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Younger Ferret In A Pair Won’t Use Litter Box

Why won’t one ferret use the litter box when its cagemate uses litter boxes without a problem?

By Ailigh Vanderbush
Posted: January 1, 2011, 5 a.m. EST

Q: I have two ferrets. One is about 7 months old and the other is about 3 months old. The oldest one, Max, is fine. But I’m having a difficult time potty training Taz. I provide a newspaper-based litter for the litter box in their cage. Max uses it just fine; Taz does not seem to understand how to use the litter box. He goes number 1 and number 2 on all three of the levels in the cage. Is there something else I can do to help train him?

A: Having another ferret in the cage that uses a litter box may help, but the best thing to do is to place litter boxes where Taz seems to prefer going — on all three levels. Some ferrets just don’t seem to get the point of a litter box.

I believe that ferrets that are great at using a litter box learn it young from their mother; so I think that those that aren’t missed out on that opportunity. Be patient and hopefully adding the extra boxes will help your ferret learn to use them.

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I have two ferret boys, and I have noticed that they each have their own corner of the litter box. Once one goes potty in one corner it's as if he has marked his territory, and the other ferret won't use that corner. Maybe the younger one isn't using the litter box because it has already been "claimed" by the older ferret. Just a thought. =)
Kiira, Austin, TX
Posted: 2/3/2011 8:10:16 AM
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