The poopwheel and other pooping adventures

Published January 6, 2013 by Kokomo

Because let’s be honest. We all have something with poop. We all do it, even though some women I know will deny it until they die. Some of us even have fetishes with it. I wouldn’t go that far. Not nearly. But since I have pet rats, poop is a part of my daily routine.

Luckily my ladies are potty trained. That is to say, they don’t poop outside the cage unless they are very stressed (which they hardly ever are). They used to be potty trained inside the cage as well. Took me 7 months of patience and switching bottom fillers, but we got there. Until I got the new cage.

I can seriously put their tiolet anywhere I want, they will flip it over and throw out the corbo (corn that absorbs realy well) and poop wherever they like. They even pooped UNDER the towel that I put on the bottom for them….

poop and corbo evewhere

poop and corbo evewhere

But what suprises me the most is their always existing desire to poop in the Silent Spinner.

silent spinner

This is what a Silent Spinner is supposed to look like. You can take off the base of the wheel and attach it to the cage on the inside, which is even better, so I have.

If you look at pictures of my cage, you will see it in there. Here and here. Some rats are runners, some aren’t. Koko isn’t one of them, I have only once seen her carefully put one paw on the wheel. Ruma on the other hand used to be a very enthusiastic runner. Not so much now, but she still uses it. What I seriously don’t understand, and why I took it out of the old cage, is that one of them poops in it. I am not sure who it is, I’d think it’s something for Koko but since I’ve never seen her in there, I can’t be sure. But I can’t figure out why Ruma would poop in it. The problem is, when the poop is try, when she runs, it rattles like madness, and of course she only uses it at night, when I try to sleep. When the poop is wet, she tramples on it and it gets smeared out. This doesn’t only look gross, it smells like hell opened up a door in that cage. It is horrible. I used to have the wheel all the way tucked away in the back. Now I have moved it to the front so it’s easier to take out and clean. I just don’t understand why… why? WHY???

A poopy wheel

A poopy wheel

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