Ferrets and litter boxes
Believe it or not ferrets can actually be trained to use a litter box. This is possible because they like to use the bathroom in the same place every time. For this you can use a small cat litter pan or a small plastic dishpan. The best type of litters are those made out of recycled newspaper in the form of pellets since they are dust free, nontoxic, environmentally friendly and very absorbent. Never use cedar shavings or other aromatic softwoods because they can cause breathing problems to both the ferret and allergic people. It's also not recommended to use clay litter because this can get caught inside the ferrets nose and if the ferret drags its behind on the litter it can clump inside its rectum. The ideal place to place the litter box is in a corner of the cage away from it's sleeping area. Make sure to scoop the litter everyday to avoid odor problems and change it completely every time you clean the cage.
Cleaning your ferret's cage and bedding: Keeping your ferret's cage and bedding clean is very important, as this will reduce allergens and odors. The ideal is to clean the cage off everyday with a damp cloth or special cage wipe (you can find these in pets stores). Avoid dusting it's cage dry because it will only cause the dust to blow up into the air and cause allergies. Changing the bedding frequently is also a good idea because it will help to avoid the dank oils from accumulating.
Try to have someone in that is not allergic in the family clean out the ferret's cage once a week (otherwise you will need to use gloves and a protective mask). In spring and summer the cleaning of the cage should be done two times a week. Wash the cage in hot soapy water and rinse thoroughly and dry. Make sure the cage is completely dry before putting in the fresh nesting material in it. The cage should also be cleaned more thoroughly once a month with bleach so as to disinfect it completely. Make sure to rinse it off really well afterwards. Don't use other strong household cleaning disinfectants on the cage though because it can be toxic and kill the ferret. Most importantly make sure to always wash your hands well after handling the ferret.
and water for ferrets: The best types of feeding dishes for ferrets are earthenware ones that cannot be tipped over. Make sure to place the feeding dish far away from the litter box. Water can be given through a bottle with a stainless steel sipping tube that attaches to the side of the cage. Both the water and feeding dish should be washed out well every day.
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