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Healthy Rat Housing

A cage maintenance schedule ensures a clean environment for pet rats.

By Audrey Pavia

Tip 1: Clean your rat’s cage every day to reduce odor and keep your small pet healthy.

Tip 2: Remove soiled bedding daily and replace it with fresh bedding.

Tip 3: Wash food bowls and water bottles washed every day. Remove uneaten food each day.

Tip 4: Wash everything in your rat’s cage thoroughly once a week. This includes toys, the cage bottom and the bars. Use biodegradable dish soap and warm water to wash the cage and toys, as well as food bowls and water bottles. Rinse completely and let items dry in the sun.


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Every day? That seems a bit OCD. And I'm a neat freak. I will spot clean as I see it is needed but other than that, 1-2 times a week seems adequate if you have an appropriate sized dwelling for your ratties.
Moni, San Francisco, CA
Posted: 1/18/2013 6:14:20 AM
Cleaning cages when they begin to smell is fine.

You don't need to clean it every day *rolls eyes*.
Asa, Wisconsin, WI
Posted: 4/15/2010 4:41:34 PM
you shouldnt clean the cage everyday because your rat or mouse will not be able to smell its scent so it will urinate more to mark its territory every other or every three days other than that okay :)
hailey, jersey shore, PA
Posted: 10/22/2009 2:59:26 PM
Everyday???!!!
It doesn't smell that bad???!!!
I clean mine twice a week.
Ashley, Sanibel Island, FL
Posted: 8/25/2008 6:57:51 PM
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