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Old 06-06-2016, 01:48 AM   #1
yoshiko
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Unhappy Yugi's passing and cage cleaning

Even though I just joined yesterday I am sad to report that Yugi has passed away. He was 2 years and 5 months old

But now I am left with a 40 gallon tank and I'm curious on how to I go about cleaning it to make it safe for the next one?
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Old 06-06-2016, 01:57 AM   #2
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I am so sorry to hear about Yugi - it was a great age xxx

It would be a good idea to disinfect the tank, if you don't know what he died of - but even if it was just old age, disinfecting helps remove any scent of the previous hamster.

If he didn't have any kind of infectious illness, then white (distilled) vinegar is a good cleaner and removes a lot of bugs, but not all of them. So if he did have something infectious then you'd need a petsafe disinfectant. I'm guessing you're in the US and I'm not up on US petsafe disinfectants, but someone will be. I wouldn't use bleach though.

If you use vinegar, it needs rinsing really well afterwards so the smell doesn't linger too long - which could be difficult with a 40 gallon tank! If you can get it in the shower you could shower it to rinse it out. But it might be easier to use a petsafe disinfectant that disperses easier and just needs a wipe down with a damp cloth afterwards.

This is one that is sometimes used in the Uk and it seems to be available in the US too on Amazon - it is suitable for small animals like hamsters. I think that would be the easiest option. You just squirt it on and wipe. A few days after cleaning you could wipe down inside the tank with a damp cloth to help remove any residue or scent.

Amazon.com : Clean N Safe Pet Disinfectant : Birdcage Accessories : Pet Supplies

This is another one used in the Uk that's available in the US from Amazon and it says no need to wipe afterwards as it doesn't leave residue. I would still let it air for a week or so before putting a hammy in though, so any scent has chance to wear off.

Amazon.com : Beaphar Deep Clean Disinfectant For Rodents : Pet Pest Control Supplies : Pet Supplies
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Old 06-06-2016, 07:10 AM   #3
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So Sorry to hear about Yugi, he was at a damn good age tho'.

Here in the UK I have used Milton Fluid to sterilise pet items cages etc, this product is normally used to sterilise Baby's bottles etc. It has always been a go to item for us and have never had any problems with it..
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