Those who keep small rodents (hamsters, ferrets ...) or ornamental birds (parrots, canaries ...) will have to provide forcleaning the cageand its accessories: perches, feeders, bowls, drinkers, cage bottoms ... To ensure proper hygiene, we will explainhow to clean the bird cageand other small pets.
How to clean the bird cage, the bottoms of the cages
Certainly the dirtiest part is the bottom of the cage. Most ofbird cagesand small rodents, has a plastic bottom that must be disassembled, emptied, brushed and then washed.
To carry out the washing, it is recommended to use an acid detergent in order to remove the calcareous deposits that form on the bottom of the cage. To avoid damage to the mucous membranes of the respiratory tract birds and rodents, it is recommended not to use perfumed detergents.
If thecagehas a sheet metal bottom, cleaning is done by soaking the sheet in hot water and then carefully drying it to prevent the metal from deteriorating.
Once you have removed the plastic or metal bottom, you will need to providecleaningof the lower metal grille. The metal grids of the bottoms ofbird cages, must be frequently cleaned of excrement, for this purpose it is better to use a stiff bristle brush or an abrasive sponge, this operation must be carried out under running hot water.
How to clean the bird cage,the accessories
The perches are placed in the cagesand in the aviaries of birds and their cleaning is part of ordinary maintenance works. The perches must be cleaned with an abrasive sponge under running water; to facilitate cleaning, leave the roost to soak for about twenty minutes in a bowl with hot water. When placing perches, make sure they are not below the dropping line when birds are perched on the edge of a feeder.
- Feeder and bowl
If for the perches the cleaning it does not have a specific frequency (it all depends on the number of birds and the size), feeders and bowls must be washed at least once a week. The materials they are made of are usually plastic, stainless steel, ceramic or terra cotta, these are easy to wash materials. Wash feeders and bowls with classic dish detergent and be careful to rinse thoroughly. A greatnatural cleanserlemon is used for cleaning feeders and bowls: the use of an abrasive sponge soaked in lemon juice (or vinegar) can be useful for removing limescale deposits.
To clean the drinking trough, if it is cylindrical in shape, arm yourself with a very common toothbrush.