Ferret litter pan training
To litter pan train Ferrets, start your ferret out in a small area. Keep a little dirty litter in his pan at first to mark it as a bathroom and to keep your ferret from digging in it. Ferrets back into corners to leave their wastes and most Ferrets won't mess up their beds or food. Therefore, put ferret scented towels or food bowls in all the non litter corners at first.
Ferrets usually use their litter pans within a few minutes of waking up, so make sure your ferret goes before you let him out. When your ferret is out running around for playtime, keep a close eye on him. Put the ferret in his litter pan every half hour or so or whenever you see him start to back into a corner.
How do I know when Ferrets need to go?
Ferrets usually will back into a corner away from food and other areas when he wants to go.
Where to put ferret litter box or pan?
Ferrets will not travel the distance to a litter pan like a cat, so several are generally recommended in the area of play. Whenever your ferret used the litter pan, give him a lot of praise and a little treat right away. Within a few days your ferret will probably be faking using the litter pan, just to get out of the cage and get a treat.
What if the ferret fakes using the litter pan to get a treat?
Once your ferret has learned that using the litter pan give him the treat, he probably will fake it to get some attention. it's ok, at least you know that the ferret is getting the idea and is well on his way to become fully trained.
Should I punish the ferret when he does not use the litter pan?
Ferrets, like other animals and pets, do not respond well to punishment. Treats and praise will work much better than any punishment. Consistency and immediacy are very important.
Ferrets play roughly with each other and like puppies and kittens, ferret kits won't know how hard they can play without hurting you. Treats and praise will work better than punishment to train the Ferrets how rough they can play and what not to do.
How to punish Ferrets?
Avoid punishing Ferrets if possible. However, if you need to punish a ferret, then confining him to a cage and ignoring him for a few minutes usually gets his attention. Scruffing and a firm no may also work.