Mar 07

Cleaning animal cages

This post is going to cover best practice for cleaning cages.


Important: Always use appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) when undertaking any cleaning task and follow the manufacturer’s product use and where relevant dilution guidance.

Remove the animal from the cage or kennel and place in an empty cage or secure enclosure.

Remove all food bowls, empty into the rubbish bin and place in the sink.

Remove the litter tray, empty the contents into a disposable bag, seal and place in the bin reserved for fecal matter.

Remove the water bowl or bottle and place in the sink.

Remove the bedding and cloth items.

Wash blankets and washable beds in a washing machine on the hottest wash that the label says they can be washed at with a fragrance free laundry detergent and without fabric softener. Dry in a tumble drier with a drier sheet.

Remove any disposable bedding or litter and place into a disposable waste bag and place in the bin.

To remove any additional particles use a wet/dry vacuum. Empty the vacuum outside of the cage and dispose of the contents in a disposable waste bag and place in the bin.

Wash the cage or kennel with an antibacterial surface cleaning product diluted in hot water according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Use a sponge on plastic cages and a scrubbing brush on metal cages. Rinse thoroughly with hot water.

Wash all bowls, bottles and litter tray using a detergent diluted according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Rinse in clean water and allow to air dry.

Sanitise all removable cage parts, and the cage or kennel itself, by dipping them into a sanitising solution diluted according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Rinse in clean hot water and allow to air dry. With larger cages fill a spray bottle with sanitiser and spray the cage. Scrub the sanitising solution over the area and rinse with clean hot water using a hose. Dry with a clean cloth.

Replace the bedding, refill food and water bowls or bottles and return to the cage or kennel.

Place the animal carefully back into the cage or kennel.


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