"FerretDad" wrote in message news:4F899C3A.D83352CE@ferret.org...
> Bill Leary wrote:
>> I moved my office from the front of my house to the back. The three
>> got the old office. About five by ten feet. They've been in ferret
>> I put their cage in there, a multi-level cat lounge, and a couple of
>> They've been climbing and jumping and running about like they're all kits
> I can just imagine! Ferret heaven for them. I let mine out when I get
> home. I used to leave them out for the whole nights and weekends as
> they were litter trained. Lately though they don't "go" were they are
> supposed to if I leave them out long time. I can't have that here.
> So now, I come home and feed them lightly (just a snack), then I'll let
> them out to play for about an hour. During this time, they WILL use the
> litter papers. After an hour, they tire and will sleep in their secret
> places. If I let them do that, they will pee/poop in the wrong places
> later. So I put them back in cage after an hour. I'll let them out again
> later for the same hour.
> I wish ferrets were like cats....you could leave them out all the time
> no bathroom issues. They love to be out but I just can't have accidents
> a daily basis.
Some years ago I gave up trying to litter train them. In the cage, they
pick their own spots and trying to put in litter boxes never much helped.
When I did, they usually slept in the litter boxes and messed on the other
side of the cage. Switch the box side to side and so did they. So I
switched to absorbent bedding and just let them pick their spots and clean
up as necessary. When I used to let them out to play, I just cleaned up
after them. Now that they have their own room, I just clean up from time to
time. Linoleum is very handy in this effort.