If you have adopted a ferret or if you are planning to do so, be aware that you will have to take care of your little companion’s well-being. If it is necessary to ensure a pleasant living environment, an adapted diet and a comfortable sleeping space, it is also imperative to offer him an adequate bedding for his needs. Here are our tips for choosing the right bedding for your ferret.
How to choose the right litter box for your ferret?
Before you start thinking about the right model of litter box, you will need to buy an adapted litter box. The ferret is a clean animal and appreciates cleanliness. They don’t like to relieve themselves near their eating and sleeping areas, but they may not yet know where to concentrate them. So don’t hesitate to teach your ferret to relieve itself in an adapted ferret box from the very first moment it comes into your home. You can also increase the number of litter boxes if your ferret occasionally goes for a walk around the house to reduce the risk of accidents.
Invest in a ferret friendly litter box, i.e. one with two or three high edges and one low edge. The low edge will make it easier for the ferret to enter the litter box and the high edges will make it easier for the ferret to relieve itself.
Now that you have chosen your ferret box, all you have to do is fill it with suitable litter. Be aware that you will need to clean it regularly. Ferret urine gives off a strong ammonia odour that is unpleasant to smell and is harmful to your pet’s health. By cleaning your ferret’s litter every day, you will ensure its well-being and reduce your expenses for veterinary care.
Which litter to choose for your ferret?
There is a wide range of ferret litter, but not all are the same. Here are the most adapted to the needs of your little companion.
Cellulose litter: although expensive, cellulose litter is biodegradable, comfortable, non-dusting and very absorbent. It is a good solution for your pet and for you, because it is easy to maintain.
Hemp litter: non-toxic and non-dusting, it absorbs very well the urine and bad odours of your ferret’s needs. Its only disadvantage is its relatively high price. Note however that it can be allergenic.
Cotton litter: Absorbent, cotton litter is very soft and comfortable. On the other hand, it is not easy to clean and needs to be replaced often.
Linen litter: This soft litter does not release dust and is not toxic. It absorbs unpleasant odours, but is very expensive.
Corn litter: this natural litter is neither toxic nor allergenic. Corn is widely used for ferret bedding because it is very absorbent. However, the grains often line the area around the litter and the price can be a hindrance.
Vegetable litter: Non-toxic, vegetable litter is biodegradable and effectively retains odours. While it can be expensive, it is comfortable for your ferret to use and comfortable for you to clean. Nevertheless, you will have to renew it regularly and it is a bit dusty.
What litter to avoid for your ferret?
You can see that there is a wide choice of ferret friendly litter. However, here are some that you should avoid buying.
Wooden litter: Avoid wood shavings at all costs. If they are widespread and inexpensive, they are harmful to your ferret’s health. Wood shavings produce dust that is dangerous for the respiratory tract and toxic molecules when they come into contact with urine. You must absolutely avoid them!
Straw litter: straw litter is primarily suitable for rabbits and some rodents, but not for ferrets. It is too dusty, does not absorb odours or urine and its strands can be sharp and unpleasant for the ferret’s paws.
Scented litter: If you think you’re doing the right thing by choosing a scented litter, forget about it and go for a natural model. These products contain chemical and toxic components.