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Old 04-03-2011, 05:42 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi. I bought my hedgehog a extra large rabbit cage and was wondering how often to clean it.
I have read that cages should be cleaned weekly but at the end of the week it still looks clean.
should I let it sit for two weeks?

Thank you for your opinion.
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Old 04-05-2011, 03:55 AM   #2 (permalink)
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what kind of bedding are you using? fleece? shavings?
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Old 04-05-2011, 08:17 AM   #3 (permalink)
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I clean Kashi's cage once a week, and it's around the size of an extra large rabbit cage.

I change his fleece liner, vaccum up the crumbs, etc and give the entire cage a wipe-down with a disinfectant cloth.

Your hedgie either must be ridiculously clean if it still looks super clean by the end of the week @[email protected]
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Old 04-05-2011, 08:28 AM   #4 (permalink)
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I've got one of those really big rabbit cages, and Spikey does all his bathroom stuff in the litter box or on his wheel. I wash the wheel at least every other day and change the litter box weekly. I probably only change the wood shavings once every month or so, if even that. I mostly go by smell...if I can smell hedgehog when the litter box is clean and the wheel is washed, then it's time to change the shavings.

When I was using a large plastic storage tub, I had to change it more often.
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Old 04-05-2011, 08:36 AM   #5 (permalink)
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I have Truffle in a Ferret Nation on fleece liners. His wheel has a litter box underneath it. The wheel HAS to be cleaned each day. But the litter box only weekly and the cage only a weekly pick up really. He seems to go on the wheel only. I do usually take off one layer of fleece in the weekly pick though I must say I am not sure it REALLY needs it.

So it probably depends on the cage and the hedgie. Smell is certainly a good indicator though!
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Old 04-05-2011, 03:42 PM   #6 (permalink)
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I use yesterdays news by purina. it is pelleted newspaper.
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Old 04-05-2011, 07:22 PM   #7 (permalink)
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I clean mine every two days... i have to, it begins to smell otherwise.

Is there anyway I can cut down on the cleaning frequency?

Ludwig is on fleece liners, he isn't litter trained though...
I wash off his wheel every day.
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Old 04-06-2011, 09:29 AM   #8 (permalink)
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I use yesterdays news by purina. it is pelleted newspaper.
Are you using yesterday's news as bedding or just litter?
I am not 100% (I am sure someone else will jump in) but I didn't think you could use yesterday's news as their actual bedding...just as litter. I could be wrong though....


As for cleaning Niblet's cage. He is in a ferret nation with fleece liners. I spot clean his cage everyday. I pick up all the poop and wash his wheel down. Every other day, I take off the top layer of fleece. Once a week, he gets a complete cage cleaning and a foot bath. We also have a small air purifier by his cage. We have never had any issues with smell.
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Hi. I bought my hedgehog a extra large rabbit cage and was wondering how often to clean it.
I have read that cages should be cleaned weekly but at the end of the week it still looks clean.
should I let it sit for two weeks?)
Think about your bathroom/kitchen counters. At the end of a week they may look clean, but they're still covered in bacteria that you can't see and need to be wiped down.
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I use yesterdays news as the bedding for my hedgehog. it is what the fellow at the pet store suggested I use.
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