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Guinea Pig Litter Training

Encourage your guinea pig to use a litter box.

By Audrey Pavia

Guinea pigs can be encouraged to use a litter box, but are rarely reliable. Sometimes they will use it and sometimes they won’t.

If you want to try to get a guinea pig to use a litter box, place one (a corner cage box or a small box for kittens work best) in its cage. Put the litter box in the spot in the cage where it goes to the bathroom most often. Put a handful of hay inside the box, along with a few fecal pellets. This will encourage your small pet to use the box as a bathroom.

When you see a guinea pig use the litter box, give it a treat as praise. Ignore mistakes it might make, but reward a guinea pig when it does correctly uses the litter box.

If a guinea pig starts using its litter box regularly while in its cage, you can try providing a box for it during out-of-cage time as well. A guinea pig is less likely to use it while loose in a larger space, but it may try.



Posted: April 2, 2008, 5 a.m. EDT

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Our guinea pig would use the corners of the cage, so in order to make it easier to clean, I cut down clean gallon-sized milk jugs with 2 sides about 3-4 inches high & the other 2 sides just barely curving upwards. I'd put one in each of the corners with some paper bedding. The corners would be more easily cleaned more often. I'd just dump the contents and replace the bedding.
Marianne, Ayer, MA
Posted: 1/26/2013 3:57:40 PM
The pet store where i got my guinea pigs, the owners had already gotten them started using a litter box so mine were great at it...don't get me wrong, they dont use it 100% of the time, but most of the time they do...then i just built them a larger pen and they have a lot more room to roam and they are having a harder time with using the litter box because of course they have many more areas to go but i'm hoping they get the hang of it cause its really great...also, i will urge anyone using a litter box to use KornKob in it to soak up the urine because it keeps the smell to a minimum. It works really well.
Christen, Somewhere, FL
Posted: 1/11/2011 11:14:09 AM
im gonna try this on shakira!!!1
its sounds good!
sabrina, somewhere, CA
Posted: 8/16/2009 11:49:42 AM
hmmm! i have been thinking about traing my guinea pig snicker to use a litter box and this article made it so much better im going to have to at least try!
rachel, my town, TX
Posted: 12/14/2008 7:22:13 PM
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