Tips on cleaning pet rat cages

Tips on cleaning pet rat cages


Maintaining and keeping your rat cages or habitat clean is essential to the health and well-being of your pet rat. Cleaning for one rat may seem easy but, the more rats you have, the more frequently you will have to clean.

Here are some ways you could keep your pet rat's cage clean.


Daily cleaning routine

  1. Replace all soiled bedding or litter with fresh bedding and litter every day.
  2. Apart from carrying out a visual inspection, ensure you perform a sniff test for all cloth items by putting your nose right up to the cloth. It cloth items font smell fresh, remove and replace
  3. Always empty water bottles and refill with fresh water every day.
  4. Get rid of any food not eaten


Weekly cleaning routine

  1. Twice a week, ensure you dust the room where your  Rat Cages is kept. You could do this by placing your rats in a travel carrier and taking them to another room so the loud vacuuming sounds don’t frighten or excite them.
  2. Even though you have to empty water bottles and refill them with clean water every day, every week, thoroughly clean all water bottles using a bottle brush and dish detergent and rinse fully. In order not to forget to carry out this chore, you could place water bottles and sipper in the top rack of your dishwasher. Most importantly, be sure to rinse bottles completely after they’ve been washed in the dishwasher.
  3. If your rat cage accumulates any organic material like feces or food particles, you can proceed to wash its home. Use any of our Rat Healthcare materials to carry this out.
  4. Your rat home must be disinfected every week to combat infections that must have accumulated as a result of organic materials like faces and food particles. An F10SC Animal Safe veterinary Disinfect can help with that.


Monthly cleaning routine

  1. Monthly cleaning is regarded as the deepest cleaning of your pet's home because for this process, your pet's cage has to be dismantled.
  2. After your pet cage has been dismantled, the entire cage should be sprinkled with non-toxic, pet-friendly anti-bacterial spray, and scrubbed thoroughly.
  3. After spraying and scrubbing, rinse down the cage with hot water to make sure all residue is gone.
  4. The same process should be repeated for toys and accessories, food, water containers, and every other thing in the cage.
  5. All bedding and litter should also be replaced.


How to Set Up a Cage to Make Cleaning Easier

While running around the cage, your rats can get urine on of items both inside and out of it. When cleaning, you need to wipe down areas surrounding their cages, like walls and flooring.

You can also use sheets of plastic protectors for carpet and furniture to set the cage on. These are cheap and easily wiped down.

If your cage has multiple levels comprising of wire shelves, there is a possibility that what is below them is getting peed on. Remove levels entirely and replace them with hammocks or climbing toys. You can also devise new shelves that don't allow urine to travel.


In conclusion, we recommend you write down and keep a schedule for your cleanings. This is helpful, especially at first, before you have that mental alarm clock that lets you know when you’re due for a weekly or monthly cleaning.

Never use air fresheners or toxic cleaning times for your rat home. Need help with getting the appropriate cleaning and disinfecting abrasives? Click here Healthcare & Cleaning

If you do these things, We bet your rat know will know you love them even more.

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