What’s a Pee Rock, How Do I Use It?
A pee rock is a rock that is sworn by in the world of experienced rat owners, trainers, and breeders. Pee rocks are named as such because they are used to encourage territorial marking and urination. They are placed inside of a rat’s litter box, persuading the rat to use the box instead of the cage. If you haven’t tried the pee rock, you should today! It is one of the most useful tools when training rats to use a litter box. We’ll even show you where to get them!
What Exactly Does a Pee Rock Look Like?
The proper pee stone should be somewhat rounded, with a smooth or slightly roughed surface. Click the image to the left to see an Amazon example of some great stones to use! It can have a porous surface as well; this will actually help to hold in some scent after you wash it with the litter box during cage cleanings. You might refer to these stones as river rocks or as smooth pebbles; but they need to be at least one third of the size of your rat. Or, you can use several small pebbles that will encourage the rat to mark multiple times, reducing the amount of urine in his or her bladder. Both methods will work- but the stone must be large enough for the rat to rub his or her bottom against. The stone actually stimulates urination!
Why Do Rats Use Pee Stones?
For some odd reason, whether it be the smooth hard surface or the fact that the rock stands out from its surroundings, rats are attracted to urinating on the stones. They will drag their rear ends across the rock frequently, refreshing the urine that was already on the stone. When multiple rats live in a cage, it only gets better! They will all compete to be the last one to mark the stone. Perhaps the fact that the stone stands out from its surroundings encourages the rat to use it as a territorial marking. They might think that this marker would make a great “flag” attracting other rats, so that they come close enough to receive the message.
How Do I Implement a Pee Stone into My Litter Training Method?
It’s actually quite simple to implement a peeing rock into your rat’s litter training. First, ensure that you have a litter box with litter in the cage. Next, place soiled litter or feces from all around the cage in the litter box. Now, you’ll ensure that the rest of the cage is clean; but be careful to NOT deep clean cage accessories. You do not want to eliminate their scent from cage items, you simply want to clean the cage floor. Eliminating their scent from cage objects will encourage them to mark them again. You do not want this to happen.
Once the cage is set up for litter training, you can now add your pee stone to the ratty litter box. Sit back, and watch the magic happen! This is all there is to it; the rats will naturally gravitate towards the litter box and the stone. Allow the litter box to stay a bit stinky while keeping the cage clean. The rats prefer to urinate and defecate in a stinky part of the cage, keeping their living quarters clean.