Today we’re covering the topic of smelly guinea pig cages and what you can do to beat those pongy smells to help everything smell fresh again! This is also really helpful if you have asthma or suffer from allergies, but still keep guinea pigs or other small animals as pets at home.
Depending on the type of bedding you have chosen for your guinea pig , this will affect how quickly all those pongy piggie smells will come about.
- If your pet is on sawdust we recommend scooping out any heavily soiled area’s to remove any unwanted odours ( your guinea pig may favour one corner of his or her cage for toilet time). How often you do this is your personal choice, although doing this every day and replacing the area with absorbent litter such as carefresh will definitely help reduce any smells.
- If you have your guinea pig’s on fleece bedding then we recommend spot cleaning your guinea pig’s smelly cage ever day with a dust pan and brush. Due to the fact fleece bedding is fabric based it will absorb any liquids and although potty training your guinea pig can help greatly this, they may not always use their potty so accidents are to be expected
Tip 2 : Use a good cleaning disinfectant
Another method to curing a smelly guinea pig cage is to use good pet cleaning products to really cleanse the cage space. Now there are many different types of pet cleaning products on the market that you can purchase both online and at your local pet store. Here below I’ve listed just a few things you can try to help:
- Johnsons clean n safe spray – we use this ourselves to just lightly coat the base of the guinea pig cage and then using kitchen towel we wipe everything dry.
- Disinfectant wipes – Using wipes can be really handy when you’re in a hurry, they also come in use for wiping clean those area’s of the cage that are hard to reach.
- Homemade cleaning spray – I’ve heard of many small pet owners making their own cleaning spray from 1 cup of white vinegar and 1 cup of water. This is meant to cleanse the cage, as well as help removing staining that occurs over time. It’s easy to make and easy to store in a clear spray bottle to use as and when you need.
Tip three : Cleanse the air
As much as we love our guinea pig’s its understandable that especially if they’re kept indoors, the odours from their cage can really stink up the room. One solution we’ve recently started to use at the Guineapig Wheekly hq is a Air purifier.
We purchased our purifier via ebay but basically what it does is using water in its base the purifier cleanses the air, removing any dirt and odours to. Some people add a drop of essential oils to add a scent to the air and this also has beneficial properties for being anti bacterial and cleansing. Note : However we recommend keeping the purifier away from your pets themselves to ensure they are not potentially affected. Also don’t use the air purifiers with ionisers as these could also be bad for your piggies.
We hope you found this post helpful! If there’s anything you’d like to see on the Guineapig Wheekly uk blog, be sure to comment and let us know!
Katie & Steph x