What Should I Use to
Sanitize my Rabbit's Cage?

Every so often your rabbit's cage does need to be sanitized. This helps keep the number of harmful bacteria to a minimum. Be sure to move your rabbit to a safe area while you are sanitizing his cage. He'll have to remain away from his cage for about 24 hours while his cage dries.

Before you begin sanitizing, brush off any sticky droppings and remove any excess food and fur that has collected in the cage. The cage should be as bare as you can get it. Some people will choose to use vinegar. Vinegar will dissolve the calcium deposits that tend to build up from your rabbit's urine. For stubborn spots, you can soak that area for ten to twenty minutes before rinsing them away.

Most people find that bleach is easy to use. It is cheap, readily available, and a single bottle will last you for several cleanings. Be sure you dilute the bleach properly for sanitizing. Use about half a cup of bleach per gallon of water. That would be about two tablespoons of bleach per quart of water if you don't need that much.

Spray it liberally over the entire cage and let it sit for about twenty minutes, then rinse thoroughly. Let the cage air dry afterwards in the sun as the sun also has disinfecting qualities.

If you are sensitive to bleach, you can get an iodine based sanitizer called Vanodine. While a gallon can be a bit expensive, one gallon will last a long time. Follow the dilution formulas listed on the side of the bottle. Saturate the cage and let it sit for awhile, then rinse.

Air drying in the sun is still a good formula to follow. After your rabbit's cage dries, your rabbit should be able to go back in his cage unless the odor is still too noticeable.

Donald Stuart answers your questions about Rabbit Cages and Hutches on his website at http://www.rabbit-cages-and-hutches.com/

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