Litter Boxes for Pet Ferrets

What kind of litter boxes should we use in our fuzzies’ cages? Here are a few suggestions –Ferret Litter Pan some things I’ve learned from (sometimes not-so-pleasant) experience.

When nature calls and our little fuzzies have to run to the bathroom, they run to a corner. Then they turn around and back up to the corner where the walls meet and do their business. So my advice is to get a ferret litter box with a fairly high back. Or you will find “surprises” on the floor in the bottom of the cage.

The litter boxes I have for Rikki and Possum are triangle shaped so they will fit nicely into a corner where my fuzzy babies like to do their business. These litter boxes also have high backs (two sides of the triangle) with a much lower front side to allow easy access. They work very nicely in the corner of the cage.

I would also advise getting locking litter pans. If your pet store is out of locking kind or doesn’t carry them, then I would highly recommend that you tie the litter pans down in some way. You can use C-clamps, twist ties, or small bungee cords. Just make sure they are secured in the cage, usually to the bars of the cage wall.

You can also purchase suitable ferret litter boxes from Amazon or form the Marshall site. And you can order them from Doctors Foster and Smith.

I have three litter boxes in Rikki’s and Possum’s cage. They are not the locking kind, so I tieFerret in Litter Box them down with twist ties.

If you don’t use locking litter boxes or if you don’t secure your non-locking litter pans, you will soon find them turned upside down. And you will also find litter and unwanted surprises all over the bottom of the cage.

I have learned through experience to make sure Rikki’s and Possum’s litter boxes are securely tied down. That way, we are all happy.

You can find out how to litter train your ferrets in Getting Started with Pet Ferrets.

Getting Started With Pet Ferrets – Ferret Cages, Litter Pans, and Ferret Beds

Today, I thought I would pass along a few of my experiences with and some of what I’ve learned about providing a happy home for pet ferrets – because we all want the best for our fuzzy family members.

Ferret Cages

The very first thing you need to do is purchase a ferret cage. I really do think this should beFerret on bathtub done before you think about getting your ferret(s). And I strongly advise that you do a lot of research on the various kinds of ferret cages before making a decision. I wish I had!

I bought my first cage when I had only one ferret, my albino ferret Rikki. It was a pretty decent cage for one ferret in the beginning, but there are several things I don’t like about it.

The worst of the drawbacks is that there is no easy access for cleaning the bottom of the cage. To really clean it thoroughly, I have to take the cage apart, and then it’s a real pain in the rear to put it back together again. So, make sure the ferret cage you choose is easy to clean . . . because you will have to clean it often.

Another issue with this cage concerns the accessories. It has ramps – it’s a two-story cage – and a spiral slide that come off all the time. They are made of plastic, and so the fasteners break off easily – especially if you have a fat ferret like Possum.

This cage was great for one ferret, and it can accommodate two. So it could be a good choice for a first-time ferret owner who doesn’t want to spend a lot of money right off the bat. Still, I would advise that you do some research and shop around before deciding on a cage. It is, after all, your ferrets’ home when they aren’t running around the house. I just wish someone would have given me a little more and a little better advice before I boughtQuality Ferret Cage this particular cage.

Because I’m not really happy with this cage, I’ve been shopping for a larger and better-quality ferret cage. Right now I’m leaning toward the Ferret Nation Cage, but I still haven’t made up my mind yet. When I do, I’ll let you know. And if anyone has any tips or advice about ferret cages, I would love to hear it.

Litter Pans

Since these are must-have items, I strongly advise getting the lock-on ferret litter boxes (and lock-on food and water dishes too). Ferrets get bored very quickly and, as a result, are very mischievous. Trouble is no one told me that in the beginning. You wouldn’t believe how many ferret messes I had to clean up before I got wise.

Currently, I don’t have lock-on litter boxes, so I have to secure Rikki’s and Possum’s boxes with twist ties. When I clean their cage and litter pans, I have to make sure I re-fasten the twist ties when I’m finished. But I have forgotten to do this several times. On these occasions, since I don’t already have enough to do, and with ferrets being the ADHD-afflicted creatures they are, Rikki and Possum tip over their litter boxes and scatter the litter everywhere – just so I can come back in a couple of hours and clean their cage all over again.

Of course, I really think it’s a conspiracy to get out of their cage again. Do not underestimate the cunning of ferrets!

Ferret Beds

I have two ferret beds for my lovable woozles. (That way, they have a clean one while I wash the other one.) They are a pirate-ship bed, which they absolutely love and look adorable poking their little heads out of, and a homemade hanging house. They would rather share a bed than sleep separately.

Ferrets love dark places when they sleep. So be sure to keep that in mind when shopping for ferret beds. But ferrets do like to sprawl in ferret hammocks at times – usually with their heads hanging off in a terribly uncomfortable-looking way. But that’s just the way carpet sharks are.

Your ferret’s cage and litter pans and bed are, without a doubt, important considerations when you’re getting started with pet ferrets. But don’t forget that they need lots of time outside the cage to run and play. And they need a safe, ferret-proof environment to do it in.