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Old 06-05-2017, 11:51 AM   #1
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Default Yogi peeing in three corners

Hi have had yogi just over a week, hes a 12 week old syrian. He was using one corner to pee in, but noticed today he has peed in three corners. Just wondering why he would do that. He is very friendly and confidant and really laid back.
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Old 06-05-2017, 11:58 AM   #2
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Did you clean the pee corner he originally used. Sometimes my previous Syrian would change corner if I cleaned the chosen corner too much.

She would also change if I left it dirty to long. I learns how long I needed to leave between cleaning so she didn't change it.

Maybe having a toy or something near the corners and leaving one corner more empty to encourage that are to be the pee corner. With or without a potty.
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Old 06-05-2017, 01:10 PM   #3
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I just cleaned it for the first time on friday as we have only had him a week.
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Ok. Did you just remove most of the wet substrate? Or use some type of cleaning liquid. You don't want to remove the pee smell completely.
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Old 06-05-2017, 02:58 PM   #5
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Default Re: Yogi peeing in three corners

I'd also like to note that 12 weeks is quite young, and I've noticed in my young hamsters that they often lack in toilet manners- especially males. Over time they seem to get much better with choosing a particular corner to go in
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Old 06-05-2017, 09:03 PM   #6
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Default Re: Yogi peeing in three corners

Master Harvey had 2 toilet areas when I first got him but it didn't last long till he used one.
They do like to mark their cage and make it theirs.
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Old 06-06-2017, 12:37 AM   #7
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Default Re: Yogi peeing in three corners

It was probably the clean out that did it. He was maybe a bit confused as to where his toilet corner was if everything smelled clean, so scent marked three

It isn't really necessary to clean them out every week and it does tend to make them pee on everything to scent mark it if all their scent is completely removed.

If you have deeper substrate, you can just spot clean the whiffy areas and only need to do a big clean out every 6 to 8 weeks or even longer. Also it gives them more to dig and burrow in. You just take out a handful of the whiffy substrate and replace it with a handful of new and mix it in so it still smells familiar. A litter tray really helps as well. I used to use a corner a litter tray with chinchilla bathing sand in - if you put a little bit of their pee'd in substrate on top, they tend to use it. Then you empty the litter tray and clean it out every 5 days or so (it might go 7 days) and replace the sand - the rest of the cage should stay clean mainly - unless your hamster pees on everything!

Also when doing clean outs its a good idea not to clean everything at the same time. So if you change the substrate, then do the wheel a different week and the toys a different week again, that way something always smells familiar and they don't panic and pee on everything in sight.

Even when I change the substrate, I don't change all of it - I remove the top half, keep the bottom half (if it's deep enough the bottom half is usually dry - or keep the dry half anyway), wipe the cage base with a warm damp cloth and dry it, replace the clean half, add new substrate, and mix it in - so it still smells a bit familiar and they accept the clean out better

As for which corner to put a litter tray in now - I would just put it in one of the corners he is using. He should start using it if he's using three corners and will probably come back to it as the main one. If not, then wait a bit to see if he settles on one corner then move it there Our last hammy used to let me know if it was getting whiffy and needed changing and would neatly put substrate on top of the sand lol.

This one works quite well

https://www.amazon.co.uk/d/Houses-Ha...Hamstery+potty

Not sure how much substrate you have now, but if you fill the cage base to within 1cm from the top and have it a little bit deeper in the centre, they tend to like digging in it and moving it around and building mountains. It might use up a lot of substrate initially, but overall you use less as you can spot clean most of the time and do clean outs less often.

This is the Chinchilla bathing sand. It's safer than potty litter and soaks up the pee well. One of those lasts me a good few weeks.

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Supreme-Pet...hinchilla+sand
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