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Old 02-06-2017, 01:08 PM   #1
personalbeehive
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Default Why does my hammy pee on her wheel so much?

I just cleaned her wheel, as it reeked of hammy pee. Is there an explanation as to why she only seems to pee on her wheel?
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Old 02-06-2017, 02:05 PM   #2
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Default Re: Why does my hammy pee on her wheel so much?

Lots of hamster exhibit this behavior, and though running in pee might seem gross to humans, it's generally just fine for hamsters. Clean it daily and add a sand pit if you haven't already to encourage her to toilet there instead.
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Old 02-06-2017, 02:13 PM   #3
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Default Re: Why does my hammy pee on her wheel so much?

It's usually a normal thing One of my Syrian Hamster pees on his wheel to high heavens and so does my Chinese Hamster.

Just clean it every other day and wipe it down with a baby wipe in between and you should be fine.
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Old 02-06-2017, 07:43 PM   #4
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Default Re: Why does my hammy pee on her wheel so much?

Sometimes if you over clean, it makes them pee on it more. When cleaning the wheel just use warm water only, this way she can still smell her scent. You could try putting rubbing some substrate in the pee and then place in a corner of the cage. This can sometimes get them into a routine of using the corner.
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Old 02-06-2017, 09:46 PM   #5
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Default Re: Why does my hammy pee on her wheel so much?

Your hamster is probably just scent marking the wheel. You might want to clean you wheel with a vinegar/water mixture. Make sure to thoroughly rinse after. This hopefully will cure them of peeing in the wheel.
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Old 02-06-2017, 10:18 PM   #6
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Default Re: Why does my hammy pee on her wheel so much?

I wouldn't over clean, all my Chinese pee on the wheel a lot! I clean once a week & leave it in between, with a new ham that's still settling in I don't clean it at all for at least two weeks.
The more you clean the more they pee on it usually.
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