Hiya! Just a quick question, what is the best way to deal with the smell that comes with those little fuzzballs? I’ve noticed that even though I keep their cage clean as can be and even when I just cleaned it it still smells. It can’t be that it stuck to the cage because I have just gotten a new one ( like two days ago). Thank you!
That’s great you’re looking into this—-Many people mistakenly believe it’s normal and unavoidable to have a bad smell coming from their pet rats’ cage. This is simply not true! There’s no reason your rats’ cage should be smelly.
Besides using cloth bedding, plain newsprint is inexpensive and easy to replace daily which greatly helps to reduce (and even do away with) odors.
Both materials easily absorb urine. The only way to get rid of the smell is to get rid of the object itself. If you do use cardboard boxes and/or wooden toys inside your rats’ cage, these should be replaced regularly.
T-shirts, hammocks and fleece floor linings can also absorb and retain the odor of urine. The healthiest way to keep cloth items smelling fresh is to add a cup of distilled white vinegar to each load of laundry. Also, be sure and use laundry detergent that’s labeled “Free and Clear” (i.e. No perfumes or dyes).
If not, this is a great way to both make cleaning up after them easier as well as to keep your cage as odor-free as possible. Here’s an article on How to Litter Box Train Your Rats.
I hope at least some of the above questions help you figure out how to get rid of the bad smell. You’re probably already well aware that odors can cause significant health problems for pet rats, especially if the smell is due to urine buildup.
Remember, if YOU can smell anything bad, the odor is 100X stronger for a rat’s finely-tuned sense of smell. Since rats can detect the scent of landmines and tuberculosis, just think how powerful the odor that you’re smelling is for your rats!
Best Wishes to You & Your Rats,
Jasmine | About Pet Rats
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