How to Litter Train Your Ferret

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26-09-2016, 20:30
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Litter training a ferret is easy, with a little patience and understanding.


  1. When you first bring your ferret home, or if your ferret has become unaccustomed to using a litter box, confine him to his cage. Put a litter box that is high-backed, low-fronted, and large enough for him to fit his whole body in one corner. Put other things (a food bowl, water bowl, blanket, etc...) in the other three corners. Ferrets are naturally clean animals and do not like to soil their beds or kitchens. This leaves him with only one option.
  2. Watch your ferret. If you see him backing up with his tail lifted anywhere but in the box say a firm "NO" and quickly place him in the litter box. He may be startled by the feel of the litter and jump out, but keep putting him back in until he performs there. Immediately, while he is still in the litter box, give him a treat and praise.
  3. If an accident occurs, place the feces in the litter box and clean the area THOROUGHLY (but never with Lysol, which is toxic to ferrets). Now his nose will lead him to the correct bathroom and he will be less likely to dig in his litter.
  4. Once he is consistently using the box, you can expand his territory to one room that has been laid out with a litter box, food bowl, or bed in each corner. Proceed as above, with emphasis on the positive reinforcement of getting a treat after performing in the box.
  5. Once your ferret becomes trustworthy in that room, you can expand his range again, with the new room laid out as above, with at least one litter box per room that your ferret will play in. So as not to create another corner next to the box, the room boxes can be smaller triangular boxes, but be aware that some ferrets don't like these.


  • Don't let Ferrets fool you by pretending to go!
  • Clean your litter boxes often! Ferrets will not use a box that is too smelly.
  • If you have multiple ferrets, especially if one is sick, you may need two litter boxes in the cage and play rooms. Some ferrets are resistant to sharing.
  • Ferrets are finicky. Once they are used to a certain type of litter box, litter, or treat, it will take them some time to adjust to a new one.
  • Ferrets are attracted to the smell of past accidents. It's much like a marker, as with any pet. Once they go, they will return to that spot over and over if the smell is allowed to remain, so make sure that you clean up any accidents thoroughly. There are many pet accident cleaners that can be used to clean urine smells from carpet and upholstery.
  • Choose your litter with care! Pellets are less expensive, but some ferrets don't like the feel of them, especially when there is not enough in the box (should be 1-2 inches). Soft-clumping plant-based cat litters work well and because they control the smell better, they often have a better compliance rate. Never use HARD-clumping, silicone-based, or dusty cat litter (see warning).
  • Ferrets are not perfect. They will still need reinforcement occasionally after their initial litter training.
  • Never clean the cages with Lysol, which is toxic to ferrets.


  • Using clumping clay litter may cause a blockage and extreme discomfort or death for your pet. It can also be inhaled if the ferret burrows into it (which is a natural habit for a ferret), and when mixed with the moisture in the ferret's nasal passage or lungs, will gather, clump, and possibly lead to death. Clay and silicone litters will stick to the ferret's anus, and inhaled dust can cause respiratory illness.
  • Hitting a ferret in any way, even thumping lightly on the nose is not recommended.
  • Changing your ferret's brand of litter may cause him to need to be retrained all over again. Slowly mix the new brand litter in with the old over the course of a week to prevent this.
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