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Ferrets, Poop And Corners

Why do ferrets prefer to use corners when they do their business?

By Ailigh Vanderbush
Posted: May 1, 2011, 5 a.m. EDT

Q: Why do ferrets poop in corners?

A: Great question, and one I can only make an educated guess in order to answer.

Ferrets are small animals. Although they are predators, they are also prey in the wild. Going to the bathroom places puts a ferret or any prey animal in a very vulnerable position. During this time, it’s much easier to be caught off-guard or out in the open without an escape route. By using a corner, going under something or generally using a more private area, ferrets are probably attempting to be safe.

Why do ferrets do this in the safety of our homes? Some behaviors are innate and more ingrained than others, especially ones that are life and death!

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It's smart and it could save the ferret's life.
I noticed SpazM seeked out a corner immediately after being introduced to the family cat. Then she strategically found two other areas where, to this day, she continues to utilize. Outside, it's fair game...dogs step in HER poo! dook dook dook...NO DOOKIN'!
Thank goodness ferrets do this! It is so much cleaner since SpazM has free roam of her home. I can pinpoint where she has chosen to bed down at one of her 3 "hide outs". It is SO improtant to keep these places clean and tidy so that the ferret developes a routine...you'll be amazed how well your ferret(s) can train you!
MamaMelia, Salina, KS
Posted: 6/20/2011 7:56:35 AM
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