Hi Meghan, I have 2 Martins 695. The boys have 2 litter pans since they
pee in one spot and poop in the other. I use a triangle ferret litter pan
usually found in any pet store. I also found more of a tri-rectangular one
that fits really nice on the second shelf. Both litter pans have little
clips that hook onto the cage so they can't be flipped over.
As far as training them...they really trained themselves! I started right
away (once they start moving and eating on their own). I would check to see
where I thought they went the most and put the pan there. I would take some
poo turds and put them in the litter. They'll get the hang of it before you
I'm probably going to get flack for this, but I started with regular
NON-clumping litter. Once they get used to it and I can see they are not
eating it, I changed to a mix of non-clumping and clumping. It really helps
to get the urine out. Otherwise, it would just break apart. Then everyday
I would use a slotted spoon small enough so the poo doesn't fall through,
and scoop out the waste. They even get mad when I don't do it early enough!
Good luck with your training....don't give up, they WILL get the hang of it.
> Dear Sue,
> I would *love* to litter train my new ratties. I have read some articles
> about how to do this, and I know from my mice that they do tend to go in
> place. How big are your litter pans? I looked at one today but wasn't
> if it was too small, too big or what?! I am getting the Martins 695 which
> is a good size cage, so I should have room. Are yours triagular or
> Do you have any tips or a link to a good article on this? I am getting
> from a young age, so I should have luck starting early.
> > How about a litter pan? All my ratties are litter trained and it sure
> > the cage cleaner. I discovered that my boys only pooped in the one and
> > up on a ledge....so I got another litter pan and put it where they pee
> > lo and behold, they now pee in the litter! Yeah!
> > Good luck with your new boys.
> > Sue
> > > I am happy to announce I am getting my first ratties next week! (Two
> > boys).
> > > I have put together a list of supplies I will need for the homecoming
> > I
> > > feel like I am forgetting something obvious. I have had mice for a
> > > of years so I'm not a total newbie, but I thought I'd run it by the
> > experts:
> > > Martins Cage 695
> > > Wodent Wheel
> > > Hammock
> > > Water Bottle and brush
> > > Carefresh
> > > Microfiber towels
> > > 1 hide box
> > > 1*** bird toy thing to swing on
> > > Lab block/commerical food (which will be supplemented with fresh)
> > > ????
> > > Thanks, Meghan