My mistake, I use Scoop Away, not Fresh Step. I did a lot of experimenting too, before I finally settled on Scoop Away. I always used huge, oversized litter boxes and still do, but that means you really don't want to clean the whole thing at once, so I go with clumping.
I was wrong about Piggy's cage though. I'll still have to clean it every week. The cage only sits about 3 feet from me and last night I noticed, yeah, needs cleaned out after exactly a week. In the smaller cage he just went everywhere. In this bigger one, he's chosen a corner. Still, he does a little something everywhere, so I won't get away with cleaning part of it. My head is still spinning from how much he eats, and how disturbingly little he drinks. I'm told he gets most of his water from his food, (mostly celery, carrots and grapes) but it's hard to imagine that's enough. Still, one small corner of the cage is wet so, he's getting it somewhere. I use ground up paper for his litter, which isn't particularly absorbent, but I don't know what would be better. John
You should try putting a small low sided pan in the corner he uses and have some litter or sand (a few times I bought a sand based litter but that was a long time ago). That may be how to start training?
I make it a point to not use any litter with fragrance. I currently usually use a Tidy Cat litter that comes in 40 or 45lbs boxes. Over the years we tried all kinds of funky litter. One, a corn based, ^Orion^ would sit int he box and eat so I had to toss it fast. Oddly ^Orion^ LOVED the smell of bleach too. For ^Leo^ I had to use a cedar/pine based litter so it was soft enough for his declawed paws (I hate someone did that to him). Okocat makes a pine based clumping litter (not the pellets, but a crumb type) and I used that for a while. I used to use a walnut litter, but I seemed to have an alergic reaction to it so stopped.
PErhaps one day in the far future when we have transporters, we (and our pets) will just have the stool beamed out of our intestines and no more mess. ;)
Yes, I've read that they can be litter box trained, although I don't know how you'd do it. Cats thankfully, don't need any training. They just know. Piggy's cage isn't really as big as they recommend, but we just don't have the space for anything bigger. They recommend a 4 by 8 foot cage for 2 guinea pigs, which would leave plenty of litter box space, but Piggy's would have to be so small, I don't know how it would work. In this larger cage, he seems to go mainly in one corner, but I think I'll still have to clean the whole thing out at least every 2 weeks. Of course, it'll be more work than cleaning out the old one, but I'm really glad he has the extra space now.
Speaking of litter boxes, someone gave me an enormous box of Arm & Hammer clumping litter. (Fresh Step seems to work the best for me.) The Arm & Hammer works pretty well, if not quite as well as my brand, but one thing about it, it smells for all the world like stale beer! You don't smell it until you stir it around but when you do, it's unmistakable. Thankfully, it doesn't seem to bother the cat, at least no more than it bothers me. Well, as the expression goes, "Work with whatcha got". John
I read that a Guinea pig can be litterbox trained, though not easy to do. Have you considered trying that?
We found a small cage at a yard sale just before we got Piggy last July, but he very quickly outgrew it, so we got him a somewhat larger one. Well, keeping it clean was a weekly chore and that was about as long as I dare let it go. So, last night we went out and got Piggy a new cage. It's immense. He's got room in there he doesn't know what to do with. It'll be harder to clean out but maybe I won't have to do it so often. It's about 40 inches long and a foot and a half wide, which doesn't sound like much, but it looks enormous next to his old one, and it takes up a big chunk of the living room.
The hail and the thunder this morning had to be upsetting to Piggy, especially being in a new environment, but he seems happy again. I think it'll be a lot healthier for him, getting fresher air and more exercise. John