How To Deodorize Hamster Homes
This is how to prevent your hamster cages from getting smelly.
Hi. My name's Marie. I'm the deputy manager of the Small Animal Department of Wood Green Animal Shelters in Cambridge here and I'm going to advise you how to care for hamsters.
I'm going to tell you how to deodorize your hamster cage. The most important thing is keeping your hamster cage clean and cleaning it out regularly. A smelly hamster cage can often mean that you're not keeping up to date with your cleaning for them.
A hamster cage should be cleaned once a week and you can scoop out dirty areas each day. So, if they're using a certain toilet area, refresh this daily with some fresh bedding. Secondly, you need to consider the bedding you're using.
Short chopped shredded paper or Carefresh is a brilliant use of bedding for the base of their cage. Carefresh is a chopped egg carton material and it is absorbent so that will absorb the urine as well. A real nice thick layer of this on the base of the cage will help for them to rummage around in but also for them if they want to use it as a toilet area.
You should also be using shredded soft tissue paper for their sleeping areas. Monitor their sleeping areas regularly because it might be that they're using that as a toilet as well so you may need to refresh that every couple of days. When you're cleaning out your hamster cage, make sure you are removing everything and cleaning everything.
Take the hamster from the cage, remove all of the toys and completely spray everything down with a pet disinfectant. Clean all the bars and all the sides down. Wash it all out and wipe it down.
All the toys should be removed and washed down as well with a pet disinfectant. Once that's done, you can then refresh them with clean new toys and add variation. If you're hamster is smelling quite a bit in its accommodation and you are keeping up to date with this, it may be worth taking your hamster to the vet.
There is a possibility it may have a urine infection or possibly also the beginning or wet tail. So please take this seriously, if you do are concerned about it, take them to the vet for further advice. And that's how to deodorize a hamster cage. .