Potty Train Your Guinea Pig with Our Simple 10- Step Guide

How to potty train guinea pig? Is it even possible?

Guinea pigs are sweet, gentle, adorable little creatures that provide us with so much joy and love. The only thing not so adorable about them is a huge amount of poop that they unfortunately also provide us with. They, of course, have to poop, like any living thing on Earth, but is there an easier way to keep their cage clean? And does their poop really have to be everywhere? Follow our litter training and your suffering will be over.

The Pros of Potty Training Your Little Furry Puff

Litter training your guinea pig has many advantages. Cleaner cage means your little piggy buddy will live in a healthier environment; she will have more room in her cage for different toys and treats which means that you won’t have to buy bedding as often and by doing that you’ll save some money. And cleaning will become much easier than it was. Yes, this is possible with the help of our potty training guide. Although litter training will dramatically change the overall look of the cage, for the better of course, this doesn’t mean that your buddy will make it to the litter every time. Do not worry because the more you practice with your piggy, the more she’ll improve her litter box routine.

Little Miss Guinea Pig I Would Like You to Meet Mr. Litter Box

When I say training what it essentially comes to is creating a comfy litter environment by strategically placing bathroom zones and it has less to do with real training. This is more like a re-training as you stimulate your piggy to change her usual potty routine. Before putting litter box in guinea pigs cage observe your pet, her potty habits and put the box on her favorite potty spot( I would suggest using a few litter boxes in the beginning). Litter box is a real lifesaver in my opinion because of the constant and never-ending cleaning of the cage is over.

The Pros of Potty Training Your Little Furry Puff

Litter training your guinea pig has many advantages. Cleaner cage means your little piggy buddy will live in a healthier environment; she will have more room in her cage for different toys and treats which means that you won’t have to buy bedding as often and by doing that you’ll save some money. And cleaning will become much easier than it was. Yes, this is possible with the help of our potty training guide. Although litter training will dramatically change the overall look of the cage, for the better of course, this doesn’t mean that your buddy will make it to the litter every time. Do not worry because the more you practice with your piggy, the more she’ll improve her litter box routine.

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Little Miss Guinea Pig I Would Like You to Meet Mr. Litter Box

When I say training what it essentially comes to is creating a comfy litter environment by strategically placing bathroom zones and it has less to do with real training. This is more like a re-training as you stimulate your piggy to change her usual potty routine. Before putting litter box in guinea pigs cage observe your pet, her potty habits and put the box on her favorite potty spot( I would suggest using a few litter boxes in the beginning). Litter box is a real lifesaver in my opinion because constant and never-ending cleaning of the cage is over.

Simple 10-Step Guide on How to Potty Train Your Guinea Pig

  1. Choosing an Ideal Litter Box

The litter box should be neither too big (it shouldn’t take too much space), nor too small because piggy won’t be able to sit and potty in it (she won’t even try to use it). Most litter boxes from local pet stores are unfortunately too small. When picking a box, try with one that’s made from heavy material that won’t tip over and that’s also big enough that it can hold guinea pig. Many pig owners have had a great experience with Ware Manufacturing litter box.  If you however lack the space in your cage I would recommend using tidily folded newspaper as a litter zone.

  1. Selecting a Litter Box Lining

To distinguish a difference between regular cage space and litter zone, you’ll need to buy material to line inside the inside of the box. As an example, if you have a Middle Guinea Pig Run with a fleece lining, you can put newspapers in the litter corners.

  1. Creating the Best Bathroom Environment

Guinea pigs are not that different from us, they too enjoy their quiet, private time. To make litter box seem more likable, place it in the spot where they are less likely to be interrupted. Try covering that section with a towel or extra fleece so she has more privacy. Cages with ramps have a great hidden section underneath the top floor that is just perfect for a guinea pig “bathroom”

  1. Teach Your Pet to Jump to Avoid Messes

You should teach your piggy how to jump over the litter box to avoid the messes that will be made from knocking it over. It’s not that hard to do, you can use her favorite dried fruit as a treat.

  1. Perfectly Placed Hay Helps Create Interest

Yes, like you already know, guinea pigs are crazy about hay and placing it near the litter box can add to the appeal of the litter zone. So your pig will not only keep coming back to it but also stay there for longer periods of time.

  1. Poop accident? Place it in the Litter Zone

As challenging as it sounds, try to keep all pig’s droppings in the litter box. In doing so, your pet comes to realization that she should be using her box when urge strikes.

  1. Move Litter Box(es) to Favorite Hotspots

Every piggy has a favorite hangout spot. What I suggest you do is to add an extra box or move their litter to their favored location. Some guinea pig owners had a productive experience with placing litter box next to the food ball, or you can simply leave it in the feeding area. You can pick whichever option you prefer. Since most animals prefer their bathroom and eating spots separate and there is, of course, a risk of fecal contamination if you put litter box right next to her food. It is safer to add an extra litter close to the feeding area.

  1. Reward Your Piggy for Using Litter Box

As soon as your piggy enters the litters give her a treat. If you catch her using potty as an actual toilet, offer her favorite treat as a reward. By doing this you encourage your piggy to adopt positive litter practice.

  1. Nobody Likes a Dirty Bathroom

Don’t give your guinea pig any reason to avoid her litter. Keep boxes clean by changing them every day. For piggy’s that like to fall asleep in their bedding you should add one more layer of dry guinea pig bedding, like wonderful paper bedding from Small Pet Select, so they’re not sitting in terribly messy potty.

  1. Why is there a Tent in My Favorite Hiding Spot?

All guinea pig owners know how they like to tunnel and hide. They feel safe in these hiding areas so they go to them to feel calm and relaxed. For litter training purposes I suggest you add litter box to these spots and covering them with towels or with an old shirt to make it tent-like hiding spot. This structure makes them feel safe and protected in their litter. However you’ll need to keep this litter tent super clean so your piggy isn’t sitting in dirty bedding.

A Little Litter Training Advice

When potty training your guinea pig you should put multiple boxes throughout her cage (provided you have enough space to do so). Already mentioned Midlee Guinea Pig Run allows you to use several boxes at the same time. This method will not only help to keep mess to a minimum but it’ll also help your piggy get used to the concept of using box as a bathroom area. But just so you know they usually use them when they are clean and dry. And keep in mind that you’ll have to keep those delicious treats well stocked. Because it’ll take you longer time to potty train your pet in case you don’t reward her.

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