Potty Training Hamsters in the Wame Way as Potty Training Rabbits

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Potty Training Hamsters in the Wame Way as Potty Training Rabbits

Post by Vivia » Fri, 05 Sep 2003 14:29:48



I've read up on different methods of potty training and I now I wonder if
anyone here has had success with potty training their hamsters the way most
people train their bunnies.

Usually, a bunny is confined to a small area--e.g. a cage and litter box.
As soon as the bunny consistently uses her potty, she is allowed a slightly
bigger area and so forth until she is allowed full run of the house.

I'm wondering if this is possible with hamsters?  I kind of doubt it but if
anyone has tried it I'm very interested in the results.

 
 
 

Potty Training Hamsters in the Wame Way as Potty Training Rabbits

Post by Vivia » Fri, 05 Sep 2003 14:32:48



Quote:
> I've read up on different methods of potty training and I now I wonder if
> anyone here has had success with potty training their hamsters the way
most
> people train their bunnies.

> Usually, a bunny is confined to a small area--e.g. a cage and litter box.
> As soon as the bunny consistently uses her potty, she is allowed a
slightly
> bigger area and so forth until she is allowed full run of the house.

> I'm wondering if this is possible with hamsters?  I kind of doubt it but
if
> anyone has tried it I'm very interested in the results.

 
 
 

Potty Training Hamsters in the Wame Way as Potty Training Rabbits

Post by MiHoSwEe » Fri, 05 Sep 2003 16:28:25


Quote:
>I've read up on different methods of potty training and I now I wonder if
>anyone here has had success with potty training their hamsters the way most
>people train their bunnies.

>Usually, a bunny is confined to a small area--e.g. a cage and litter box.
>As soon as the bunny consistently uses her potty, she is allowed a slightly
>bigger area and so forth until she is allowed full run of the house.

>I'm wondering if this is possible with hamsters?  I kind of doubt it but if
>anyone has tried it I'm very interested in the results.

I would think that the difficulty with this would be in trying to confine your
hamster to a smaller area, since it'd be hard to partition a cage... especially
something like a crittertrail.

christine miho
http://community.webshots.com/user/miho176
http://community.webshots.com/user/hamsterhaven

 
 
 

Potty Training Hamsters in the Wame Way as Potty Training Rabbits

Post by Hilar » Fri, 05 Sep 2003 18:20:35



Quote:
> I've read up on different methods of potty training and I now I wonder if
> I'm wondering if this is possible with hamsters?  I kind of doubt it but
if
> anyone has tried it I'm very interested in the results.

I think most people just use the clean cage and soiled litter in the potty
routine for hamsters ( well all the people I know with Syrians seem to).

I only had the one bunny many years ago.  It was supposed to be a dwarf!!!!!
It was huge.  I've never seen another that big. I wos done!!

 I got it to use a cat litter tray indoors by much the same method as  the
hamsters but in her run she just went anywhere even if I put the same litter
tray in.

:o)

 
 
 

Potty Training Hamsters in the Wame Way as Potty Training Rabbits

Post by Vivia » Sat, 06 Sep 2003 00:15:34



Quote:
> >I've read up on different methods of potty training and I now I wonder if
> >anyone here has had success with potty training their hamsters the way
most
> >people train their bunnies.

> >Usually, a bunny is confined to a small area--e.g. a cage and litter box.
> >As soon as the bunny consistently uses her potty, she is allowed a
slightly
> >bigger area and so forth until she is allowed full run of the house.

> >I'm wondering if this is possible with hamsters?  I kind of doubt it but
if
> >anyone has tried it I'm very interested in the results.

> I would think that the difficulty with this would be in trying to confine
your
> hamster to a smaller area, since it'd be hard to partition a cage...
especially
> something like a crittertrail.

> christine miho
> http://community.webshots.com/user/miho176
> http://community.webshots.com/user/hamsterhaven

Oh no I wouldn't partition the cage.  What I was debating was taking all the
tubes off my Habitrail Space Station and just leaving the main cage with
potty.  And then when they were used to using the potty, I would then add a
tube--bit by bit.

I'm trying to prevent them from using the tubes so I thought maybe training
them this way would work?

If they get really good, I would let them have run of the hamster proofed
living room.

 
 
 

Potty Training Hamsters in the Wame Way as Potty Training Rabbits

Post by Vivia » Sat, 06 Sep 2003 01:13:45


<snipparoo>

Quote:
> I think most people just use the clean cage and soiled litter in the potty
> routine for hamsters ( well all the people I know with Syrians seem to).

My hammies were very good at using their potty in the beginning but now that
I have Boma and Poochi, I think they are trying to mark their territory even
more than they used to by peeing/pooing in the tubes because Maroo and Honey
can sense the new dwarf hamsters.

So I was debating whether to use the expanding tubes method.

Now that I think about it, it's probably a stupid idea.  It is natural
hamster instinct to mark territory--how can I expect them to change for my
convenience.

I tried my other method of rearranging everything but it's not working
either.  I can't really move one cage to another location because I have so
many windows.

Anyone got any ideas?  Or do I continue to spend almost an hour cleaning the
tubes everyday now!

Quote:
> I only had the one bunny many years ago.  It was supposed to be a
dwarf!!!!!
> It was huge.  I've never seen another that big. I wos done!!

I've seen dwarf bunnies get quite large.  I forgot the name of the smallest
species but the one I'm thinking of is quite rare--I bet Angela knows.  It's
not the Holland Lop--it's some other name that I can't remember.

Quote:
>  I got it to use a cat litter tray indoors by much the same method as  the
> hamsters but in her run she just went anywhere even if I put the same
litter
> tray in.

> :o)

I heard that spaying or neutering your bunny lessens the need to mark
territory.

I like bunnies too, and before I got my hammies I was considering a Holland
Lop.  The problem is I don't have enough of a run to keep the bunny happy.

 
 
 

Potty Training Hamsters in the Wame Way as Potty Training Rabbits

Post by Vivia » Sat, 06 Sep 2003 01:19:39


<snippity snip>

Christine,

I've decided this method probably won't work.  Because I believe the reason
why they are urinating everywhere is because they can smell each other...my
hammies are marking off their turfs.

I still let them have a run outside of the cage but only in the kitchen
because I can clean up after them easily--every other room in the house is
carpeted.

I know that you have 5 hammies--do they tend to mark territory a lot?  Or is
it just that all my hammies are now quite potty liberated?

 
 
 

Potty Training Hamsters in the Wame Way as Potty Training Rabbits

Post by MiHoSwEe » Sat, 06 Sep 2003 12:43:27


Quote:
>I know that you have 5 hammies--do they tend to mark territory a lot?  Or is
>it just that all my hammies are now quite potty liberated?

None of mine have gotten their potty training down pat.. except for the one
that is kept "alone" in the living room.  Everyone else is in my room.
Precious just has a cage that fits much better in the living room:)  Now that
you mention it.. it just may be that they're not "potty trained" because of
being able to smell eachother.  

I know Popo tried to bite me once when she smelled Poppy on me:P

christine miho
http://community.webshots.com/user/miho176
http://community.webshots.com/user/hamsterhaven

 
 
 

Potty Training Hamsters in the Wame Way as Potty Training Rabbits

Post by Vivia » Sat, 06 Sep 2003 21:03:25


Last night I decided to do a little experiment with our hammies and their
two Habitrail Space Stations.

I was certain that Honey and Maroo were urinating in the tubes because of
territorial instinct--they did not do this before we got Boma and Poochi.
Boma and Poochi also did the same however, I didn't know if it was because
of territorial instinct or if it was just their behaviour.

I left Honey and Maroo's cage in the usual spot in the living room.  I then
moved Boma and Poochi to the foyer.

This morning I woke up and checked on the results.  The tubes of both cages
are bone dry.  Not even a poop in Boma and Poochi's tunnels.  Honey and
Maroo have just a few poops in one area but no urine at all!

I'm so happy about the results that I had to share!

 
 
 

Potty Training Hamsters in the Wame Way as Potty Training Rabbits

Post by MiHoSwEe » Sun, 07 Sep 2003 18:01:22


Quote:
>Last night I decided to do a little experiment with our hammies and their
>two Habitrail Space Stations.

>I was certain that Honey and Maroo were urinating in the tubes because of
>territorial instinct--they did not do this before we got Boma and Poochi.
>Boma and Poochi also did the same however, I didn't know if it was because
>of territorial instinct or if it was just their behaviour.

>I left Honey and Maroo's cage in the usual spot in the living room.  I then
>moved Boma and Poochi to the foyer.

>This morning I woke up and checked on the results.  The tubes of both cages
>are bone dry.  Not even a poop in Boma and Poochi's tunnels.  Honey and
>Maroo have just a few poops in one area but no urine at all!

>I'm so happy about the results that I had to share!

Wow!! Now you know how to make sure they don't use their tubes as bathrooms:)

Just be sure you don't smell too much like the other pair when handling one
pair.. they might decide to mark you too:) I knew some rats who did that:) But
you gotta love any animal that loves you so much that they want to make sure
that everyone knows who you "belong" to, lol:)

christine miho
http://community.webshots.com/user/miho176
http://community.webshots.com/user/hamsterhaven

 
 
 

Potty Training Hamsters in the Wame Way as Potty Training Rabbits

Post by Vivia » Mon, 08 Sep 2003 02:39:29


Quote:
> Wow!! Now you know how to make sure they don't use their tubes as
bathrooms:)

> Just be sure you don't smell too much like the other pair when handling
one
> pair.. they might decide to mark you too:) I knew some rats who did that:)
But
> you gotta love any animal that loves you so much that they want to make
sure
> that everyone knows who you "belong" to, lol:)

> christine miho
> http://community.webshots.com/user/miho176
> http://community.webshots.com/user/hamsterhaven

Yes, I always try not to handle one pair right after I've held the other
pair.  I haven't had any of the hammies urinate on me--just poopy in the
beginning--as they are getting to know me--and I believe that means they are
nervous.  But now they don't poop at all outside of the cage if they are out
for less than 15 minutes...after that well, I guess their fast metabolisms
kick into gear and they have to let it go...LOL.

As for the "experiment"--the tubes are still pretty spotless--especially
Boma and Poochi's cage--improvement is 98%.  Honey and Maroo's tunnels have
a 90% improvement from before!  So cool.