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Hi!
I got my hamster a little hut to sleep in but turns out she also uses it to poo in. Last time i cleaned the cage I tried to place a bit of the old poopy bedding in a different corner of the cage hoping she'd associate things differently this time around, but she just went back to using her house as her toilet as well (she stores all her food there too!)
I don't know if that's normal, or if it isn't safe for her?

Thanks!
Juliette

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Hi Juliette

Thanks for your question.

A lot of hamsters poop in their bedding.  In the wild they sometimes eat it because it contains a lot of nutrients. I don't think you will be able to stop her doing this. If, however she pees on her food or in her bedding then you might be able to stop this. You can buy hamster toilets - you need a special hamster litter that you can buy in pet shops. You then put some soiled bedding in the hamster toilet and then put the toilet in a corner of the cage - they usually get used to using it fairly quickly.

I hope this helps you.

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Sheila  

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Syrian hamsters are my specialty, however, I have kept Campbells,Winter Whites and gerbils in the past. I can advise on most subjects associated with hamsters, including housing, bedding, feeding, handling, new borns and catching escapees. I have had some experience of various health problems with hamsters and can offer my opinion and advice on basic health issues, however I am not a qualified vet and therefore cannot recommend drugs etc. My website is www.thehamstersite.com

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I have been keeping hamsters and other small animals for more than 12 years. My favourites are Syrian hamsters and I foster litters and 'difficult' hamsters for a rescue centre. My job is to tame hamsters ready for re-homing, which is extremely rewarding. I also enjoy looking after new litters and raising the pups. I have co-written a book on hamsters with my local vet and have a website: www.thehamstersite.com

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Hamsters in Sickness and in Health - Sheila Adby and Dan O'Neill ISBN186163218-5 (Capall Bann Publishing)

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Educated to A Level standard in the UK.

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