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Senior Ferret Starts Missing Litter Box

Why would an older ferret suddenly start missing the litter box?

By Ailigh Vanderbush
Posted: July 1, 2010, 5 a.m. EDT

Q: My ferret is 9 years old and has always been good about using the litter box. A couple of months ago she started pottying all over her cage. I keep it very clean. Why do you think she’s doing this?
A: That is quite old for a ferret, and she can probably be excused for not using her litter box. Much like people and other animals, ferrets lose some control over their elimination habits. This could be due to advanced age, it could be she is having trouble making it in time, or it even could be that she is having trouble getting into the litter box. Try to make it as easy for her as possible by adding some boxes and making sure they have a low entrance.

Also, take her to your ferret-knowledgeable-veterinarian for a checkup, just to be certain a medical condition isn’t the cause of the problem.

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Not sure how many use a Ferret Nation style cage, but you could probably take what I did with our Ferret Nation cage and use it in other cages I wrote a article on how to poop proof your ferret cage, the main thing about the ferret nation cage is that unless you protect all the corners the ferret can essentially go in every corner, unless you put other things there. I used cut milk jugs to create protective corner food bins, and storage bins to protect the sides and corners of the cage. You can look at the photos and info on how I did it here LINK
Iowa, Yadkinville, NC
Posted: 11/9/2010 3:00:09 PM
My girl was 8-ish when she started going potty wherever she happened to be at the moment. She had a growth inside, which at her, we left alone since it didn't bother her & she lived to be 9 & just passed last Thanksgiving. I'd give just about anything to clean up her little messes, again...
Jennifer, Ft. Wayne, IN
Posted: 7/30/2010 3:51:00 PM
i just stop using littrer pans in my cage i would just line the bottom with news papers
Amanda, Aurora, CO
Posted: 7/12/2010 1:51:55 PM
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