Darlene, hahaha, I've been thinking the exact same thing, it is so different from cats.
Wenmister, I love your training plan! I shall adopt it as my own.
One problem: PetCo is the only place where I have been able to buy high-backed litter pans, and suddenly they have disappeared. ARGH! I may have to buy a bunch from ferret.com (without the breakable things on the back, I can just drill holes if I want to attach it somewhere).
Sherry, that too is a good idea. I know PetSmart sells the exact same one that is in his cage (a corner pan with a wire insert, you know the type) so I was thinking of maybe getting one to see if he recognized it when I put his stuff from the old one onto the new one (the old one is bolted on and kind of a pain) and then if that doesn't work I can just clean it up and return it.
Just a question, how do the liter pans with the wire insert work? I mean, he has to stand on the bars and go potty? And then the poop gets stuck to the bars?
Yes, exactly. That is what he came with, and while I think it would be abominably uncomfortable he never fails to use this litter-box in his cage, so who am I to question it? The poop on the bars is kind of gross. I'm sure the purpose is to keep him from using the litter-box as a dig box, because with the corner pan I had put in the playpen WITHOUT the wire insert, even when I put his poop in it, he dug in it.
Because he uses it. The one in his cage, he uses. The corner pan in the playpen I tried, without the wire insert, he does not. So I have to figure out something that works in there, wenmister's plan looks really good. I actually have a playpen mat but it's not soft so if I put down lots of soft stuff and more toys maybe he'll be more inclined. Have to order the high-backs from ferret.com as they quit selling them here. The homemade litter-boxes are also an idea.
but what im saying is why not try a homemade box? just because he is used to it doesnt mean that he cant get used to something else
Because I'm a coward. If he uses the one in his cage, I'm afraid to take a whole new thing and put it in there, especially a box that he might just go in the corner the box makes. Why possibly ruin what's working in the cage?
But when it comes to the playpen/outside the playpen, I'll try any variety of different kinds, and definitely think about making my own...maybe I should make a thread for people to post pictures of their homemade litter-boxes, and how-to training guides?
I also use cat litter boxes thru out the house and in the playpen (when I travel). Cat litter boxes are cheap and you can wash them out. They are also long...so your little one can get his whole body into the litter box.
I don't have good luck with corner litter pans. I gave up on them.
Does he usually go in the corners when free roaming? if so put some corner boxes in the usual areas and for all the other corners put ferret blankets. I did this with my Adam and he did make some misses at first but he finally got the hang of it. The room i lived in at the time was also fairly small though. Plus if he makes a mess on the blanket you can just throw it in the wash vs pulling out the carpet cleaners. Oh i also put newspaper in front of the box for butt dragging.
One of my girls had never been litter trained when I got her. The bottom of their cage had a layer of newspaper and that's all they ever went on. Since she's never even SEEN a litter box before, I bought 2 huge square litter pans and put them on the very bottom level of their cage. I arranged them so there was no space for her to back up and go EXCEPT in the litter box. I secured them to the sides so she couldn't move them, in case she tried to go behind (which she tried several times). I also covered every other level with blankets, toys, and food so she couldn't use those as potties. It took about a month but she figured it out.
I know his problem isn't hitting the litter box inside the cage, but maybe you could do something similar to switch him to a different kind of litter box if you wanted. I saw a wired covered one for the first time today and they don't look comfortable at all.
Outside the cage, she was a nightmare too. She would stop in the middle of the room, back and go. Truthfully, the only solution is to hover over them while they're out and scoop them into the closest litter box as soon as they start backing up. It's an art, really.
I wish I had better advice for you, but litter training in out household is a constantly evolving.
Hey- it's been evolving in my house for about 3 years now ;D
Ferrets: Contessa Kitties: Watson, Oskar DIP Sinnead, Vincent, Boris, Zeus and Athena, Willow, Mr. Frodo, Indie, Lucrezia, Judge, Odin, Miss Emily, Suki, Cody, Aristotle, Butterscotch, Frankenfurter. RIP Herne, Ligeia, and Mr. Stubbs