Sanitizing Your Small Pets Cage

It is vital for the health of your pet (and you) that you keep your pet’s cage clean and sanitary. The confined environment of a cage provides an ideal setting for microbe growth, especially due to the presence of the animal’s urine and feces. Because of this, cleaning must go beyond simply removing visible dirt and waste products, and aside from daily cleaning, cages should be disinfected at least once a week.

Cage Cleaning Supplies

In order to execute a thorough cage cleaning, you'll need: water, sponges, brushes, towels, pet-safe cleaning products, gloves and protective eye-wear. Remember to choose your cleaning products with care. Pets can be very sensitive to cleaning chemicals. What might be safe for you may result in illness or even death for your pet. Avoid these risks by using sanitizing products made especially for your pet. For example, with small animals like gerbils or ferrets, use only cleaning supplies labeled for use with those animals.

Daily Cleaning Checklist

  • Wash food and water bowls. Dry before replacing.
  • Remove soiled bedding.
  • Change litter.
  • Wipe away visible dirt and waste on the interior and interior of the cage.
  • Clean dirt or waste products from pet toys and accessories.

You may need to add to this checklist, depending on the type of pet you have and the cage condition. If the cage is dirty enough to require cleaning products, move the pet to a temporary holding area while you clean and until the cage has dried completely. 

Weekly Cleaning

  • Move pet to a temporary holding area.
  • Remove all items from the cage. Wash cage accessories with pet-friendly cleaner and disinfectant and set these items aside to dry.
  • Discard all litter and old bedding material.
  • Scrub the cage with a brush and sponge, using soap and hot water or a pet-safe cleaner.
  • Rinse the cage in hot water and allow it to dry completely.
  • Replace all cage items once they have been cleaned and dried.

Like the daily checklist, this weekly cleaning list may vary depending on your cage's condition.  Ensure that your cleaning routine fits your schedule, but is frequent enough to maintain a safe, sanitized environment for your precious pet.