Generally, hedgehogs are not extremely smelly animals. Cleaning their enclosures on a regular basis will ensure that will be odor-free. Furthermore, this will also ensure that no harmful bacteria will thrive inside the cage. Below is a list of important reminders that you should follow when cleaning a hedgehog cage.
Basic Cleaning Tools
- Hydrogen peroxide
- White vinegar
- Small pail
- In a small pail, combine the hydrogen peroxide, water, and white vinegar. This will create a potent cleaning agent that is safer than bleach, and more efficient in eliminating harmful bacteria.
- Transfer your hedgehog in a temporary container.
- Remove the accessories and toys inside the cage and start cleaning them. Using a rag that is dampened with the cleaning solution, gently wipe each item until they are spot-free and odorless.
- Remove the bedding and transfer them in a separate container. Bedding material that cannot be turned into compost should be thrown away immediately. Fabric cloths, on the other hand, should be placed in the washing machine.
- Wipe the entire enclosure using the dampened rag. Let it dry for a few minutes.
- Add the new bedding material.
- Carefully return the accessories and toys in their proper positions. Afterwards, transfer your hedgehog back in its cage.
General cleaning should be done every week. Depending on your pet’s activity, the cage bedding should be changed regularly so that the odor from the animal’s waste will not be too pungent. Keep in mind that a hedgehog has a very keen sense of smell. In order to motivate the animal to use its litter box you have to clean it thoroughly until it is devoid of any scent. If the bleach and white vinegar solution is not enough to remove the odor, you can clean the litter box using lime extract that is mixed with water.