my babies

United States
January 2, 2010 6:46pm CST
ok so i have 4 ferrets in one cage...what is the best way to teach them to use the littler and not the shelves?
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• United States
17 Mar 10
I am having the same problem with my 2 ferrets. I have a 4 level cage and even have 3 litter boxs in it that I clean daily and it still seems that I have to clean the whole cage every day. I been showing it to them and telling them a firm "no" but it isn't working to great.
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@II2aTee (2559)
• United States
6 Apr 10
Your problem is you have too many litter bixes. You are teaching them that its ok to go to the bathroom anywhere they want. I have 4 ferrets living in a 6 level cage, with one litter box. The litter box is on the bottom level, their food is on the second level. Always keep their litter box AWAY from their food dish. If you own ferrets you have to think like a ferret. My ferrets know that if they need to go potty they have to go to the bottom floor. After a while it will just become habit. If you have litter boxes all over their cage they will get confussed and just poop anywhere. If they have only ONE litter box, they know thats where they need to go.
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• United States
6 Apr 10
I will try this right away.....should I keep up the firm "no" to correct them also? Thanks for the help these are my first set up ferrets.
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@II2aTee (2559)
• United States
6 Apr 10
Teaching them the word "No" is always usefull, but remember to never ever ever ever.... EVER... hit a ferret. Not even a tap on the nose. They need to learn to trust you, and the moment you hit them, that ferret will not trust you for a very long time. Im not saying you would, just a word of advice I give to everyone about ferrets. One of the major mistakes new ferret owners make is by putting pine shavings in the ferret cage. Pine shavings are good for hamsters or rodents... but ferrets are NOT rodents. For bedding, always use things like blankets, clean kitchen towels, or other "soft" peices of fabric. Sometimes I throw one of my old shirts on the floor of their cage. They not only love curling up in them, but it also has your smell on them... so your ferret can get used to your scent even while they sleep! Useing soft bedding such as old shirts, or blankets serves 2 purposes. You see, ferrets are actually very clean animals. They would preffer not to go to the bathroom where they sleep. So by putting a variety of blankets all over the cage, they will get the idea that "Oh wait - this corner is for sleeping... not pooping!" See what your doing by putting 3 litter boxes in their cage is showing them that its ok to poop anywhere they want. If there is only ONE box, they will learn where it is, and they will learn to use it... and they will learn that is the only place they should potty. It may take a while, but sooner or later they will learn to use the litter box. Just be patient, be a loving parent, and enjoy your ferret. Ferrets are in my opinion, the best pets EVER!!! I'm hooked!
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@911Ricki (13591)
• Canada
27 Dec 12
I hope you have a pretty big cage, most animals need a large space. This could be why they are not using the litter pan, and using the shelves. Most small animals, they perfer their own litter pan as well, it's their own space, if another animal goes near or in it, then they refuse to be in it.
@Java09 (3080)
• United States
5 Jan 10
I think they all do that.I had a ferret and I bought a cage with levels in it,and he kept going to the bathroom on one of the levels.I tried to litter train him,but all he did was throw the litter pan around in the cage.He thought the litter pan was one of his toys.