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Ferrets USA: The Box And Beyond

Litter-training your ferret takes a little know-how and lots of patience.

By Mary Van Dahm

Ferrets are latrine animals, which means that they usually choose a certain spot and return to it to eliminate. They generally prefer a loose substrate like litter, as cats do. Unlike cats, ferrets do not cover their feces. Many ferrets can be paper-trained, too. Some people keep litter boxes in their ferrets’ cages and provide newspaper for them to use when the ferrets are out of their cage to play. Whichever method you prefer, you must convey your wishes to your pet.

Patience & Persistence
It often helps to teach your ferret to use the litter box in the cage before letting it out to play. Give it a verbal command, such as “Go potty,” then set it in the litter box in the cage to let it know what the command means. Ferrets often try to fake you out by backing into the litter box and then running out without actually eliminating. If this happens, keep setting your ferret back in the litter box. When you see the desired results, then let it out to play.



**For the full article, pick up the 2008 issue of Ferrets USA or click here to buy the issue.**

 


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