Ferrets are very active creatures that have a short digestive tract as well as a very high metabolic system.
This means that they eat a lot and poop a lot too.
This all can be very messy if you have not to litter trained your ferret or even invested in a good litter box plus good quality litter.
A healthy ferret is a happy ferret.
I have listed 7 ferret litters and litter boxes to help you get started.
3 Best Litters
|1. Marshall Premium Odor Control Ferret Litter||4.4||10 lbs.|
|2. So Phresh Odor Control Paper Pellet Cat Litter||4.4||25 lbs.|
|3. So Phresh Scented Crumbled Paper Small Animal Bedding||4.8||40 litres|
4 Best Litter Boxes
|1. Marshall Ferret Litter Pan||4.2||2.75 lbs.|
|2. Nature’s Miracle Litter Box||4.5||0.5 lbs.|
|3. KAYTEE Hi-Corner Small Animal Litter Pan||4.5||0.62 lbs.|
|4. Ware Lock-N-Litter Small Animal Litter Pan||4.3||0.5 lbs.|
1. Marshall Premium Odor Control Ferret Litter
- Designed for Ferret Needs
- Environment Friendly
- No Expiration Date
- Has Some Irritating Particles
2. So Phresh Odor Control Paper Pellet Cat Litter
- Free of Dust
- No Overwhelming Litter Scent
- Environment Friendly
- Good Absorption
- Requires a Bit More Maintenance
- A Little on the Pricier Side
3. So Phresh Scented Crumbled Paper Small Animal Bedding
- Free of Dust
- Environment Friendly
- Good Absorption
- Safe for Ferret
- Can Be Used as Bedding for Small Animals
- Small Particles
Ferret Litter Box
1. Marshall Ferret Litter Pan
- Available in different sizes
- Specifically designed for ferrets
- Different color options
- Appropriate height ratio
- Poorly designed hinge
- Difficult to attach to cage
2. Nature’s Miracle Disposable Litter Box for All Litter Types
- Available in different sizes
- Great odor control
- Quick drying properties
- Extends litter life
- Chance of litter spilling over
3. Kaytee Corner Litter Tray
- Available in different colors
- Great design
- Helps potty training
- Appropriate dimensions
- Cannot be fastened to cage
4. Ware Manufacturing Plastic Lock-N-Litter Pan for Small Pets
- Easy to clean
- Odor and stain resistant
- Low entry
- High back
- Can be attached to the cage
- Lock not strong enough
How to Choose Ferret Litter?
You need to understand as a pet owner that ferrets are much different the other small pets that you keep in your household.
This is why the products you choose for your ferrets have to be exclusively made for them.
Litter is one of the most important things that should be chosen in accordance with the nature and anatomy of the ferrets.
Choosing a litter that is safe for your ferret is very important for its overall health and the environment of your house and the cage of the ferret.
Here are some things that you should keep in mind when you invest in an excellent litter for your ferrets.
Made for Ferrets
Get a litter that is specially made for the use of ferrets. Before purchasing litter that is used for other small animals check the ingredients to see whether the litter is safe for the ferrets.
You should invest in a litter that is entirely dust free.
Cannot be ingested
Immediately stop using any litter that your ferret begins to munch on
Within Expiration Date
The bedding you buy should not be used past the expiration date
Make sure that your litter has ferret odor controlling properties
In order to buy the best litter for your ferret, test and try out several litters and see which one preferred by your little critter the most.
Avoid litter that has any additional fragrances, chemicals or additives in it.
Litters Types that are Safe for Ferret Use
This kind of litter is actually made up of recycled newspaper.
This litter pellet is very low in cost and is extremely affordable.
It is also low in dust content.
Also, remember to use a litter that is unscented to avoid any irritation or allergies.
Pine Pellet Stall Bedding
This is a very safe, dust-free litter that also absorbs the odor very well. It is for all the people who are on a budget and even smells like pine.
For some people, the odor is a little too much, and some ferrets find it somewhat irritating.
Another drawback of this litter is that it turns into dust when it is soiled.
Wood stove pellets
This kind of litter is made up of compressed sawdust that is rather affordable.
You need to make sure that the pellets are only made up of hardwood and they do not contain cider or any other harsh chemicals.
You should also always check the labels on the pellets as some say explicitly that they are not safe for animal use.
This is because they contain binders and chemicals that are not at all safe for ferrets.
You should look for wordings like Denatured wood litter pellets-kiln that is dried to remove harmful phenol.
These kinds, softwood stove pellets have a slightly pungent woody odor, but not like the pine cones.
When they are soiled, they break into sawdust which can make them pretty messy.
What kind of litter should you get for your ferret?
All kinds of litter for other pets are technically not all safe for ferret use.
There are three things that a litter must have in order to suit the needs of the ferret.
The litter can be made of :
- Recycling paper
- Betonies litter or
- Natural clumping bedding.
Natural Ferret Litter
The best litter when you are on a budget is the bedding made from natural paper fibers that are actually compressed into pellets.
Wait! It gets better!
They have excellent odor control and superior absorbency.
Such pellets are actually very dust free, and they remain in the bottom of the cage and the litter pan.
Clumping Ferret Litter
You can use clumping litter that is either made from wheat or corn.
These kinds of litters are actually much more expensive, and a pet can mix them as some tasty snacks.
The ferret might just end up eating those.
Bentonite Ferret Litter
The bentonite litter is actually made from clay that is a product of volcanic ash.
It is very safe for ferret use, is very absorbent but does not come cheap.
Litters that are not safe for ferret use
Clay litter is the worse choice for ferret litter.
The clay gets very thick and cement like and then it sticks to the sin of the ferret and also the paws of the ferret, its eyes and its nose.
Ferrets also have a habit of dragging their bottom against the bottom of the litter box which means that clay particles also get stuck to their bottom.
This can be incredibly dangerous as the clay particles can slump up and develop obstructions or blockages in the anus of the ferret.
The clay could cause inter blockages even if the ferret ingests it.
The clay litter is also very hard and dusty, and it can cause havoc on the sensitive respiratory system of your little friend.
In any case:
This is incredibly bad for the ferrets that love to dig around through the litter pan.
This kind of litter contains beads, pearls, gel or flake and they need to be approached with utmost caution.
In addition to that:
Some of these silica litters lead to significant trauma and affect the respiratory system of the ferret due to the silicosis.
There is some silica in the market that are known as the amorphous silica, and they are safe for the respiratory tracts of the ferrets.
However, the drawback of this kind of litter is that it tracks rather heavily and many of the ferrets think that they are dig boxes rather than litter boxes.
The silica is also very expensive, and it is not easy to scoop at all. They are very messy, and they absorb the urine.
Cedar and pine shavings are not the best choice for ferret litters as they contain essential oils known as aromatic hydrocarbons and phenols.
These oils go on to release toxic vapors that have very different effects on the respiratory system of the ferret, and it also impacts their liver heavily.
But that’s not all:
They cause changes to the enzymes of the liver.
The pine and the cedar do not get processed in a way in which the essential oils are removed from the natural softwoods.
Hardwoods that are aspen generally do not have any trace of phenols or essential oils in them.
But no matter what they are not good choices for ferret litter as they are very harmful to the ferrets in general.
Pelleted rabbit food
This is not ferret litter.
You have to look for alfalfa pelleted litter.
You also need to read the label and oversee the wording.
You also need to be aware that some of the ferrets find the alfalfa very irritating and slightly toxic.
This kind of litter should not be used under any circumstances what so ever.
It may contain dust and molds that will harm your ferret’s health.
The ferrets might even end up eating it which will lead to internal blockages.
How to Train Your Ferret to Use the Litter box
Ferrets are not at all like cats, and they instinctively do not know that they have to do their business in the litter box.
You as a ferret owner has to teach them.
Even after the ferret is litter trained, you need to understand that there will be some accidents.
Keeping ferrets is not difficult, but you do have to be patient.
Choose the Litter
The first thing you need to do is choose a litter for your ferret.
That the litter has to be safe, unscented and the one that does not clump.
Another important thing you have to see is that the litter should be dust free so that it does not affect the sensitive respiratory system of your ferret.
Invest in a High-Quality Litter Box
The next thing is investing in a good quality litter box.
The litter box you need has to be large enough to fit your ferret, as the ferret goes on all fours.
The sides of the litter box should also be lowered so that the ferret can easily get in and get out of the litter box without much fuss.
Place the Litter Box
The next step is to place the litter box in the cage of the ferret.
You need to put the litter box in the exact corner that the ferret does its business every day.
Also, remember to keep the litter box on a different level than the food and water dishes and the bedding as ferrets will never do their business in the same place where they sleep, or they eat.
Put Feces in Litter Box
Proceed with placing urine and stools in the litter box of the ferret.
Your ferret understand the purpose of the litter box, and it will begin to defecate in the litter box soon enough.
The scent of the area will encourage your ferret to go use it.
Train Ferret in the Cage
Remember to always start training your ferret in the cage first.
It is much easier to train a ferret in an enclosed space and it is the easiest way to prevent accidents.
You need to keep your ferret in the cage until it is totally litter trained and does not poop anywhere else in the cage except the litter box.
This does not mean that you should keep your ferret in the cage for 24 hours a day.
You need to let your ferret out of the cage for a little while to let the little creature explore the outside world and get some exercise.
You should let your ferret out of the cage when you can easily supervise.
Whenever your ferret does its business out of the litter box, just scoop up the feces and then place it in the litter box.
This will help your ferret get a better idea of the purpose of the litter box.
The scent will also encourage your ferret to do its business in the litter box.
Ferrets are much more prone to do their business in areas that smell of feces and urine.
Reward your Ferret
Positive reinforcement is very important during the training sessions.
In the start when your ferret used the litter box efficiently, you need to praise them verbally and offer them treats as rewards.
The ferret will soon begin to associate doing its business in the litter box with something positive.
Giving your ferret a treat will always encourage your little buddy to use the litter box as often as it can.
Clean the Litter Box
A very important thing that you need to take care of is that the litter box needs to be clean.
You should clean the litter box at the very least twice a day and then once a week just throw out the used litter, wash down the litter pan or box with warm water and dish soap and then fill it up with fresh new litter.
Ferrets do not do their business in a dirty litter box, a dirty litter box also causes the ferrets to dig and which leads to a huge mess.
You should start by picking up your ferret after it wakes up and then placing it in the litter box.
Ferrets mostly do their business after they wake up. Remember to put your ferret nose first in the litter box so that they can sniff around and understand what they have to do.
You need to keep a close eye on your ferret as they fake pooping to get out and play.
Never let your ferret out of the cage until it has done its business.
After the ferret has finished using the litter box, go ahead and check it for surety.
Place Litter Boxes Everywhere
You should also place litter boxes in each corner of the room that the ferret roams around in.
If they cannot see a litter box in close approximation, they will just eliminate in some corner.
After Training Precautions
Even after the ferret is totally litter trained, there might be some accidents.
When your ferret does its business outside of the litter box, you need to immediately clean that area.
Wipe the entire place down as ferrets tend to do their business in the same place that they have done it before.
So you need to eliminate any signs of feces or urine from that area.
How to Take Care of Ferret Litter Accidents?
Spray apple cider vinegar or lime in the area that the ferret has the accident.
The smell of the lime, as well as the apple cider vinegar, will repulse the ferret.
As mentioned before ferrets do not do their business in the place that they eat, and they sleep.
If you do not want your ferret to do its business in a specific area just place food particles there.
The ferret will never do its business there because of the food.
Secure the Litter Box
Another thing you need to do is just fasten the litter box or the litter pan with the cage.
Ferrets are extremely playful creatures, and they push and play with anything that is not fixed to the ground.
To prevent the litter box from turning into a play toy, just attach it to the cage so that it is impossible to move.
Make sure that the sharp wires of that litter box binder is actually out of the cage so that the ferret does not end up injuring itself.
Never Scold Your Ferret
Scolding a ferret never helps and it makes the situation much worse.
When your ferret does its business outside of the litter box, do not take your anger out on the poor little fellow because that would be counterproductive.
In other words:
You will just scare the ferret and the ferret will become afraid of you.
The bond between you and your ferret will be severely affected.
On the other hand, ferrets have very short attention spans.
So if you scold your ferret for something that it has already done, the ferret will have no idea why it is being screamed at.
Just use positive reinforcement to get your ferret to do what you want.
Importance of Litter Box Maintenance
A clean litter box is very important.
- Poor litter pan maintenance can cause your ferret to get very sick.
- Ferrets hate dirty litter boxes.
- Your ferret will not do its business in a litter box that it thinks is too dirty.
- The little fellow will then begin to do poop and pee all over your house, everywhere but the litter box.
- Ferrets have a strong sense of smell.
- A litter box that might seem fine to you may outright stink your ferret.
How to Clean a Litter Box?
As discussed before, you owe it to your ferret to provide it with a clean litter box.
Cleaning a litter box is not one of the most glamorous jobs out there, but yeah you need to take care of the ones you love.
Fortunately, some tips and tricks might make the process a little easier for you.
Buy a Sturdy Litter Pan
You need a good solid box to begin the litter box cleaning routine.
This will ensure that your ferret can get in and out easily and the litter does not spill out of the litter.
Also, you need a large straight box from which you can easily scoop out the litter.
Most people prefer the covered litter box, as it helps to hide the smell as well as the sight of the ferret’s business.
Many ferrets hate using a covered litter box as they fell trapped.
Some ferrets even have trouble getting into their pooping position in a covered box.
Getting a covered box means that now you have another thing to clean.
It’s best to stick to a litter box that does not have a cover, as the ferret can easily enter the box and they have high sides that keep the litter contained.
Place a Rag under the Litter Box
By placing a cloth or a rag under the litter box, you save yourself a lot of cleaning time.
The rag helps to keep the litter contained even if it spills over from the litter box.
This will also ensure that your ferret does not track the litter all over the house.
Stay away from towels or bathmats, as they train your ferret to do its business on them when it finds nowhere else to go.
Invest in a Good Scooper
I really cannot stress this enough!
A scooper is essential for your cleaning routine.
Do not get a scooper that:
- Breaks under litter weight
- Causes wrist strain
- Rusts over time
- Causes forearm strain
The iPrimio XL Sifter is one of my favorite litter scoopers.
It’s made up of non-stick material which means that you do not have to worry about the wet litter sticking to it.
It has a rather wide front and corners that are very easy to clean.
Plus, it also has an Ergonomic Grip handle which ensures minimal shaking.
Another thing you can do is to just invest in a cleaning kit.
A complete package that comes with a scoop, a dustpan, a caddy, and a broom.
Such as the Fresh Step Litter Scoop 4 in 1.
Step by Step Litter Cleaning Process
When the time comes to clean the litter box, first just scoop out all the solids.
You should clean the litter box till the very end and make sure you leave no traces behind.
Keep your trash can close to the litter box.
You do not want to go across the room, carrying a scoop of litter.
You will be leaving behind much more than you bargained for.
Tip Over and Tap it out
The goal here is to get rid of all the litter in your litter box.
The tip and tap technique will help you set to lose the urine clumped litter.
Just tilt the litter box about 45 degrees and then tap the box a little.
This will ensure that all the litter stuck to the sides of the litter box fall off.
You should repeat this on all sides of the litter pan.
If you want to deep clean the litter box then washing it with dish soap is the best thing to do.
Stay with me here!
But for regular cleaning just use a wipe to remove all the traces of the litter in the pan.
Dust the Rag
Cleaning the rag under the litter box is also very important.
Take the rag to a sanitary spot and then dump it in the trash can.
Dust off any remaining litter from the rag.
You can use wet wipes to remove anything that sticks to the rag.
Use dish soap to wash and scrub the rag.
Add Fresh Litter
Lastly, should add fresh litter to the litter pan.
Smoothly lay the new litter into the litter box.
You can also add a pinch of baking soda to the litter, and it helps with odor control.
What should I feed my ferret?
Ferrets are obligate carnivores which means that their diet is dominated by meat. You need to provide your ferret with a high-quality diet that is rich in protein that is derived from meat sources. You can feed your ferret’s cat or kitten kibbles, but you need to first check the ingredient list to see whether all the ingredients are safe for ferrets.
How do I get rid of ferret fleas?
The first thing you need to do is take out the bedding from the cage and wash it. Then clean all of the cages thoroughly, take the carrier infested with the fleas, throw it in a warm bath, wash the ferret with a safe ferret-friendly shampoo, and remember to protect yourself from getting scratched.