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Old 11-04-2019, 01:56 AM   #1
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Default Hamster moving toilet litter

My niece has had her hamster for two days and this morning we have found that the wood pellet litter that we put in our hamster's litter tray, she has moved every single but up to her penthouse bedroom!

Is this normal?

What should we use for litter instead as I am going to guess if we refill it she will do it again. She has moved all her food up there as well
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Old 11-05-2019, 07:39 PM   #2
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Ha ha. They do funny things. The best thing for a litter tray is Chinchilla bathing sand. It soaks up pee well. I am not sure what kind of wood pellet litter you had but she maybe saw it as something to gnaw on.

You mention her penthouse bedroom. Is she in the hamster heaven? Normal behaviours for a hamster are to bury hoards under their nest. So to encourage normal behaviours and avoid a stinky mess, it works better if they have a house that is open underneath and sat on top of the substrate. That way they can bury the hoards under the nest and burrow down a bit and keep cosy. And the nest stays clean.

If it is the hamster heaven, it works best with the penthouse and external tubes removed - they can also nest in the tubes and that gets messy too. She may have a hissy fit for a couple of days if they're removed, but if you add a house at floor level as well she will probably move in. It needs to be big enough for a large cosy nest though for winter,and dark inside.

Something like a shoebox house is fine. Cut the base out of the shoebox, keep the lid as a lift-off roof (so you can check inside without having to take the house out so the nest doesn't fall apart), and cut a hole at one end of one of the long sides, for a door (that means the opposite end is darker).

She would probably just move in and build a new nest there if you put plenty of torn up strips of plain white toilet paper in a heap in the cage (they take some to the house to build the nest).

If the house is large-ish they sometimes move their pee corner into the house at the opposite end to the nest, but that's ok as you just put the litter tray inside the house.
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Old 11-05-2019, 10:58 PM   #3
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Ha ha. They do funny things. The best thing for a litter tray is Chinchilla bathing sand. It soaks up pee well. I am not sure what kind of wood pellet litter you had but she maybe saw it as something to gnaw on.

You mention her penthouse bedroom. Is she in the hamster heaven? Normal behaviours for a hamster are to bury hoards under their nest. So to encourage normal behaviours and avoid a stinky mess, it works better if they have a house that is open underneath and sat on top of the substrate. That way they can bury the hoards under the nest and burrow down a bit and keep cosy. And the nest stays clean.

If it is the hamster heaven, it works best with the penthouse and external tubes removed - they can also nest in the tubes and that gets messy too. She may have a hissy fit for a couple of days if they're removed, but if you add a house at floor level as well she will probably move in. It needs to be big enough for a large cosy nest though for winter,and dark inside.

Something like a shoebox house is fine. Cut the base out of the shoebox, keep the lid as a lift-off roof (so you can check inside without having to take the house out so the nest doesn't fall apart), and cut a hole at one end of one of the long sides, for a door (that means the opposite end is darker).

She would probably just move in and build a new nest there if you put plenty of torn up strips of plain white toilet paper in a heap in the cage (they take some to the house to build the nest).

If the house is large-ish they sometimes move their pee corner into the house at the opposite end to the nest, but that's ok as you just put the litter tray inside the house.
It was wood pellet cat litter so we will swap that out for sand.

Yes it is the hamster heaven. Id prefer to not remove the tubes and the penthouse as she absolutely loves it. We are removing any fresh food every other day and we will remove two thirds of the dry food and soiled bedding every week. Shes so funny!
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Old 11-06-2019, 06:46 AM   #4
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Default Re: Hamster moving toilet litter

When I first got my hamster her toilet she used to eat the litter that came with it. I now use Chinchilla bathing sand and it makes cleaning out so much easier, as the chinchilla sand solidifies when used.
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Old 11-06-2019, 12:26 PM   #5
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If you've only had her two days then yes it is better to let her settle in. It's usually recommended to not clean them out or change anything for the first two weeks while they're settling in. I think they can like the penthouse But it does make for more cleaning. If she does start nesting in the tubes though it would be best to remove those and the penthouse. The other thing to keep an eye on is how big she gets. Some hamsters can actually get stuck in the tubes - especially if they have full pouches. And some hamsters can grow really large!
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