Why Do Guinea Pigs Poop Where They Sleep?

December 10, 2023

Whether it’s the wagging of a dog’s tail or the sight of a cat purring on your lap, there’s something special about the company of a pet. Sharing your home with a pet can make you feel good about life and turn even the worst day around.

While many people are interested in adopting a pet, some may find that caring for a new animal can be overwhelming. In addition to food, water, and shelter, you’ll also need to consider the needs of your pet’s health and behavior. This includes grooming, exercise, and, of course, pooping. Unlike other pets, such as cats and dogs, guinea pigs don’t tend to keep a clean slate or separate their sleeping and pooping areas.

In the wild, guinea pigs have wide open spaces to explore. They may snooze in one area, then run to another spot to poop or pee. Pet guinea pigs, on the other hand, live in smaller cages without yards upon yards of territory to explore. They don’t have a choice but to keep a habit of sleeping and pooping where they are most comfortable.

If you want your pet to stop pooping where they sleep, try encouraging them to use their litter box during floor time. Line a specific area of their cage with litter and give them lots of praise when they start using it regularly. This will help them recognize the area as their potty spot and make it a safer place to go potty than outside their cage.


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