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Old 07-11-2017, 08:57 AM   #1
mamahammy
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Default hamster potty in house

My hamster used to potty behind the wheel. Now she would prefer to do it in her house. I scrubbed out the cage to get the smell out of cage.washed the hut and she seems to have trashed her cage. Any ideas?
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Old 07-11-2017, 09:02 AM   #2
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Hams hate too much cleaning - mine are particularly sensitive. Can you just take out the soiled bedding and leave most of the nest intact? Is it just hamster poops or wee?
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Old 07-11-2017, 09:08 AM   #3
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Give her a chance to settle down again now, she's bound to be upset if you scrubbed the cage clean & removed her scent. I would keep all cleaning to an a minimum for a few weeks at least now so she can scent the cage again & settle in.
Once she's picked her spot again (it may be in a different place now) just spot clean removing wet substrate or nesting material every day or two depending on how much you find.
If you can give her a container of some kind with some chinchilla sand, put it in or close to the spot she uses to pee & put some soiled substrate on top, with luck that will encourage her to use the sand & make spot cleaning even easier.
If she continues to pee in the house then put in there, get a bigger house if you need to.
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Old 07-11-2017, 10:02 AM   #4
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Default Re: hamster potty in house

I would get her a bigger house. If it's a wood one you can paint it inside with plastikote (not sure if that's available in the US!) which is wipeclean. Or the easiest thing is a shoebox house - easily replaced and big enough to fit a potty inside.

I think sometimes it's normal for them to want to have their bathroom and larder in the house with their bed I've always found when I provide a bigger house, the hamster moves their toilet corner inside the house - usually the back corner nearest the door end and nests furthest away from the door, at the other end, where it's darker. Hoarding is often under the nest or in another corner.

Agree with Cypher that cleaning everything in one go will stress her - and will also probably make her pee on everything more to re-scent mark her territory.

I also had to clean out a house soaked with pee the other day, but decided to just clean inside that one area, and that one bit of cage base and leave the rest of the cage smelling familiar. So it's not too much stress all at once.

A house that's open underneath and on top of the substrate is best. Then they can burrow down and bury hoards. She will probably use the litter tray if you put it inside a house. The trick is putting it in the right place! I put mine in the wrong corner - hence the other corner was soaked! So I have now put it in the right corner

If you make a shoebox house, cut the bottom out and use the lid as a lift-off roof. That way you won't have to take the whole house out and it keeps their nest in tact - and you can just lift the litter tray out, clean it out, replace the chinchilla sand and put it back in the house again. That's what I do anyway. Needs to be chinchilla bathing sand in the potty, not dust.

Also if you clean the house out, it helps to save as much of the dry hoard as you can - if it's all soaked, and needs chucking, then replace the hoard, in the same place as it was, with new dry food. And keep a little bit of the old nest that isn't too stinky and replace that too, so it still smells familiar.
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Old 07-12-2017, 05:28 AM   #5
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I found in the colder weather Master Harvey would pee in his house, He had made such a wonderful nest, he didn't want to go out to his usual spot and I had to replace his house.
I find the more you clean the smellier they get. I only use warm water so he can still smell his scent.
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