A dirty cage can be a death sentence to your beloved animal friends. Here’s how to keep it spick and span.

Pay special attention to the food area

Animals cannot afford to keep waste products near their food cache, or allow food to mingle with their bedding materials. Doing so would diminish the size of already cramped quarters and potentially contaminate the precious foods it often takes so long to acquire .In particular, most small animals divide all of their waking hours between either searching for food or housekeeping tasks. This tendency doesn’t diminish when a small pet is taken out of nature and brought into a cage in your home – despite all you may do to keep your pet well fed, well groomed, and well cared for. In fact, these maintenance instincts may be heightened when an animal is kept as a pet.

Don’t use everyday cleaning products

Your pets may think they are people, but your cleaning products can be toxic to them.  What many people do not consider is how they clean their pet’s environment and what potential toxins may be introduced to it, despite the best of intentions. Our world is filled with products designed to minimize the effort and time it takes to maximize our hectic lives. While many of these products are wonderful cleaning additions to our homes, most are not designed for use around animals, who use smell and taste to continually explore their world.

Don’t forget the accessories

It may be tempting to just clean the inside of the cage, but that’s not going to help if you place dirty items back in it. Wash and disinfect any cage accessories, such as climbing shelves, dens, or beds, per the manufacturer’s cleaning instructions for each product. Rinse thoroughly and dry well!