Cleaning your rodent's cage
Keeping your rodent's enclosure clean should be a number one priority not only because rodent urine and feces are foul smelling but also because they are prime sources of allergens. In the wild rodents are by nature quite clean animals but unfortunately when they are in captivity and only have a limited living space, their feces and urine quickly build up bringing with them a pungent foul odor. Besides this the males of certain species of rodents also possess special glands that secret strong smelling odors. These powerful smells have been known to trigger allergy symptoms in sufferers.
Moist, humid or urine soaked rodent bedding are perfect breeding grounds for molds and other unwanted allergen producing substances. You can get a deodorizing product from your local pet shop and add it daily to the rodents bedding to help deal with the urine and fecal odors. It is especially important that anyone suffering from allergies be protected from these urine odors. Mice have a particularly high quantity of ammonia in their urine. If rodent urine is not taken care of through daily cleaning it will become only stronger with time. It is also possible to get store bought enzymatic formulas that help break down rodent urine and fecal matter thereby reducing their odors. Cleaning your rodent's cage daily will also help towards reducing the amounts of allergens that are present in rodent dander, urine and saliva proteins and which are often the cause of allergic reactions in sensitive sufferers. Clean the cage frequently by wiping down the cage bars and surfaces using a moist cloth. Dry cleaning or dusting should be avoided as this will only serve to exasperate the situation. Get rid of any soiled bedding material by using an old spoon and add fresh and dry material.
All of your rodent's enclosure accessories,trays, , exercise wheels, and the enclosure itself should be thoroughly washed with hot soapy water and then rinsed off and dried at least once a week. If an allergic person is to do the cleaning they should wear protective gloves and a surgical face mask to prevent coming into contact with or inhaling the allergens. The presence of more than one rodent will mean that the complete cleaning will need to be carried out with greater frequency.
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