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Old 08-25-2011, 05:00 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Is litter training hard if you have a huge cage?

So I know that not all hedgehogs can be litter trained and they usually go on their wheel. But if they have a lot of space (16 square feet) would it be hard for the hedgehog to learn where the bathroom is? Should I have multiple litter boxes or would that be more confusing?

Is cotton ok for liners? They'll be sewn so there won't be any loose threads. Would it be easier to pick the poop off? Or is flannel (or fleece) still the best option?
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You can try a litter area and a litter tray or something under the wheel as well and deal with what doesn't make it some learn and some don't
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Default Re: Is litter training hard if you have a huge cage?

I put mine under my hedgie's wheel. Her cage is 12 square feet, a little bigger because the links i used were 13 x 13. I tried putting two platters in, one under wheel, and one to the side, and she has still up to this day ignored the second platter. So i just leave the one under her wheel. She likes to stick her head under the wheel while she poops, not sure why but hey, aslong as she is trained . And as long as your hedgie can find it's wheel, which usually is not hard, and your litter is underneath, you will be fine. She will even recognize smell of the platter even if you take it out for play days without the wheel and go in. Trust me, litter training is WELL worth it.
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Old 08-29-2011, 12:11 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Default Re: Is litter training hard if you have a huge cage?

I'm not sure if you'd say that my Tonya is litter trained, but she only goes in the "gym". The whole rest of the cage is spotless, and the wheel room is the only place I need to put shavings. Sometimes she goes off the wheel and other times on - whatever her mood is at the time. While the cage is not huge (14"X42" for the main floor, a 14"X14" mezzanine and a 14"X14" semi-walled module for the gym), she has a different purpose for every room. For example... The mezz is for her after breakfast nap. Any other time, it's just part of the corridor to and from the gym.

It's been said that hedgies are good at "compartmentalizing" their lairs and such. I honestly believe that this only works if there's adequate space. As good as Tonya is now, when she lived in the plastic tub she went everywhere, including her food and water dishes! This behavior didn't change, even after I cleaned and disinfected her tub, put in fresh shavings and got her new stainless steel food and water dishes to replace the plastic ones (which I modified to use as a holder for the new bowls). Once I introduced her to her new home, the behavior changed immediately. Kinda like... "Hey, this is where I go potty!"

In a nutshell... While I can't guarantee that your hedgie will only go in a litter pan and never on the wheel, I'm pretty confident that if you give him/her a designated place to go, that will be "the place to go".
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