How To Clean A Hamster Cage

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How to Deodorize a Hamster Cage

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Small animals like hamsters can put off more of a smell than you'd think a small creature would be capable of. The best way to keep the smell down is to clean the cage once a week. However, you can also take a few steps to make the cage less smelly, including litter training your hamster.


Cleaning and Deodorizing the Cage

  1. Place your hamster in a safe place.The best place is a small animal carrier. In fact, a cat carrier will work fine if the wire is close enough together on the door. You can also use a hamster ball, but make sure you have someone to supervise the hamster.
    • Consider wearing throwaway gloves for this process so you don't spread germs.
  2. Take everything out of the cage.Take all the toys, bowls, and shelters out of the cage. Shake the bedding out into a garbage bag. Make sure to not shake the bedding out in a food area, as small animals can carry bacteria such asSalmonella.
    • Everything in the cage can carry smells. Therefore, it's important to clean all parts of the cage, including the toys and accessories.
  3. Use a mild soap to clean the cage.Before deodorizing, clean the cage with a cleanser specifically made for hamster cages or a mild soap. You can use dishwashing soap, for instance, and hot water. Wash everything thoroughly, including the food and water bowls and the accessories.
    • Just be sure not to clean the cage in the kitchen because of the possibility of spreading bacteria. Outside or in the bathtub works best.
    • Use a dedicated sponge and soap to clean the cage, even if you're using dishwashing soap.
    • Using a basic soap gets out most of the feces and urine, helping to deodorize the cage.
  4. Deodorize.Pick a cleaner that will help deodorize. You can use an all-in-one cleaner to clean and deodorize or clean and then use a deodorizer. For instance, cleaning products with enzymes will help the cage smell better.
    • Simpler options include baking soda or vinegar after you've cleaned the cage with soap and water. To use baking soda, sprinkle some in the cage and wipe it clean with a wet sponge. For vinegar, wet the sponge with vinegar and use it to wipe down the cage.
  5. Rinse thoroughly.Once you are done, make sure you rinse the cage an accessories thoroughly. You don't want any residue left on the cage that could bother your hamster.
    • Rinsing gets rid of any smells that may bother your hamsters. While you don't want it to smell like hamster, you also don't want it to smell like cleaner to your hamster.
    • Let the cage dry before putting your animals back in.
  6. Put in fresh bedding.When choosing bedding, stick to aspen if you want to use wood chips. Other types of wood can be harmful to hamsters.You can also use shredded paper with the wood shavings or bedding made from recycled paper.
    • You also can use a couple of other plant-based beddings available at your pet store. These beddings are absorbent. Just be sure to pick one that is plant-based, not ones that are artificial.
    • If you use shredded paper, make sure to use paper without ink. However, paper won't absorb odors as well as other plant-based beddings. Aspen is better at hiding odors than paper, but it's not as good as the more absorbent plant-based beddings. The more absorbent the bedding is, the more it tends to hide odors.
    • To make sure your bedding is ready for your hamster, you can put it in a zip-top bag and let it sit in the freezer for 2 days. That way, any mites that might be living in it will die off.
  7. Wash your hands.When you're done, be sure to wash your hands thoroughly. Washing your hands helps prevent the spread of bacteria.

Keeping the Area Smelling Clean

  1. Clean the cage once a week.The best way to keep a hamster cage smelling fresh is to clean it often. Aim for at least once a week to help keep odors down.
    • If you have trouble remembering, try setting an alarm on your phone to go off when you need to clean the cage.
    • Try adding cage cleaning to your weekend chores, so you remember to do it each week.
  2. Add a layer of baking soda.Sprinkling baking soda on the bottom of the cage can help absorb odors. Just add the baking soda before you put in the hamster's bedding.
    • Baking soda is a good way to keep your cage smelling great, as it is readily available and very cheap.
  3. Always use fresh bedding.Whenever you clean the cage, make sure to always use fresh bedding. If you try to reuse bedding, it can contribute to the smell.
    • You need to change out the bedding because it can build urine and feces over time, even if you have a litter box.
    • However, some people suggest adding a bit of used bedding back in to help the hamster re-acclimate to the cage.
  4. Try a supplement.Pet stores offer supplements for small rodents. These supplements can help cut down on odors that your animals produce, which can cut down on odors overall.
    • Generally, these products either have yucca schidigera in them, or they are amino acid based.
    • More research needs to be done on how effective these are for hamsters, but they are generally safe.
  5. Ventilate the area.Whenever possible, get as much air flowing in the area to help clean out the smell. Try opening windows or running your air conditioner.
    • Another option is running air purifiers to help the air smell better.
    • You can also install better air filtration systems at the central level.

Using a Litter Box

  1. Train your hamster to use a litter box.One way to keep your hamster's cage smelling fresh is to train it to use a litter box. That way, you can change out the smelly part more often.
    • Not all hamsters can be trained. However, it is worth the effort to try if you want the room to smell better.
  2. Start by cleaning the whole cage.As you do, note where your hamster has been peeing, if possible. That way, you can use the same spot for a litter box.
    • To find the area where your hamster has been peeing, look for wet or soiled areas.
    • You might see clumped bedding in that area.
  3. Buy or create a litter box.You have a number of options for hamster litter boxes. You can buy a litter box designed specifically for hamsters, or you can make one.
    • You find litter boxes online or at pet stores.
    • Alternatively, you can use boxes, as well as plastic, glass, or ceramic dishes. Boxes absorb pee and you can throw them away, but you may find that your hamster chews them up. You can cut tissue boxes shorter for this purpose. Glass, plastic, and ceramic all work well, but you may find your hamster stands on the edge and still pees outside the box.
  4. Fill the litter box.Add sand or small animal litter. You can use play sand for this purpose, but you need to sterilize it first. Litter is also an option, but it can be more expensive. It does absorb odors, though.
    • If you use play sand, be sure to sterilize it in the oven by baking it at a low temperature for an hour or two. You can keep the sand in giant covered bucket for use.
    • Pet stores do sell sand for chinchillas that is already sterilized, but it is more expensive. Hamsters like the feel of sand.
  5. Put it in the bathroom corner.Stick the litter box where the hamster has already been going to the bathroom. It can help to stick some soiled bedding in there that already smells like the hamster.
    • You are trying to play on the hamster's habits. If the hamster has already chosen one place to go to the bathroom, you can use that to help train it.
    • Sticking soiled bedding in it helps it smell like the hamster, which encourages it to go there.
  6. Change the litter.While you can change the litter more often than you clean the cage, try not to change it every day. Your hamster likes habits, and when you change the habitat to often, it will get upset.
    • Instead of changing the whole litter, you can also use a scoop to pull out feces and pee (if you see wet spots).
    • As the litter gets low, replace it.

Community Q&A

  • Question
    Can I use washing up liquid to clean the cage?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    Generally hand soap and other common use soaps are not safe for animals. Even the residue can kill the hamster. Instead, use something specifically designed for pets such as Nature's Miracle or even Dawn dish soap, as these are safe for animals.
  • Question
    Can you use a lemon essential oil?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    No. I recommend just burning candles in the room the pet is in and then spot cleaning the cage every day.
  • Question
    How do I train them to use the litter box?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    Try putting the litter box closer to the food. Make sure the hamster's food and litter box are raised away from any sand or shavings. That way after eating, it will go to the closest toilet.
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