Why did my Ferret just start pooping in the middle of the living room? I have him trained to go in the litter ?

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Question by Josh R: Why did my Ferret just start pooping in the middle of the living room? I have him trained to go in the litter ?
box in his cage and, with the exception of the occasional accident, thats where he goes. But today he just started pooping in the middle of the living room when he smells this certain part of the rug, and it almost looks like he can’t control it. He’d done it three times today and I know it’s weird since Ferrets usually only poop in corners. Any ideas?

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Answer by Shelby F
he more likely smelt a scent from another animal and after he pooped once he smelt his scent and kept pooping there its like a male dog marking there territory by peeing on EVERYTHING that has a scent!

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3 Responses to Why did my Ferret just start pooping in the middle of the living room? I have him trained to go in the litter ?

  1. Animal Care Author

    There are a few reasons … he may just have gotten exited or he may have smelled a scent in which he felt threatened or felt the need to be territorial. If if was watery or loose, he may be sick and didn’t make it to his litter box. If it’s directly after smelling an area, it’s probably one of the first two reasons. Try spraying that area with bitter apple (you can get from most pet stores.) Hope this helps.

  2. joniboni

    My ferrets are all potty trained also and they are free roam in my home so I have seen this behavior also. One of the biggest factors in my group is with my Adrenal ferrets. They seem to have an urgent need to poop and it comes about very quickly so they just stop and poop in the middle of anywhere. It could be a medial issue and I always suggest a vet visit with a change in behavior.

    I also know that my kids den in different areas of the house and change the location of their dens frequently which means their regular box locations might also need to move over a inch or a foot. My ferrets are not really courteous about getting to a box so I work under the rule of box where they poop and I am more successful.

    I don’t know why they do this but it when it happens, I clean it up immediately and use a really good vinegar based soak to get the smell out. Sometimes they just do it to make a new toilet area and you need to pick him up and place him in his box. If you really want to stump him, put a box in the spot.

  3. Icecream

    Get rid of the smell in that place where he pooped with Nature’s Miracle, or put something over it so he can’t poo there.

    Here are some things that might help to potty train your fuzzy:
    *Put at least one small litter box in every room. They don’t like to walk far to go to the bathroom.
    *When he has an accident, gently reprimand him and/or pick him up by the scruff of his neck (do not hurt him or yell at him!). Then show him to the closest litter box.
    *Give him a treat when he poopies in the right spot (remember too many treats are bad for them).
    *Give him a time out in a carrier for 5 minutes after he has an accident (but no longer than 5 minutes).
    *Clean out litter boxes often.
    *Try another kind of ferret-safe litter.

    Hope this helps. Good luck with potty training him.