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Can Hedgehogs Be Litter-Trained?

Updated: Oct 21, 2023

Litter Training Your Hedgehog: Tips for a Clean and Happy Pet

Can You Train A Hedgehog To Use A Litterbox?

The answer is yes! Hedgehogs are intelligent and can be litter-trained with a little patience and consistency.

How To Litter-Train Your Hedgehog

Hedgehogs are small creatures, so they don't need a lot of space to do their business. A kitty litter box or even a Tupperware container with low sides will work perfectly.

  • Start by placing the litter box filled with absorbent material in your hedgehog's enclosure. I recommend paper towels, free of any bleach or dyes. If you are not going to use paper towels or fleece, look for a litter that is low dust and doesn't have any clumping agents, as these can be dangerous for hedgehogs.

  • Place the litter box in an area far away from where the hedgehog's food and water is. Put the hedgehog's wheel in the litter box to encourage your hedgehog to explore it.

  • Dedicate a small scoop and some rubber gloves to this task. You are going to have to scoop up your hedgehog's poop daily and put it in the same section of the litter box. It is important to keep the rest of the cage impeccably clean! This will help your hedgehog identify where to poop!

  • Clean the old poop out daily and put the fresh poop in that same spot. Once your hedgehog is using the litter box consistently, you can gradually stop doing this.

  • Be sure to clean out the litter box regularly to prevent odors and keep your hedgehog healthy. With a little effort, you can successfully litter train your hedgehog.

Be Patient!

It may take a few days or even weeks for your hedgehog to start using the litter box, but don't give up! It is crucial for the health of your pet that you keep their environment clean, and bathe them when needed. With time and patience, your hedgehog will learn to use its litter box just like any other pet!

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