Cleaning Outdoor Rabbit Cage

Discussion in 'Other Pets & Livestock' started by Ashmeade, Dec 18, 2011.

  1. Ashmeade

    Ashmeade Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We have an outdoor rabbit cage where our rabbit we had passed away a few weeks ago. We THINK it was old age though I am not certain. He had not been sick and seemed to have just gone to sleep. That being said, I cannot totally rule out something other than old age causing his death. We have recently got a new rabbit, who is staying indoors for the winter but in the spring I would like the option to put him outside at times and use the outdoor cage. With that in mind, I am looking for recommendations on the best way to fully clean the outdoor cage in the event that there was a disease or something that our new rabbit could catch... Any advice there would be appreciated![​IMG]

    Edited to add, it is a wooden cage with wire. I had been thinking bleach but I did not want that to soak into the wood and cause issues when the rabbit chews on the cage, etc.
     
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  2. Mattemma

    Mattemma Overrun With Chickens

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    If bleach is not an option then maybe a wash down with water that has some grapefruit seed extract(GSE) or tea tree oil(TTO). I think even garlic,lavender,and lemons have anti-bacterial properties. There are pet cage cleaners sold at the store that might also do the trick.
    Some use vinegar. I have used lysol spray and wipes,but that was for plastic and wire.
     
  3. Glenmar

    Glenmar Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You could just use dish soap and water, and spray it out with a hose. That is what I used to do with mine.
     
  4. sixshooter60

    sixshooter60 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Get a long handle stiff brush and a bucket of soapy water and scrub it down good and then rinse it . then get you some oxine its way better than bleach as it kills almost every kind of bacteria and its non toxic to you or animals.. mix a solution of 1/4 tablespoon to a gal of water in a sprayer or a spray bottle and spray it down good and leave it to dry on its own it will kill the bacteria . i use it on a weekly basis in the chicken coop and to clean waterers and feeders.. you can google it and read about . its good stuff...
     
  5. Ashmeade

    Ashmeade Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks! I think I will try a mixture of these suggestions. That way cage will be totally sterile by spring! [​IMG]
     
  6. Jamie_Dog_Trainer

    Jamie_Dog_Trainer Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You don't have to worry about bleach staying in the wood. Bleach evaporates readily and the only residue might be a salty one, I would use bleach and rinse very well several times, then allow to air dry for several days before putting the new rabbit in [​IMG]
     
  7. OhioEggs

    OhioEggs Out Of The Brooder

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    Diluted bleach will do the trick. It's in any city water anyway!
     

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