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Offline madisongrace99

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Marking his territoty?
« on: July 06, 2013, 01:03:17 PM »
I have had my male ferret, Hurley for a few weeks now. He is about a year old. He is really friendly and i love having him out of his cage and letting him run around. Lately its been harder for me to want to let him out though...  Even though i make sure he uses his litter box before he comes out, he still runs into the same corner of my room and peeing there. Yesterday, I caught him before he did it and moved his litter box there and set him in it. But no. He got out and peed right in front of it. i told him "no", tapped him on the nose, and he went back into his cage.
Can someone please help me in seeing why he is doing this all the time and what i can do to stop it?

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Re: Marking his territoty?
« Reply #1 on: July 06, 2013, 01:24:56 PM »
I really don't think he's marking his territory if he's going in the same spot every time and if he's neutered (I assume?). Ferrets can just be really stubborn sometimes. I have a female who instead of going in the litterbox like my other ferret does, she moves it up and poops behind it.

The trick is to catch them in the act, right before they do it. Know the signs: lifting their tail, wiggling back into a corner. Pick them up (hopefully before their just about to it so you don't get crap all over you) and place them where you want them to go. As with all animals, you've got to be pateint and consitent. Once your ferret gets the hang of going in the litterbox, maybe give him a treat to let him know that is the right thing to do.

P.S. Don't expect your ferret to go back in the cage to do his business. Make sure you have a litterbox in all the rooms he usually soils in whenever he's out so he doesn't have to go too far in search of one (and believe me, they won't)
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Re: Marking his territoty?
« Reply #2 on: July 07, 2013, 04:43:27 PM »
Ferrets mark territory with their poops. It's just a weird weasel thing.

Keep up with making sure he's going before you let him out of the cage. Keep an extra litter box back where he's going and encourage him with treats. Ferrets aren't particularly good at being 100% litter box trained unfortunately.

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Re: Marking his territoty?
« Reply #3 on: July 07, 2013, 11:37:43 PM »
Get a sheet of plastic and place it in that corner. Place his litter tray on top, two sides to the wall and two bricks on the other two (so he can't move it). Anytime you see him going, put him in the tray so he knows, when he wakes up, put him straight there so he knows. When he goes, give him a treat and tell him good boy. My ferrets use their litter tray 100%, even out of cage.     
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