Can I train my guinea pig to use a litter box?
Yes, training a guinea pig to use a litter box is fairly simple.
Familiarize your guinea pig with the litter box once she is old enough to be let out of her cage for a few minutes at a time. Keep in mind that cavies usually get agitated just before going to the bathroom and that they tend to use a specific area inside their cage as a "bathroom area."
To encourage your guinea pig to use a litter box outside the cage:
- Fill a box with the same type of bedding material that she is accustomed to having inside her cage.
- Place the box outside of her cage, in a quiet corner.
- Restrict your guinea pig to a small area around the box and watch her closely. When she begins to act nervous or anxious, place her in the litter box.
- Litter box training is easier if you place a few pellets of your guinea pig's feces in the box and place her on top of it so she gets the idea of what's expected of her.
- Reward her when she uses the litter box and then let her roam in a wider area around the box.
- As in training your cavy to do anything, repetition is the key to success!