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Old 04-01-2018, 09:13 AM   #1
cookietiger
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Question Toilet help?

At first this was just a weird little quirk now Tofus really annoying me.
Tofu does not go to the toilet in one spot. Instead she pees anywhere. I think she just goes wherever she is in the moment she realises she needs to wee.
She has a sand bath but she uses that for bathing not as a toilet.
It's really annoying because it means I can't spot clean. Is there any way to train her to pee in one spot?
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Old 04-01-2018, 09:26 AM   #2
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Default Re: Toilet help?

I'm guessing Tofu is a relatively young girl? Usually younger hamsters just wee as and when it happens. It's not uncommon for them to do it in their house during the early days. At least this used to be the case with my girl. I have two separate sand baths for her, since dwarf hamsters love bathing in sand. The other one, which she uses as a toilet is placed in a corner of the cage. I'm not entirely sure if two are needed, but my girl clearly prefers it.
The best way to toilet train a hamster if you cannot seem to find a preferred pee corner is to basically just scoop the substrate that she has peed on and place it into the litter tray. Eventually, she'll figure out what it means and start using it as the toilet. It could take just a day or a week or two. Until then, you just got to be patient and train her such. Young hamsters are very much like human kids. They slowly learn how to hold and use the toilet properly when taught.

Here's a video by ErinsAnimals for litter training Hamsters: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c0h9HQB_ofs
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Old 04-02-2018, 09:08 AM   #3
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Default Re: Toilet help?

Razor has put it really well and the video by ErinsAnimals is very helpful! I had the same experience with Mila but with age, she learnt. It was costly and time-consuming but what I did was every place she peed I put a potty there as soon as possible. As Mila was naughty, she carried on with her habits sometimes peeing right outside the potty annoyingly. That was an example of what not to do hopefully my mistake helps you! Razors suggestions are the way to go and (from what I know) the only way to do it. Always remember different hamsters have different habits and peeing everywhere might just be something Tofu likes to do and makes her happy.
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