Cleaning in a hamster cage is an integral part of caring for a hamster of any breed. It is dangerous to be in a dirty cage, an unpleasant smell emanates from it, such housing does not look aesthetically pleasing. It is necessary to clean systematically: if the home is clean, the chances of picking up pathogenic microbes are minimal. But on the other hand, cleaning a hamster’s cage is stress, because the baby “puts things in order” in the home to your taste.
The hamster is worried about everything that is wrong: he does not like the permutation, and also that part of the reserves has disappeared. Each owner needs to decide how often it is necessary to clean the hamster’s cage and find a “middle ground” so as not to harm the pet and not tolerate an unpleasant odor.
Hamster cage cleaning is carried out every 2-3 weeks. For a hamster, this is stress, in order to minimize it, you need to know the structure of the home. As in an apartment in people, the rodent’s housing is divided into zones: in one corner there is a toilet, in the other there is a bedroom, there are also places for training and eating. A special place is reserved for the pantry, food reserves are stored here, to destroy them, then doom the baby to serious stress. Compared to humans, it is like a robbery. Therefore, to remove unpleasant odors and restore order, you need to clean only spoiled foods. If several pets live in a cage, do not move their supplies.
Important steps in cleaning a rodent’s home
Cleaning the hamster cage begins with the fact that the owner removes the animal itself. You need to put him in a safe place so that he does not run away. To do this, use a carry or can. To begin with, we change the litter, while doing this so as not to destroy the buildings of the animal or to do this to a minimum.
The pan is washed under clean running water. If the pollution is serious, you can use a baby detergent or shampoo for hamsters. With detergents, you need to be careful not to cause an allergic reaction in the animal.
You need to know how to wash a hamster’s cage, a sleeping house and dishes: a feeding trough, a drinking bowl. The main rule is to do it manually using a brush. After everything is washed, wipe dry. Then we change the litter. To prevent the rodent from smelling completely, leave some of the old chips.
This does not end the care of the cell; you need to wipe the rods with a clean, damp cloth. For the cleaning to go right, pay attention to each fixture, wipe the wheel, the mazes, the stairs. Wooden accessories are wiped with a brush, a clean cloth or a napkin without the use of detergents, as the baby nibbles them. If you decide to clean the cage, do not forget to wash the drinker and fill it with clean water.
What to look for?
You already know how to clean a hamster’s cage, but there are a number of points that you need to pay attention to:
- Dirty litter and excrement. These areas need to be cleaned more thoroughly.
- Remove residual feed scattered around the cage.
- If the walls are dirty, wipe them well.
- The unpleasant smell of the home can not be filled with fresheners, you just need to more thoroughly wash the tray, dry and ventilate.
Before cleaning, you need to prepare the necessary equipment:
- clean rags;
- a gentle disinfectant that can be used to treat the cell, for example, laundry soap (bleach cannot be used, otherwise the hamster may be poisoned and die);
- clean litter (shavings / special filler / clean wipes).
It is very important to wash everything that is in the home, even if the accessories are clean. They can be sprayed with diluted in water detergent or a solution of soda, then washed in running water and dried.
The cell will dry faster in direct sunlight, in addition, it is a good disinfectant. You can assemble it and install accessories only after everything is clean and dry.
Now you know how to clean the hamster’s cage so that the stress from the procedure is minimal. The cleaning procedure is almost the same for different breeds: Dzungarian and Syrian babies do not like to touch their stocks equally. The only difference is that the dzhungarik is more aggressive, so be careful – your pet can be offended and, if possible, bite your finger.