CAGE CLEANING GUIDE
It is recommended that you fully clean your pocket pet’s cage at least once weekly, possibly more or less depending on the species, number of animals, and whether or not they are litter box trained. You should wipe down the cage after spraying with one of the below-listed cleaners. Naturally derived* products are ideal when possible. Be sure that the cage is completely dry before you replace bedding and toys and let your foster pet back in it.
Dilute with water.
Dilute with water (1 part bleach to 32 parts water)
Be careful with these. You must be absolutely sure everything is completely dry before replacing the pet in its cage. Avoid heavily perfumed cleaners.
Spot clean poop and old food from the cage. If you notice that an unwashable item such as wood or lava items are extremely soiled or are foul-smelling, throw them away. Change water in the water bottle. Some animals, such as hedgehogs, may need their wheels cleaned daily.
Wash food bowls, water bottles, toys, and other furnishings (such as wheels and hides) at least once a week using dish soap. Sometimes it is easiest if you fill a sink or tub with soapy water, let the items soak, then rinse off and use a designated sponge for tough spots. Spray and wipe down all surfaces of the cage once weekly. If your foster pet uses hammocks or other washable bedding, wash them in your washing machine (or by hand.) If your washing machine is dirty after washing pet bedding, try running an empty cycle with white vinegar. Remember to always remove animals from the cage before you begin cleaning it. Be sure to wash your hands well with soap and water after cleaning cages! *Never use citrus products with male rats as this is very dangerous to them.
*Never use citrus products with male rats as this is very dangerous to them.
All information shared by MN Pocket Pet Rescue is researched, up to date, and accurate to the best of our ability. We are not a licensed veterinary organization and do not intend to present ourselves as such. All educational material contains our best recommendations for care specific to each species. However, all animals are different and some may have unique needs. MN Pocket Pet Rescue does not assume any liability for the well-being of any animal not under our care. Always use your best judgment and follow veterinary recommendations whenever necessary. If you have any questions or find inaccurate information please contact us.