How to Train Your Ferret to Use a Litter Box

Last Updated on October 19, 2020

Pets are an important part of any household, they are affectionate, they bring you a lot of good memories, and some pets even protect your family from intruders. Now, a ferret may not be for everyone but to the right owner, ferrets can bring you a lot of laughter, a lot of joy, and a whole lot of playing.

A ferret might not be the easiest to train but it is possible. They are sociable creatures when trained properly, clean and very, very affectionate, they make great companions but they will require a knowledgeable owner as they have special needs.

If you have never owned or seen someone who has a ferret, they have what you call great balls of energy. They are the perfect combination of cat and dog; they have the energy of a dog, the sudden rush of random surges of energy like a cat, and the occasional hyperactive running, jumping, falling, rolling, and more.

How to Litter Box Train your Ferret

Step 1 – Choosing the Right Size

Ferrets naturally like to back in into a corner, lift their tail, squat a little and do their business. If you are expecting a ferret to go into a litter box. You have to make sure that they can plant all four of their paws in and comfortably back up into the corner if a ferret is not comfortable in their litter box and they are not able to get all their paws in than they are most likely not to use the litter box at all.

The litter box is his safe space, an ideal litter box would be a square box, with high edges so that he can easily go into the box and squat in the corner plus it is not a hassle for you clean up afterward.

Step 2 – Picking the Right Litter

Ferrets are naturally clean animals, even at a young age their mother makes sure that no excrement or whatever else is gone, as the mother does not want the nest to be dirty so this means, it is ingrained in their biology to make sure that their nest is clean, daily.

Choose an unscented litter; biologically, mother ferrets train their children where they can poop and urinate; it is not inside the nest. They have a special area. Remember, you are now the mother, you must show them or else they will not learn.

In order for this to be effective, you must use its natural instinct against it, smell. This is why we pick an unscented litter, and we place their fresh poops and urine inside the litter box. This helps them associate the smell with the litter box.

Step 3 – Positive Reinforcement

A young ferret needs guidance on what is okay and what is not okay, you always yelling and getting angry for something that he did not know is not going to help. Your ferret loves you, he does not want to disappoint you, he wants to please you, make you happy, he is not working against you. He just needs time to learn.

By using positive reinforcement more than negative reinforcement; you not only boost your ferret’s confidence in you but its trust in you. Please be kind, they are looking to you for guidance. Whenever it does good, provide treats and whenever it does something bad, use a little negative reinforcement.

Socialize with him, play with him, spend time with him, love him. Invest in his happiness and he will invest in yours. Do this multiple times; he will get used to you, to your family and to your home thus reducing unfamiliarity.

Do everything with love and understanding, not fear, not intimidation.

How to Litter Train Your Ferret Infographic
How to Litter Train Your Ferret Infographic

Sneaky Ways of Training your Ferret

Pet owners sometimes have to find craft ways to train their ferrets, all in the name of good housekeeping. Litter training a ferret can be a little bit challenging but doable, here are the best ways to train them:

  • outside of his little box, clean it and place his home there. Make sure to thoroughly clean it as to not tempt to go there again method. This will mentally train him to associate the litter box with getting a treat.
  • If your ferret loves to run around the house, you need to buy more litter boxes and every time he uses one of those. Give him a treat. The nicer the experience, the more he uses them.

Ferret is not using the litter box, it might be:

  • Is afraid of you, your family and your home; your ferret wants to feel safe and comfortable. By him pooping and urinating randomly, the natural odor makes him feel comfortable.
  • Still has not learned what a litter box is for, the process usually takes anywhere from five to twelve weeks.
  • If your ferret seems to be pooping and urinating randomly, it might be a sign that your ferret has a tumor or some kind of kidney issue. Please visit a veterinarian as soon as possible.

Conclusion

Sharing your home with a beloved pet will bring companionship and love into your life. Pet ownership may be the best prescription any doctor can give you. You and your best friend will be together for years and years so please make the best of them. Invest time into getting to know, like and love your friend; it isn’t perfect but neither are you, grow together. Keep your promise, and enjoy the time you have with your friend.

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