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Old 07-04-2017, 03:33 AM   #1
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Ever since I got my Syrian hamster back in september last year I have always given her sand and she has always used it for the toilet but the past two weeks she has been doing the toilet anywhere she isn't even picking a corner or certain spot. I have tried putting some of the soiled bedding in the sand so that she would use it as a toilet again and it didn't work. Any ideas as to why she's doing this or how i can get her to use the sand again? TIA
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Old 07-04-2017, 06:55 AM   #2
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Hamsters are unpredictable sometimes, I truly hope your able to get him back to peeing in the sand.

Are you using Chinchilla sand? That would make a world of difference

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Old 07-04-2017, 07:21 AM   #3
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Sometimes hamsters simply decide that they no longer wish to use their toilets. This has happened with all my hams, especially after I've done a cleaning, and suddenly they decide to use a new corner. I'd just keep moving the soiled bedding into the sand pit. You could also try getting a litter pan and filling it with a different type of litter to see if that makes any difference
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Old 07-04-2017, 07:22 AM   #4
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Default Re: Not using sand anymore

My Pumpkin has also gone through a similar phase of deciding not to use her sand bath as her toilet instead she decided to pee in her house. I also don't know why she stopped using her sand bath, even though like your hamster she had also always used her sand bath ever since I got her September too.
I too tried moving soiled bedding to her sand bath to get her to use it again but that didn't work instead she had recently decided to go back to using her sand bath by herself. So your hamster may also decide by herself to start using her sand bath again.
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Old 07-04-2017, 08:21 AM   #5
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One of my hamsters doesnt like to pee in his sand but loves it for sand baths.
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