How to Potty Train your hamster You will need a hamster potty. It needs to be a shape that fits in a corner, since that’s where hamsters normally go. The roof will make your hamster feel more secure. Fill the base with substrate. Sand is the most attractive to hamsters because it’s diggable. It is also heavy, so the potty can’t be moved or tipped over. Litter pearls dry fast and lock in smells. Only use litter intended for small animals (or wood/paper litter) The pearls have a smell that encourages small animals. Scatter a handful of pearls on the surface. Move more in the corners, as this is where your hamster will go. Dig a little so that the potty sits securely in the corner. For the best chances, use the same place your hamster last went. Put a piece of peed-on substrate in the potty. Remove all other traces of pee from the cage and use a pet safe disinfectant to remove the smell. Your hamster should soon smell the potty and work out what it’s for. If your hamster goes in a different corner, move the potty there. Potty training may be instant, or may take a few weeks. Common Questions: My hamster pees in the potty, but won’t poop. Hamsters don’t usually poop in the potty. This is because they don’t have as much control over it. It tends to end up where they bathe and where they sleep. If your hamster bathes in sand, it’s easy to scoop up. Poop-a-scoops come with most potties. Removable beds can simply be tipped out and cleaned. My hamster pees in the tubes/wheel! As soon as they do it, take the tube/wheel out. Use a tissue to get a sample and place it in the clean potty. Leave pet-safe disinfectant on for 15 minutes, then wash thoroughly. If you leave it smelling, your hamster will believe this is the toilet. My potty trained hamster suddenly stopped using the potty If the potty becomes too dirty, the hamster will find somewhere else to go. Clean the potty and start the process again in the new corner. My hamster pees in the bed. This is not healthy for your hamster. It may be that the bed is too large and is being used more like a small cage than a bed. Small bed – pees in the cage corner. Big bed – pees in the bed corner. This is an unfortunate problem with large nesting boxes. Try offering some other smaller bed options instead. This might also be part of old age which can’t be helped. Just clean their bed to keep them as comfortable and hygenic as possible, and offer several alternative beds. My hamster has 2+ connected cages and is peeing in both. Hamsters will usually potty in the same cage they sleep. So if there are sleeping spots on both your hamster may potty in both. Either get another potty, or keep the beds in the same cage. My hamster pees in several corners in the same cage/level. Block the other corners off with toys etc. But remember to check that the potty is clean and attractive by following all the steps at the start. If you have any questions, leave a comment below!