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No matter how hard I try, I cant seem to teach my boy how to use a litter box! I’ve tried for months and he always seems like he‘s starting to get it, than he go’s and poops on his little platform than I keep his food on! I’ve tried putting his wheel in the litter pan and putting him into his box after he eats until he does his business. I’m moving him into a new cage soon and I would like to put fabric on the floor but I don’t want to be replacing the liner every day. Are there anymore tips that I could use to get my boy to use his litter box?
 

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Similar to dogs and cats, not all of them learn to do this. I have one hedgie that rarely goes anywhere besides his wheel/litter pan, has never pottied on me, he is just so clean! I have another that walks and drops. Its so annoying. Even when holding him. Same house setup, moving the little poops to the area I want him to go in, and sure enough sometimes he will even go right next to his food dish as well. He even goes in his bed. He's just a pooper.

Not that it can't be done, but try to stay open to the possibility that this one might not ever get it.
 

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Im not sure you can actually train them, I thought I trained/encouraged mine to go in one spot but after seeing what others have posted with their hedgies I think I was just lucky. What I did is when he got home I put folded papertowels down where I wanted him to go and when he pooped I picked it up and put it on the papertowel. I lucked out and he started going on this everynight after this so all I have to do is take the papertowel out to replace. If your guy doesn't want to go in one spot you can still use liners because all you'd have to do is pick up the poops and spot clean it in between. I find liners so nice and very easy to care for, I made up extras and this helps too because I have double and triple of things so Im never having to wait before my guy can go back in and can change all the fabric out in one go:) One thing I do find that helps out a ton with food crumbs is I have made mats out of the same fleece as the liners that I lay down under the dishes then every morning when I wash the dishes all I have to do is grab the mat and dust it off over the trash and replace. Its been working great for me :) Hope this helps :)
 

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thanks. i kinda guessed that he wouldnt learn how to use the box. Its just not in him. thanks for all the help
 

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I attempted to litter train my hedgie with no luck. He would rip up the liners and stuff them into his tubes. But after he was done quilling he started only going in one corner of the cage. He now uses his "litter box" as a huge bed/play area with large strips of fleece. I made thick fleece liners so I just vacuum up poop then throw them in the wash every couple days.
 
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