There are few things worse than living with a stinky animal. Just ask a dog owner that’s dealing with a canine that hasn’t been bathed for a while! Well, it isn’t just our larger four-legged friends that can really stink up the place. Even rats can make your home smell like a barn.
If you want to reduce the nasty odors in your home, a professional animal hospital recommends keeping your pet clean with these tips.
Keep the cage clean
There really is no better way to keep your rat from getting dirty in the first place than keeping his cage clean. However, this is usually overlooked because these rodents are very good groomers.
It doesn’t matter how well your pet grooms himself if he has to live in soiled bedding. By consistently living, sleeping, and running around on his bedding, your rat can soak up nasty waste smells that will make it very unpleasant to handle him. Not to mention, soiled bedding can make your home smell nasty.
Cleaning up after your pet isn’t too terribly hard. Start by cleaning the cage at least once a week. If you have multiple rats living in the same space, consider cleaning the cage more often.
If you’re still noticing problems, spot clean soiled areas in the cage every day or two. You’ll notice a big difference in the cleanliness of your pet, and he’ll notice a difference too.
Spot clean your rat
The obvious answer if your pet smells is to give him a bath. It’s true that this can help, but it can also stress out your rat. Not all rodents enjoy soaking in the water.
That doesn’t mean you can’t give your rat a bath! Instead of submerging him in water, you can spot clean him instead. You can use pet-friendly wipes that can easily be thrown in the garbage, but a plain old damp wash rag can be very helpful too.
Focus on wiping off his feet and his tail, as they’re most likely to come in contact with waste. You can also wipe your pet’s belly.
Still having trouble keeping your pet rat clean? It’s possible that he has a medical problem that’s causing the issues you’re experiencing. To make sure that isn’t the case, schedule an appointment with your animal hospital.