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Old 06-10-2011, 12:39 AM   #1 (permalink)
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well, although i love the idea of using fleece's really just not working for me. spunk will not take to litter training, not one bit. even though she wasn't trained, i figured the liners would still be okay, but i can't take the smell anymore. i used pine pellets before, and the smell wasn't bad at all. so, i'm going to switch back to something other than the AMAZING liners. i guess what i'm trying to get feedback on is...what should i go to? i know some people use the pellets and some use the fluffy stuff. what do you suggest?
yes, i know liners are the best. i wish i could use them, but i can't. pleaseeeee help!
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Old 06-10-2011, 01:18 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Nyx still hasn't taken to the liners.. I've had her for 4 days and she won't go in the litter box but I noticed once I got her a big wheel (12in) in her cage.. she does all her pooing in there so I just put a little towel under her wheel and do clean up twice a day on her wheel.. I got her with wood chips but they get everywhere and get stuck in her quills.. I hope you find something.. I know how it can get frustrating..

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Old 06-10-2011, 01:55 AM   #3 (permalink)
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How often did you change the liners?

A lot of people use Yesterdays News for litter.
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Old 06-10-2011, 03:00 AM   #4 (permalink)
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do you have a liter pan in there along with the liners?
if you notice her going in one spot more frequently, or having a favorite spot, sometimes putting the liter there can help them to not dirty the liners.
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Old 06-10-2011, 11:07 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Liam didn't really take to litter training either - he hated walking in the yesterday's news pellets I bought. I ended up just putting two paper towels under his wheel, so most of his poop just falls onto those while he's wheeling. In the morning, I change the paper towels, pick up any stray poops, and wipe the wheel down. I change the liner about once a week. Maybe your guy just doesn't like the type of litter?

The smell might also have to do with ventilation. What kind of cage are you using?

Anyways, just some thoughts. If you do change back to shavings or carefresh, don't worry about it. You have to make the decision that's best for you and your hedgie.
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Old 06-10-2011, 11:32 AM   #6 (permalink)
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I've always used liners for all the hedgies except moms and babies. The majority have not been litter trained. It depends on the individual hedgehog how often liners need to be changed. Some need it nightly, others can go a week with just picking off the poops daily.

Often it is the wheel that is making the smell so cleaning the wheel each morning will help. For some hedgies, the urine is stronger smelling than the poop in which case, yes they do need to be cleaned daily.

If you are changing liners daily and are still finding the smell that bad, consider it may be from the food she is eating and a food change may help. If not, a vet visit is in order because really rank smelling poop often indicates an infection.

Edited to add: How humid is it where you live? High humidity makes the smell worse.
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