When our little friends develop an odor within their cage the smell can quickly make its way throughout the home. The aroma of soiled woodchips and sour urine is one that can cause most pet owners to question their motives for owning a pint-sized critter companion and question the existence of veterinary conditions.
Fortunately, there are several practices that can be adopted to minimize these smells within the home and make sure that pet related odors remain within the cage. By following the below principles, you can rest assured that the scent your caged pal will not take over your household.
Pet Deodorizating Solutions
1 Replace Bedding on Schedule
It is important that you remember to change bedding for you pet on schedule. Failure to change bedding on the advised basis of you pet can quickly lead to an odor developing within the cage. Once this odor develops, the cage can become increasingly challenging to clean and cause the nearby rooms to begin to smell. In short, be sure to know how often you should change you pet cage and follow it religiously.
2 Scrub Cage & Accessories
Though the bedding may be getting changed on a regular basis, it is important to scrub down the cage, accessories and underlying box. Pet urine and residues have a way of building up on these surfaces and beginning to smell with time. Remove your caged critter, and layout all parts of the cage on the grass for a thorough spray down. Using a hose, spray down the cage and scrub area all loose degree and residues with an old rag. Once you have allowed the cage, box and accessories to air dry reassemble the cage and place your critter back inside.
3 Strategic Cage Location
It is important to select an area within your home that it not connected to your main living space. It is ideal if this location received some natural light and has close proximity to window that can be opened to provide fresh circulation. Mud rooms exist within many homes, and provide the perfect space for the placement of your pet’s cage.
4 Use a Pet Odor Absorber
There are several pet related products that utilize activated charcoal odor absorbers to control odors of pet cages within the home. Many are made especially for rodent and bird cages and are engineered to clip directly onto the cages. Many last several months to half a year so you will not need to change out the charcoal absorber anytime soon.
5 Air Freshener Next to Cage
When all else fails, you can plug in an air freshener within the same room as the pet’s cage. This will help to cover and mask any pet related odors that may develop between bedding changes and cage cleanings. As an added benefit, the room in which you run this freshener will have a pleasant and stimulation scent of your choosing.
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