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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 08-31-2009, 12:34 PM Thread Starter
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Litter training?

How hard is it to litter train GP's?
I have heard mixed things.


Should I even bother training them or leave it?
I think litter training would make things easier,since they poop so much!




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post #2 of 12 (permalink) Old 08-31-2009, 12:55 PM
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In general? Not worth it. "In the wild" (harr harr) the ancestors of guinea pigs are roaming herd animals. They don't generally nest (their young are born walking and eating, like our pigs) so they have no need to have much of a litter instinct.

Overall, they're not really trainable. I have known one or two that were, but they were unusual pigs and weren't ever trained, they just picked a corner and stuck to it.

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Okay,thanks.
I thought it would be hard to train them.
No worries though,I will just stick to my usual routine of cleaning...but boy,piggers sure poop alot!
In an ideal world,there would be no poop!




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I tried to litter box train my pigs... massive failure!!
If you put their hay over the litter box it does help a little, but guinea pigs dont go to the bathroom in one spot like cats or bunnies. They just go where they stand LOL



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Yeah,they have a hay box...they sleep,eat,poo...everything in it! I love em' though.




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yeah...in a perfect world they would poop and pee in one spot and pick up hay after themselves!


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As everyone else said - I haven't tried it myself, but apparently it works better when they have hay in the litter box, so they nibble and poo. Otherwise, I haven't heard anyone say that their guinea pigs are as obedient with using their litter box as cats or rabbits are.

It sucks :/
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Yeah.Oh well,it is what it is.
I still love my girlies!!
I put hay in a box and they go in and pee/poop on it while eating it!




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Ewwwww....... I hate that part, >< My guinea pig, Moppy, poops in her food bowl. ....WHY?
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I wish I had the answer.
My girls poop everywhere too.In food dishes and their beds.





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This is an old thread.
And if you haven't already read...I didn't train them.




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I know this is old and you decided against litter training but just thought I would share how I got my guniea pig litter trained. She will only pee in her litter box whether in her cage or out but she isn't quite 100% with the pooping though close. This probable wouldn't be easy for all as she was always a neater guniea pig for the first two years I had her but it will work for some. I just have her water bottle in one corner, food dish in another, and hut in the third, with the tri shaped litter box in the 4th. She will move her food dish and poop in that corner some but not bad and usually only when she feels ler litter box needs to be cleaned! Out side of the cage she will poop in carboard boxes or tunnels but not on the floor. And it was just a matter of cleaning her litter box all the time and not her cage as much. If she started to poop in a different corner I would clean that corner and put the litter box there. I spent many evenings after work with a piece of carboard pushing random droppings into her litterbox to show her and I don't recall how long but she just eventually picked it up.

For the first two years I had her she didn't use the corners all the time just a majorty and then I got a rabbit and I did the litter training for them both and I shock everyone when I tell them I have a litter trained guniea pig!

In the litter box I just have some shredded newspaper with the small animal litter. Her hay rack is with her food dish in a seperate corner.

Now if only I can teach her to not bite my toes when she is in the kitchen with me!
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