Birds are great at looking after themselves, however, their cages are not. There are so many corners to be scrubbed and if left too long between cleans they can easily become filthy. Not only does this affect your bird’s health, it can also cause air contamination. This leads to eye and lung irritation for your family and guests.
To avoid this, it is best to clean your pet’s cage at least once a week. To help you with this process we have listed the following simple steps.
Before you begin cleaning, ensure the inside of the cage is bare. This includes food and water bowls, perches, toys and so forth.
If you don’t have another cage in which to temporarily place your bird, create a bird-proof space in your home. This involves closing all doors and windows, placing a sheet over bedding and couches, and storing any valuable possessions.
Before buying a solution be sure to check it is safe for both humans and your bird. This is especially important as some solutions can cause allergic reactions.
You can also make an easy and safe solution at home. In a small bowl combine bicarb, vinegar, mild dish soap, and warm water. Pour your solution into a spray bottle ready for use.
Before you begin scrubbing the cage with the cleaning solution, remove excess dirt and other filth. You can do this by soaking the cage with mildly hot water or rinse the cage outside with a garden hose.
Now the cage is clear of excess filth you can start scrubbing. Don’t forget to cover the bottom and top of the enclosure as well as the bars with the cleaning solution. Pay close attention to cracks and corners within the cage.
Once the cage is clean, rinse the enclosure a second time to get rid of any excess solution. Clean your bird’s possessions using the same process above. You can also place them in the dishwasher if they are dishwasher safe.
If you have not cleaned the cage before or your bird has recently been sick, disinfect the cage. This will assist in eliminating disease-causing germs and bacteria. Unlike the cleaning spray, it is best to purchase a commercial disinfectant from your local pet store.
Apply this across the cage and accessories and scrub with a toothbrush or cleaning brush. Ensure you sufficiently rinse this cage and exercise proper care as a disinfectant solution can be harmful to birds and people.
After cleaning and rinsing all of the birdcage equipment, lay everything out to dry in the sun. You can also dry the cage with a kitchen towel or paper towel before assembling it back together. The cage needs to be entirely dry before you return the bird and its possessions.
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