Animals stink. It doesn’t matter what kind of creature you have. Dogs need baths because they smell and cats have litter boxes that can quickly stink up the home. You’d think that small animals, like rats, wouldn’t smell quite as bad, but they can be stinky too!
If you’re tired of smelling nasty rat odors in your home, follow these tips from a professional veterinarian.
Choose the right bedding
Some bedding is better than others when it comes to odor control. Rats and their owners really like paper bedding. Not only will it keep your critter healthy, it’s easy to pile up in and around the nesting box. Unfortunately, it isn’t very good at odor control.
Wood shavings are much better at controlling odors, but you have to be careful what kind you get. Pine bedding smells good, but it is dusty, which can make it hard for your rat to breathe. Make sure you get aspen bedding. It can help with odor control without negatively affecting your pet’s health.
No one said you have to choose one over the other! Sprinkle aspen shavings in the bottom of the cage for odor control and place paper bedding over the top.
Clean up a little bit every day
You should clean your critter’s cage from top to bottom once a week. That will help reduce lingering odors, but this method doesn’t really get rid of day-to-day odors.
To prevent your home from smelling in the first place, spot clean the cage on a daily basis. That means getting rid of soiled bedding and wiping down potty areas.
You can make your job even easier if you introduce litter boxes. Most rats like to go potty in the same spots. Put a litter tray down in those spots and they can easily be dumped once a day.
Clean up uneaten food
Regular rat food from the pet store won’t cause the cage to stink, but fresh foods will. If you give your rodent a piece of fruit or a few vegetables, make sure you dispose of them after your critter has an hour or two to eat it. If left in the cage, it will make the cage stink!
Your veterinarian can tell you more about how to cut back on nasty rat odors in your home