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?

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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