It is not easy to train a chinchilla to use a litter box. The chinchilla cage easily becomes soiled because droppings fall to the bottom. The heavy urine stains can fill the cage with the smell of unpleasant strong scents. Furthermore the organic waste such as urine and feces transform into toxic ammonia. When the bedding is getting wet, bacteria or fungi may occur. That is why you need to be sure that your chinchilla has a clean and safe house to live in. If you are a first-time pet owner it can be hard for you to figure out what you should do and how. Follow these easy steps to ensure that the cage offers perfect living conditions.
Create a Cage Cleaning Schedule
As an exotic pet owner you have daily, weekly and monthly cleaning tasks. Decide on what you should do every day to control the risk of infection. Usually you will have to change bedding, clean the litter box and replace the water in the bottle. You need to schedule time each day to do this job. To avoid exposure to cleaning products scent, the best time to clean the cage is when the pet is playing outside the cage.
It is highly recommended to clean the wire mesh and accessories with wet cotton cloth or wet wipes once per week in winter and twice in summer.
The more difficult cleaning tasks have to be completed monthly. They are time and energy-consuming but if you have a cleaning plan and checklist these cleaning duties can be easy to handle. During the so-called deep clean, you have to remove the cage tray, shelves and toys. It is recommended that cage be thoroughly washed. A thorough cage cleaning should eliminate all organic compounds. Cage accessories can also accumulate dirt and waste, and are another breeding ground for bacteria.
Toys, food container and water bottle should be soaked, and fully scrubbed. Contaminated water or food can contain germs or bacteria.
The best way to clean the accessories and playthings is to place them in a bathtub and use a scrub brush to remove the debris. It may be helpful to apply soap or cage cleaner. Finally, towel dry all the things before returning them to the pet house.
A powerful organic antibacterial agent is vinegar. Apply it on stubborn spots and rinse well. It is not a good idea to use bleach to clean and sanitize the chinchilla cage because this solution can be harmful to your tiny and sensitive pet.
One of the most popular home-made cleanser recipes is to prepare a 10% baking soda-water solution or a mix of table salt and water.
There is a variety of odor removers offered online and in pet stores. You can use them to sanitize and clean your house floor but it is not recommended to treat the chinchilla cage with these solutions.
Quick Cleaning Check List
It is essential to assemble a non-toxic cleaning kit for cage sanitizing. It includes:
- Spray bottle with cleaning agent
- Scrub brushes
- Paper towels
- Wet wipes
- Single-use latex gloves
- Trash bags
- Light UV Flashlight Urine Detector.
The health and well being of your chinchilla pet is dependent on proper cleaning care. The cage cleaning schedule and checklist can help you provide comfortable living spaces for your cute pet.