets as they can hone in on where they need to go, it also helps a lot if you run out of litter and need to switch to a different brand. Lastly, watch them closely and give them lots of treats! Ferrets like to poo right after waking up, so wake them up from naps and watch them wander around (be patient, can take 10 or more minutes). When they go to poo, make sure they are in a box, allow them to fully finish pooing, and then give them a treat when they walk out (if you give them a treat too early they will stop pooing and maybe end up having an accident shortly after).
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