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How to Litter Train Your Ferret

Most people have heard of kennel training their puppy.
Thankfully, you can use the same basic principles when you bring home a kit that hasn't yet learned how to use a litter box.
And train them you should.
While adult ferrets are normally quite clean, if not trained from an early age, you may find yourself dealing with soiled areas in your home.
Ferrets have a small intestine.
The result of this is that ferrets will urinate and defecate at the same time.
If not trained to use ferret litter, they just may back into the nearest corner to relieve themselves.
Ferret training does not have to be difficult.
All it takes to undertake ferret litter training is a box that accommodates your young ferret and some cat litter.
There are 3 types of litter available that will help you with ferret training.
There is regular clay litter, fine clumping litter, and an array of wood products including pellets of recycled paper, shredded paper, and a mixture of very fine cedar and softwood shavings.
While clumping litters are fine for adult ferrets, it is not great for to use as ferret litter for kits.
Young ferrets may dig or play in their ferret litter and the dust can cause sneezing or even difficulty breathing.
Another type of litter that you may want to avoid is clay litter with deodorizer.
Oftentimes a ferret may dislike the odor and avoid using the litter box altogether.
No one said training ferrets was simple! Unlike cats, ferrets do not cover their stool.
Because of this, you will want to use only a thin layer of litter.
Too much and your ferret may just find it a fun sandbox to dig in.
Ferrets love to play, so during ferret training, it is essential that you watch for digging in the litter box and stop your feisty friend in the act.
Instead of using a litter box made for a cat, you can find specially made litter boxes just for your ferret.
A ferret litter box is made with a low side and a guard on the higher sides to prevent the animal backing far enough up to miss the box.
Now, remember the kennel training idea? Using this simple technique, you will be well on your way to ferret litter training success.
When your first bring home your pet, keep him in his kennel unless he is 100% supervised.
As soon as your ferret wakes, place him in the ferret litter box until he does his business.
He may likely climb out, but be consistent in placing him there until he has relieved himself.
Ferrets typically back into a corner when they need to urinate.
If your ferret climbs out of the litter box and heads to the corner, place him back into the box.
Ferrets love to be loved! This makes training ferrets a relatively easy task.
By using rewards when your ferret heads to the litter box, you will teach him that this is the right way to behave.
Remember to keep a close eye on your pet, both when he is in his cage and when he is out.
Any move towards a corner may be a signal that he is about to relieve himself.
Pick him up and place him in the litter box until he urinates.
Keep it up! A little ferret training goes a long way!

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