Rabbits may not be as common as a pet as dogs and cats are as pets. However, many people still own and adore them.
That is because they are cute, cuddly, and playful even inside their cage or hutch. And because they are playful (not just outside the cage/hutch but also inside it) things can get quite messy in their homes.
So if you are new to taking care of bunnies, and you bought them a cage or a hutch, you might be wondering exactly how to clean a rabbit cage. Well, we have some tips for you below.
How To Clean a Rabbit Cage or Hutch
Here are a couple of things you need to do to keep your bunny’s mini habitat clean:
First , put it in your daily schedule to do a little cleaning on your bunny’s little home.
But before proceeding with cleaning your pet’s hutch or cage, remove the bunny first and let him/her explore. This will help cleaning much easier. Plus it gives your bunny plenty of space to hop around.
The first thing to do is to remove leftover food twice a day or each time your bunny finishes eating. This will help in preventing harmful bacteria from spawning in your rabbit’s hutch.
And of course, make sure to wash its dish with soap and water.
Now for the next step, just like with food, clean and refill your bunny’s water bottle every day to make sure that your pet is drinking clean water rather than risk it being possibly contaminated.
Then proceed to clean small messes like water spills and urine clamps found outside of the box.
If it is necessary, you can replace them with a new stack of fresh hay and bedding.
After that, you need to scoop the litter area. The litter area is where your pet usually defecates or urinates. This will help in maintaining a nice odor in your bunny’s hutch plus it will also lessen the risk of bacteria buildup which can cause harm for your pet bunny.
What NOT To Do When Cleaning Your Bunny’s Cage
Now those are the essential things that you need to do to keep your bunny’s cage clean. However, when cleaning your pet’s cage, there are certain don’ts as well.
One of the things that you should not do when cleaning is using certain types of oil as your cleaner. Oils such as essential and herbal oils can be harmful to your pet’s health. Here are some of the oils that you must try to avoid using when cleaning a rabbit’s cage:
- Tea tree oil
- Clove oil
- Wintergreen oil
- Anise oil
Also, some of you may want your bunny’s cage to smell good. The best thing to do it that way is by cleaning it through the steps above. Do not use air fresheners or chemicals to give the cage a good odor as it may be harmful to your pet.
Should You Bathe Your Bunny?
But what if my bunny is dirty, and it always causes the cage to get dirty? Should I bathe it?
The answer to that is no. Never bathe or let your bunny get wet. Instead, try brushing their fur gently and clean them with a damp cloth.