Does your pet rat seem to like to use the bathroom on you every time you get him or her out?
Why the Rats Love to Wee and Poo On Us!
- You previously held another rat, and the new rat is trying to cover you in his/her scent.
- The rat might have a health issue and cannot contain it.
- The rat has no litter area when outside of the cage.
- You picked the rat up while it was sleeping.
- It’s super scared/timid, and it may be terrified of being held.
Using Litter Box Training for Rats
Pet fancy rats can be litter box trained! I know it may seem crazy, but litter training pet rats can definitely keep you from having to deal with this issue. They begin to associate litter boxes with toilets, and will actively seek one out to potty. Once the rat is trained, keep a litter box nearby for your pet rat to eliminate in when being handled. This could fix your issue completely if it is done correctly. This may not resolve territorial urine marking, but it will help spare you from excessive amounts of ratty waste. Just remember that you will need to use a large litter box that the rat can comfortably fit in; rabbit litter boxes are actually the perfect size for them. In addition, it is important to NEVER use clay litters. Instead, brands like Yesterday’s News provide safe alternatives that won’t harm the rat’s digestive system.
Spaying and Neutering Pet Rats to Help End Territorial Urine Marking
Give Them Alone Time After Naps!
If you are waking your pet rat from naps and holding them, you should not continue to do this unless you want to be covered in urine and feces. Instead, just give the rat some time to wake up and go potty. Just like us, rats tend to go to their litter boxes or potty corners before they really start their morning. You could even pick the rat up and set him or her down in the potty area, and soon the pet rat will be trained to go potty when you place him or her in the potty area.