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Old 12-10-2016, 11:31 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Hedgehog sleeping in Litter Box and using the bathroom outside of it

Hi Hedgie owners! So i have had my Popcorn for just about over a month now and he is really great and i love him...

Right away when I got him, I started litter training him. He is still fairly young but he was learning really quickly! The litter I had been using was this clay ball litter and my ignorant self didn't think this would be a problem until I found one of the clay balls inside his penis!!! So i quickly changed his litter option(after i very carefully removed said ball from his private obviously)

I did research and found that "Yesterdays News" cat litter was a good choice. So I have been using the for almost a week now. I expected there to be a transition period and went about "training" him the same way again but what he stared doing, I never saw coming...

So first he has started to "eat" his litter... now I have watched him do it. He doesn't ACTUALLY eat it, but puts it in his mouth, chomps on it a bit and then drops it.. I interpreted this as he is just checking it out... but then he started to sleep in his litter tray...When it is in his cage, he will sleep in his normal house but when i take him out of his cage and offer the litter box to him for use, he will sit in it and fall asleep.

I wouldn't have an issue with this if it wasn't that he will LEAVE his litter box to go to the bathroom elsewhere like on my bed!!! (unenthused)

I try and pick him up and put him into the litter box when i catch him in the middle of it and like before, put what I can in the litter box for the smell but he is still going elsewhere (NOTE: this is only outside of his cage, he is fine when inside the cage)

Is this normal? Has anyone experienced something similar?

Thanks guys!!
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