How to Clean Your Pocket Pet’s Cage

Pocket pets—hamsters, guinea pigs, gerbils, mice, rats, etc.—need their cages cleaned regularly to maintain a healthy environment. Learn how to keep your pet’s cage clean and fresh from a Fort Bend veterinarian.

Gather Supplies

To properly clean your pocket pet’s cage, you’ll need rubber gloves to protect your hands, paper towels or cleaning cloths, brushes, sponges, and a putty knife or other tool for working on hard crusty spots.

Move Your Pet

Before beginning, move your pet to a secondary cage. You’ll leave him in there until his main cage is completely cleaned, dried, and reassembled. Put the secondary cage in another room so there’s no chance of your pet coming in contact with hazardous cleaning chemicals or fumes.

Clean the Cage

Now you can start cleaning. Remove water dishes, food dishes, and any toys or wheels. Wash these thoroughly with soap and water and let them air dry. Then get rid of all the soiled bedding and litter in the cage.

Once the cage is completely empty, set about washing the inside walls and floor. Use your sponges, cloths, or brushes, and scrub all surfaces with hot water and soap. Use the putty knife or another sharp-edged item to remove any tough spots.

Rinse the cage thoroughly with clean water once you’re done cleaning. At this point, you can use a disinfectant if you desire. Check with your Fort Bend veterinarian to ask about what sort of disinfectant solution would be safest to use. Always allow everything to fully dry before putting things back together.


Once everything is cleaned and dry, you can reassemble the cage. Put fresh bedding and litter back into the cage and replace the food and water dishes, toys, and exercise wheels or other cage items. Place your pocket pet back in his newly-cleaned cage and let him enjoy his fresh new environment!


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