What to do when your ferret poops on the floor? This is a question that many ferret owners ask themselves at one point or another. It can be frustrating, but never fear! There are ways to prevent this from happening and also how to clean up after it does happen.
This article will explain why some ferrets poop on the floor in the first place and what you can do about it.
Why does your Ferret Poop on the Floor?
This section will discuss some of the possible reasons why your ferret might be pooping onto the floor. If you have found poop outside its litter box and didn’t know what caused it – take a look at these potential causes below!
No Litterbox Training Yet
Have you trained your ferret to use its litter box yet? Ferrets are naturally clean animals, so if you have just gotten a new ferret and it is pooping on the floor – this may be because they don’t know where to go.
Some people believe that putting down newspaper or other paper in your room will help guide them back towards their designated area for doing their business.
How to train your ferret to use the litterbox:
To effectivly train your ferret to use the litterbox , you will need to wait until your ferret is at least one months old. Ferrets under two or three weeks of age can’t be trained, so if this applies – just keep an eye on their litterbox area for the poop they have left behind!
“It’s not always an easy task, but yes, it is very possible [to litter box train a ferret],” says Serena Fiorella, LVT, owner of Treat Worthy Pet Creations, LLC. “Usually ferrets like to relieve themselves in corners, and they don’t usually go where they eat or sleep. So, theoretically, a litter box in their favorite corner of the cage should work.”
Once it’s around a month in-age (four) start the training. Start training the as soon as possible – older ferrets will have a harder time learning.
Maybe Your Ferret is Sick?
If your ferret usually uses its litterbox – but now all of a sudden starts pooping on the floor – this could be a sign of illness.
If your ferret is vomiting, has diarrhea, or constipation – the poop on the floor could be a symptom of these issues as well! If you suspect illness, please contact your vet right away!
If you have switched your ferret’s diet recently – or changed their food type at all and now they are pooping outside of its litterbox; then it is possible that one (or more) particular foods don’t agree with them.
Changing back to a previous kind should help solve these issues fast…
Where to Place the Litterbox?
Where should you place your ferret’s litterbox? Place the box in a corner of your ferrets cage, preferably not near their food and bedding.
You provide them with enough space for them to go potty without peeing on everything else inside it’s pen or crate – Ferrers can be very particular about how they like there bathroom area set up.
The litterbox should be a couple of inches off the floor so that your ferret doesn’t have to go through too much trouble jumping into it.
The most common cause for house soiling is that yor ferret simply does not want to use the litterbox.
Often, this is due to the litter box not being cleaned or changed often enough. Many ferrets also don’t like using a dirty tray and will go wherever they can find an available surface instead if it’s clean!
Our tip for you would be: make sure that your ferret’s litterbox is cleaned regularly. Your furry friend will be more likely to choose the tray if it is clean.
Maintaining a regular litter box routine will help you avoid these problems and keep your home free from ferret poop!
How to clean up Ferret Poop from your Carpet
There are many ways to clean up ferret poop from your carpet. The most common methods usually involve using a vacuum, paper towels, or other absorbent material and detergent with water to get rid of more stubborn stains that may have been left behind by this little creature’s efforts on leaving his mark!
- Dont let the stain sit or it will become difficult to remove.
- Scrape off any excess poop from the carpet fibers.
- Use a brush, vacuum cleaner with attachments for hard-to clean upholstery and carpets.
- Spray cleaning solution directly onto the soiled area and scrub with a brush.
- Rinse thoroughly, then blot up any remaining water spots on your carpet to remove them completely
Remember that detergents are not always color safe or smell good for carpets-a low sudsing option is recommended!!
- When the stains are gone – spray clear, cold water on the spot – Blot it up with a new cloth.
- Now sprinkle some baking soda on the spot. Let it sit for 10 minutes, then vacuum up in order to remove any odors or stains that could have been left behind by today’s little culprit!
Here we go. Your carpet should be clean and fresh again!
I hope you found this article helpful; This is just one of many FAQs that I want to cover in this series; please give me feedback on what you would like for the next post. 🙂