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Litter Train A Pet Rat

Follow these steps to litter train your rat.

By Audrey Pavia

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Yes, pet rats can be litter trained!

Rats are clean small animals and can be trained to use a litter box, both inside their cage and when they are out of the cage for playtime. Follow these steps to litter train your rat:

Step 1: Buy a small rectangular or corner litter box, or use a shallow food storage lid.

Step 2: Remove bedding from your rat’s cage, placing soiled bedding inside the litter box.

Step 3: Place the litter box in a spot in your small pet’s cage where it normally eliminates.

Step 4: Whenever you see your rat using the litter box, praise it and offer a treat.

To teach your rat to use a litter box when it’s outside the cage, leave the cage door open so your rat can return to use the litter box. Or, place the litter box outside the cage in the area where your rat spends most of its time. Be sure to leave soiled litter in the box during the training period so your rat knows where it is.

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


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this is good =)
isabel, Hollister, CA
Posted: 1/23/2012 4:53:16 PM
I dont have a rat but my hamster is now potty trained when i first started she would take the litter out of the potty and then use it, (sigh) silly oreo
Daniel, Wellington, FL
Posted: 8/29/2011 5:32:42 AM
This started to work for our two rats, and now it doesn't! They go over to the corner of the cage, back up, and pee outside of it! What do I do now?
Kelly, Savage, MN
Posted: 3/20/2011 10:29:55 AM
SEVEN rats in ONE CAGE?
Scout, Greenville, SC
Posted: 3/6/2011 3:18:15 PM
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