Teaching the teacher’s pet: how to potty train your Hamster

You shall not suffer cleaning dung from your hamster’s cage all the time any longer. No more shall you worry about the cage’s constantly wet floor. Never again feel guilty about feeling frustrated with your little furry friend about his bathroom etiquette. Today begins your penance. Where there is a will to potty train there is most certainly a way. 

Case chase

Every ritual needs flowers, every pundit his tools, and your hamster needs a litter box. So either buy a plastic one from the pet store or re-purpose a glass dish or bowl. This box needs to be bigger than your hamster and have high walls. Some commercial containers even come with a lid to keep the smell inside the box. You can even reuse a plastic tupperware box, or a cardboard one for a cheap, quick option. However, there’s a good chance that your hamster will chew through these.

Digging for gold

Inner beauty has to be better than the outer beauty, hence it matters which litter you select. Sand is an inexpensive, fun option for your hamster, who will enjoy digging it up and peeing on it. Although sand does not control the smell of urine, so it needs to be changed more often. There are commercial litters that you can purchase and it promises to be more absorbent. It keeps the surface dry, and doesn’t smell too much. Paper litter is also a good option. See that your hamster is not chewing on the litter. Don’t use cat litter as it may cause respiratory issues for your furry friend.

Pet peeves

Every one has free will. I let all my children find their own way, which is why you must let your hamster choose his own spot. Your hamster will probably already have a designated spot that he frequents to relieve himself. Place the litter box there, or else your pet will ignore it. Fill the box with enough litter to cover the bottom. Then place some soiled bedding and droppings so your hamster feels comfortable using it. Replace the litter with fresh litter every day after washing the box.

Beacon and back

I stand by what I said about free will, but there’s nothing wrong with a helping hand. Gently guide your hamster to the litter box. When he is awake, place him in the box and let him explore it. if he leaves, don’t force him back. After some time, the little guy will eventually understand what the litter box is for.  If you find your friend sleeping in the litter or eating in the litter, chances are he doesn’t feel comfortable with his eating and sleeping spot. If the cage is very large, the hamster will likely use more than one spot to defecate in, so you’ll need to put in two litter boxes.

Plan B

Things don’t always work out according to plan, not even for me. Don’t be surprised if your hamster uses the litter box only for pissing. But it’s ok because their droppings don’t smell and are easy to pick out and flush down the toilet. Hamsters are quick learners, he will be picking up about his droppings in no time! Till then I wish you good faith and patience. Bless you!

The five commandments of potty training a hamster

Thou shall produce an adequate box

Thou shall fill it with adequate litter

Thou shall replace this litter everyday

Thou shall let your hamster choose his spot

Thou shall be patient with even the most difficult of hamsters