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Old 03-08-2016, 03:53 PM   #1
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Our newest hamster is sitting in his food dish and using it for his potty. Is this normal?
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Old 03-08-2016, 04:53 PM   #2
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Is he peeing or pooping? Or both?
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Old 03-08-2016, 05:34 PM   #3
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Both. I can't imagine it's very sanitary.
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Old 03-08-2016, 05:41 PM   #4
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I had a Syrian poop in his food & it looked bad but not a problem as sometimes they eat their poop. Yummy!

But I don't know about peeing in their food? Maybe somebody else with peeing experience can help? Not to worry though, I think you just have to feed enough so they don't have stashes of urinated food is all? I'm just guessing that is?
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Old 03-08-2016, 09:24 PM   #5
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It's not that unusual, they pee on their food to protect it from being stolen!
Most grow out of it but it can be caused by over cleaning & removing the food hoard when you clean.
One way to help avoid it is to not use a bowl, scatter feed so he has to collect up the food & find somewhere safe to stash it, if he makes a hoard & pees on it just remove any wet food & replace it with fresh mix.
Poo isn't a problem.
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Old 03-09-2016, 05:41 AM   #6
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When I had Lexi she used to stash it in the corner and pee on it and then put some in her house. She did it for a few days and then would stop until I cleaned her cage. One thing I learnt was not to clean her full cage. I didn't realise that it was upsetting her at first. Now with all my hams I spot clean rather than doing a full cage clean and replace any stored food with fresh. Spot cleaning and keeping their scent in the cage should help. Do you clean her bowl with anything that has a strong smell? She might be marking herself on the bowl?
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Old 03-09-2016, 02:05 PM   #7
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I just brought him home on Saturday and haven't cleaned anything since it was a fresh setup. However maybe he is marking is territory as suggested.
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Old 03-09-2016, 02:13 PM   #8
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Could you try using a different bowl for the food - maybe put it somewhere else? - and then putting some old substrate into that bowl and letting him use it as a toilet anyway? They tend to use the same spot for a toilet ...
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Old 03-09-2016, 02:23 PM   #9
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Thank u all for the input. Pinkneon, I think I will try that.
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Old 03-09-2016, 10:03 PM   #10
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If you only brought him home on saturday he's still settling in, he'll probably sort out a proper toilet area for himself soon enough but right now he's just trying to protect that precious food so don't interfere too much or it could just make things worse!
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