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Old 11-18-2017, 12:28 PM   #1
figarotheham
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Hi, Iíve had my hamster for 2 weeks now and I would to clean his cage within the next week, so i was wondering if anyone had any tips or ideas on how to make this easier on my little guy.
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Old 11-18-2017, 12:36 PM   #2
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Default Re: Cage Cleaning

If you just clean where your hamster pees, by removing the wet substrate. You won’t use as much substrate.

Full cleans can cause your hamster stress. Hamster poop is normally dry so can be left a bit.

If you have to remove any of their food hoard, due to pee etc put some fresh food back in it’s place.

Too much cleaning can remove the hamster scent and make them stressed.
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Old 11-18-2017, 02:04 PM   #3
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Default Re: Cage Cleaning

Better choose to clean the cage when hamster is awake. So you could place him in the ball amd take your time to clean.
I do not recommend to use detergent to clean the whole cage, instead, you can just change part of the bedding. If your hammie pees in the home and store food in the home, please change the entire bedding in his nest and place fresh food back to his storage place.
If you want to train your hammie to pee at specific place, you could place a small bowel with bath sand(not dust) at his pee pee corner. He will soon learn to pee in the sand and all you need to do is to remove the wet sand pellet after he pees.
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Old 11-18-2017, 11:33 PM   #4
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Default Re: Cage Cleaning

As CMB says just spot clean for now, for at least the first month you want to keep all cleaning to an absolute minimum so you ham can feel settled & not be stressed by having his scent removed from the cage.
You can spot clean any pee as often as you need to but the rest of the cage can be done just one part, maybe a half or third, at a time once every few weeks, you rarely need to clean very much & if you clean the nest area you should always put some of the old nest material back, same goes for the food hoard.
If he's not hand tamed & you need to get him out for cleaning find something he'll be happy to climb into, a tube, mug or box then put him into his carrier with a nice layer of substrate, you could scatter a few treats in there too & he'll be fine while you have a bit of a clean up.
As SunnyOy said you don't need to use detergents or any cleaners, at most a wipe down with a damp paper towel is all that you'll need & you only really need to do that if anything has got peed on.

SunnyOy a hamster in a ball needs close supervision at all times & you can't do that while cleaning the cage & leaving a new ham trapped in a ball would be very stressful.
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Old 11-19-2017, 07:42 AM   #5
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I spot clean removing soiled bedding and any destruction so i dont have to clean the cage as often
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Old 11-19-2017, 08:31 AM   #6
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I clean half the cage at a time and dont clean the accessories at the same time as the cage so that they always have some of their scent in the cage to help them feel at home.
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