How to Litter Train a Guinea Pig?

This article was co-authored by Pippa Elliott, MRCVS. Dr. Elliott, BVMS, MRCVS is a veterinarian with over 30 years of experience in veterinary surgery and companion animal practice. She graduated from the University of Glasgow in 1987 with a degree in veterinary medicine and surgery. She has worked at the same animal clinic in her hometown for over 20 years.

How long does it take to potty train guinea pigs?

The process from start to finish can be as quick as a few hours, with about 20 hours being average.

How do I stop my guinea pig from pooping everywhere?

Make sure that the amount of hay in your guinea pigs diet is sufficient enough to provide them with the required fiber..Make sure your guinea pigs drink more water..Reduce fruits or other sensitive food in their diet..Clean their cage regularly.

Bathroom training guinea pigs is possible to do, though it might take some time. The project is worth it, though, because the cage will be much cleaner as a result.

When we go out and need to use a toilet, of course it would feel more comfortable at home; it’s the same exact thing for animals. Training a guinea pig how to potty in the right area is possible but may take some time, effort, and understanding.

Smaller animals usually need more time to adjust to the environment they will live in, including their owners. If you noticed in the first picture, the night lamp was strategically placed to keep the playground (or the place where you don’t want your guinea pigs to poop or pee) nice and bright while keeping the bathroom provided for them nice and dark. Guinea pigs do most of their business in the dark, hence they potty in areas where predators cant track themor they try to.

Their urine is also used as their means of communication to other guinea pigs; that is why they prefer it to be in an area that is safe for them. Another thing is to place the food that you are giving them in that exact same dark area because they also love to poop where they eat. The bedding in this picture is pine chips, the chewing log and pigloo is to provide more dark area.

This is how you set up and maintain guinea pig bedding inside the dark or covered area mentioned above: First, you need to have a litter pan or a small or medium-sized container built for your guinea pigs to poop in. When you need to change it, just remove the whole potty box or litter pan and take out everything that is on it and put another old newspaper underneath the beddingand youre done.

It is a lot easier to clean out the bedding in a litter box than to use cloth, such as fleece, throughout the cage and get poop all over it. Some people clean their cage twice a day, which means changing the fleece and washing it. When your guinea pigs are potty trained, there is no need to do it because their poop is contained in one areathe same place the bedding is.

When your pets have an area to potty, it makes life a whole lot easier having them. Cleaning becomes easier, and you can start making the cage a bit fancier if you so desire to do it. Having guinea pigs are fun but what about its cage, the ones that are sold is quite small and it gets even tighter as they grow.

It is not meant to substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, or formal and individualized advice from a veterinary medical professional. Animals exhibiting signs and symptoms of distress should be seen by a veterinarian immediately. How can I keep it enclosed and dark, something like your pink igloo seems to be a good idea, just put newspaper or the litter box underneath?

To keep the rest of the cage lighted, Should I put a lamp at night? @hamster pro 321 If they pee a lot that’s good means that they are drinking a decent amount of water. What is the white, rectangular box tiki are using to contain the bedding and hideouts?

I use the flat spreader the hardware stores sell ($2) for smoothing cement. I felt bad that his cage is dark from blankets I used to prevent drafts. I like that idea about how you have students work with caring for the guinea pigs, demonstrate responsibility and more.

I plan to build the enclosure now and introduce them into my home at first before taking them into the classroom. So, let me get this straight, you use hamster bedding in a shoe box ( or something) and put it in a dark area with their food???? when I raised them I crushed whatever pellets that was for baby guinea pigs and mixed it with some type of squash or pumpkin, hand fed them for a peroid till I felt it was good enough which was about 4 weeks.

after a few months I decided to just use one litter box for everything but changed the bedding every other day and sometimes daily depending on how much they ate and how it smelled, but their fur was always clean as I showered them bi-weekly. The top is also a litter box, they use that when the bottom is bad, surprisingly they are picky as heck and perfer clean areas. Will they choose to spend all their time in the litter box if it’s the only dark and covered place, or will they leave after doing their business?

Little at a time I start to move the cover, in about 3 months I was able to remove it entirely. But when it’s full they’ll start pooping all over the place, so you’ll need to maintain keeping it clean. @Melissa A Smith .. cleaning up a piggies cage can get annoying and when they get hungry or not enough attention, I’ve notice they start to make a mess.

@Vintagetreasures We had the same problem when we fisrt got the guinea pigs, when I decided to train them I was just hoping that they were like other small mammals and I guess they were which helps a lot with cleaning. My 8 year old wants her own guinea pig and I think I’ll try you cage and potty training ideas! @Angela Kane Thanks for reading thos, I had to try everything I can think of that was successful with other animals because their cage started smell like a garbage dump if I missed a day of cleaning

This article was co-authored by Pippa Elliott, MRCVS. Dr. Elliott, BVMS, MRCVS is a veterinarian with over 30 years of experience in veterinary surgery and companion animal practice. She graduated from the University of Glasgow in 1987 with a degree in veterinary medicine and surgery. She has worked at the same animal clinic in her hometown for over 20 years.

Guinea pigs can be trained to go to the bathroom in a litter box. Some get the hang of it quickly, while some never learn. That’s just how it is. Just remember that its not your guinea pigs fault if they poop outside the litter box – sometimes they can have accidents or simply forget.

Are They Hard to Train?

Guinea pigs or other animals normally use the same location to potty and eat. Training a guinea pig how to potty in the right area is possible but may take some time, effort, and understanding. There are no potty training pads that are made for guinea pigs; hence, it is harder to potty train them. It all depends on how fast your guinea pigs pick up the hint you are giving them.Smaller animals usually need more time to adjust to the environment they will live in, including their owners. When they are in the wild, they will move to different areas, but usually they try to stay in one location for as long as they can. Change does not come easy to anyone, whether it be for human or animals.

Why Is the Darkness Important?

Guinea pigs have little to no defense in the wild. If you startle them, they will just freeze and pray for their life. They will not attack and cause a blood bath with their twenty or so teeth. Because of their inability to escape predators, they have a limited resource for survival. Guinea pigs do most of their business in the dark, hence they potty in areas where predators can’t track them—or they try to. They are very easily threatened, but they still love to run around and play. Guinea pigs that are domesticated have a lot less ability to survive in the wild, but they still maintain their instincts of survival, no matter how little it is and no matter where it is.Guinea pigs, in general, are so vulnerable. They are very cautious where they pee because they don’t want their predators to know where they are. Their urine is also used as their means of communication to other guinea pigs; that is why they prefer it to be in an area that is safe for them. So, they have this idea in their heads that it is safer to be in a dark area. If it is dark, they think there is a smaller chance for predators to find them.

Cleaning Tips

Some people clean their cage twice a day, which means changing the fleece and washing it. When your guinea pigs are potty trained, there is no need to do it because their poop is contained in one area—the same place the bedding is.I have also written detailed instructions on how to properly clean your guinea pigs’ cage.

About This Article

To litter train your guinea pig, take note of where it eliminates in its cage over a few days. Then, set up a litter tray in this area, since this will increase the chances of the guinea pig using it. If your guinea pig doesn’t take to the box, put a small amount of hay in the box to encourage it to use the box. Once your guinea pig starts eliminating in the box, change the litter every 3 days, because guinea pigs won’t eliminate in a dirty area. However, you should avoid using clumping cat litter as guinea pigs can choke on it. To find out why you shouldn’t scold your guinea pig for not using a litter box, read on!