Bookmark and Share
Your E-mail:
Has your hamster ever been sick (if you have more than one, answer for the one you have owned the longest)?
Printer Friendly Bookmark and Share

Former Litter Box Star Misses The Mark

A ferret that formerly used the litter box now refuses to do so.

By Ailigh Vanderbush
Posted: August 1, 2008, 5 a.m. EDT

Q: Our ferrets are 3 and 4 years old. Until recently they would use the litter box. Now one of them refuses and messes in the cage. Any suggestions on how to get him to stop and start using the litter box again?

A: Consider the type of litter you use, any recent changes, and which ferret recently stopped using the litter box. If you recently changed the cage layout or added a new ferret, this could cause problems for the ferret that is no longer using the litter box. It is also possible that something as simple as changing litter products can turn a ferret off its litter box.

If your ferret is healthy, able to move without pain and you haven’t changed anything in the cage or in your home, then something else may be causing the change in habits. Watch the ferrets closely for signs of illness or stress. Check out the consistency and color/odor of the feces, as that may indicate a health problem. If nothing seems out of the ordinary, your ferret may be telling you he wants more time out of the cage or it is simply bored and needs some enrichment. Sometimes a bored or under-exercised ferret may become lazy, especially about potty habits.

 Give us your opinion on
Former Litter Box Star Misses The Mark

Submit a Comment   Join Club
Earn 1,000 points! What's this?
Reader Comments
Erica, Denton, TX
Posted: 3/30/2012 11:27:59 AM
View Current Comments

Complete Care Made Easy: Ferrets
Ferrets USA
Rabbits USA
Rabbits USA
Complete Care Made Easy: Gerbils
Critters USA
Top Products

Hi my name's Sir Cotton R.I.P 2008-2011

Visit the Photo Gallery to
cast your vote!