Cleaning a rabbit cage is not the most pleasant thing, but it can be as simple as possible. If you strictly adhere to the schedule, cleaning your pet’s cage will become just one of the daily activities, no more difficult to do than all the other chores around the housework.
There are no hard rules regarding how often a rabbit cage needs to be cleaned. However, if you clean up a little bit every day, this will keep your pet’s housing clean. The “general cleaning” of the cage must be done at least once a week. However, if the rabbit is not accustomed to the tray, or the cage is not too large, more frequent cleaning will be needed. The same applies to the cage with several rabbits – it must be thoroughly cleaned several times a week.
Remove from the cage all the uneaten fresh food (greens, vegetables, etc.). It is best to do this twice a day: in the morning and in the evening. Remove hay from the floor of the cage. If you are not using a broomstick, at least take out the soaked and stained hay.
Wash the feeders and water bottle, pour fresh water to the rabbit.
Eliminate small mess: wipe away spilled water or feces outside the tray. These actions will greatly facilitate weekly cell cleaning.
The tray also needs to be checked and cleaned on a daily basis. This is also important because it makes it possible to observe the rabbit feces and notice deviations in time that speak of health problems. However, the frequency of changing the filler and cleaning the tray depends largely on what type of filler you use and in what quantity. If the tray is a thin layer of filler, the tray must be cleaned daily. If the filler layer is thicker, it can be limited to cleaning every three days. Vinegar is an excellent tool for cleaning trays, as it dissolves calcium deposits formed due to the urine of the animal.
Remove all accessories from the cage and remove all litter.
Wipe the cage well with hot water and vinegar. If your pet’s cage is small, you can disassemble it and clean it in the bathroom.
Wash the feeders, water bottle, bowl and tray with hot water. Clean all dirty toys and accessories.
The cage must be disinfected periodically, but any means must be thoroughly washed. Do not use disinfectants to clean wooden cages (wood absorbs chemicals). To clean the metal cage, you can use a 10% bleach solution. In it, you can soak all accessories for about half an hour, but do not forget to rinse them very carefully!
Vinegar is an excellent tool for cleaning rabbit’s cage, and especially for the tray. The rodent’s urine contains calcium salts, which harden and accumulate on the floor of the cage and in the tray. Vinegar very effectively dissolves them. Keep vinegar in a spray bottle to quickly clean the tray and soiled parts of the cage. Especially the “stubborn” deposits can be filled with vinegar and allowed to stand for 10-20 minutes.
If the rabbit is accustomed to the tray, and you use a quality filler, cleaning the cage will be significantly easier and more pleasant. The same applies to bedding material – it must absorb moisture well.
When choosing a cage, think about how easy it will be to wash it. Wood surfaces absorb urine and are very difficult to clean.
If the rabbit is neutered or spayed, it does not mark the cage, and it also makes cleaning easier.
Do not wash the accessories and the tray in the kitchen sink – it is better to use the sink in the bathroom or the bath itself, and after they are disinfected.
Plan your cleaning in advance at a convenient time for you, and then stick to the schedule, without delaying this activity for later.