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Old 10-01-2013, 11:47 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Question "Potty training" without cat liter?

I have two connecting cages and my Quilliam really only poops in the one with his wheel. I have to change the liner in the wheel room about every day (sometimes more or less) but the other cage I could probably go once a week since he sleeps in that side and rarely to never poops or pees in there.

He usually poops ON the wheel, but he does this thing where he runs for 10 minutes, then gets off and explores around his wheel, back on wheel, gets off and explores on and off throughout the night so poop also gets all over the rest of the cage.

Is there a way to "potty train" him to go in only one section of his cage without using cat liter? I doubt he will ever stop pooping on his wheel though as he seems to enjoy it lol!
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Old 10-01-2013, 11:55 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Yeah, pooping on the wheel is a pretty common thing for hedgies, and most will do it no matter what. Some people have found that they actually have to help a sick hog run on the wheel in order to get them to poop until they get used to not being able to do it that way!

Usually the easiest thing to do is put a litter box underneath the wheel - set the whole wheel into the box. That way any "run-off" from the wheel will go in the box, and it can serve as a place for their feet to wipe off a bit before they start walking on the liner. I made one myself out of coroplast and have seen one or two other people do that too. Other people use metal baking trays, various plastic trays, etc. I would make sure sides are no taller than 1", maybe only 1/2". Most people use either paper towels or Yesterday's News (pelleted paper litter) for the litter. Some people just make little litterbox liners out of fabric, others use Carefresh...the main thing is no clay cat litter, sand, etc.
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its not exactly potty training but i got my hedgies to poop in just one area of the bin. i just observed where my hedgie always sleeps/rests. then everytime it's feeding time i just place the food bowl on the opposite direction where it sleeps. after a few days i noticed that it now only poops on that opposite direction where the food bowl is nearby. all i have to do then is pick the poop up with toilet paper which definitely saves weekly time and effort for me to do a complete bedding change. try it, might work on you
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Old 10-02-2013, 07:36 AM   #4 (permalink)
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its not exactly potty training but i got my hedgies to poop in just one area of the bin. i just observed where my hedgie always sleeps/rests. then everytime it's feeding time i just place the food bowl on the opposite direction where it sleeps. after a few days i noticed that it now only poops on that opposite direction where the food bowl is nearby. all i have to do then is pick the poop up with toilet paper which definitely saves weekly time and effort for me to do a complete bedding change. try it, might work on you


lol, mine only seems to go when she's on her wheel, but then she seems to like to bury herself in the bedding under the wheel....
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Dexter is a hog who poos/pees all over his wheel on wheel nights. Besides that, I was able to train him to poo/pee in a little loo and he has been doing that ever since. He has a "long john" loo which are made for ferrets, rabbits, and other "long-bodied" animals as a lot of those "corner" loos are not long enough for a hedgehog to turn around in. Only thing is is that those loos are quite large if you're using a sterilite bin or something it would take up a large percentage of the cage... hence why Dexter has a C&C cage...
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Old 11-10-2013, 05:48 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Luckily...Wonton learned to use her litter box. She occasionally has poop on the wheel too, but I think it's more of her remnants from her little session in the litter. What you can do is let Quilliam do his business in the tub first before he starts to run around,so it lessens the chance of him making a huge mess in his cage! Works pretty well with Wonton. If she has anymore poop, she goes to the litter box. Haha.
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