Sunday, May 21, 2017

How to Properly Clean and Disinfect Reptile Cages

Reptiles are great as pets, because they represent no danger at all; they don’t need a lot of attention from their owners, as there are independent animals and they are easy to feed. Also, they are cute and can make your life more beautiful.
If you decide to get a reptile as a pet, you are surely doing it because it will make you happier. However, you must also think about the pet’s health and wellbeing when in your care. Except for feeding it regularly, providing it a safe living environment with fresh water, the right temperature, the right lighting and many more, you have to make sure that a reptile’s cage is properly taken care of.
How to ensure that a reptile cage is a safe living environment?
Whether you keep your reptile in a cage or a tank, you have to make sure that it is always clean and disinfected. There are a few important reasons why this should become a priority:
The health factor
A reptile’s fecal matter is filled with bacteria, which could represent a danger to the animal’s health, as well as to yours. Also, it contains salmonella, which is unhealthy for both parts, too. The reptile could develop skin problems if they live in an environment that is not clean and therefore, their life span could decrease significantly.
The aesthetic factor
A reptile’s cage that is filled with uneaten food and other types of waste is not only unhealthy, but it also makes the cage look terrible, in which case it will no longer be a nice part of your décor.
The hygiene factor
When keeping a dirty reptile’s cage in your home or office, you are practically infesting the place willingly. More than that, the smell of such a cage is not at all pleasant.

If you want to keep a reptile’s cage clean and disinfected, you need to set up a cleaning schedule and respect it. It is important not to use any toxic substances that could harm the reptile’s skin or respiratory system. To clean and disinfect it properly, you need some sponges, paper towels, cleaning gloves, protective goggles, a terrarium cleaner, a sand sifter, a small brush and chlorine bleach. More importantly, you will need a back-up cage for the reptile.

Here’s how you should set the cleaning schedule:
Daily cleaning
It is important to put on your gloves every day and remove any spills, uneaten food, feces and urine. Also, you should empty the food dish and the water container.
Weekly cleaning
The weekly cleaning will be a general one, so it is important to wear your gloves and goggles in order to clean it properly. Just like during the daily cleaning, you must remove all waste and feces, but you should also remove all the rocks and decorations, look for parasites and then wash and scrub the entire cage with a terrarium cleaner.
Disinfect the cage using one cup of liquid chlorine bleach in one gallon of water and let it sit for a few minutes. Rinse it with care, so that no trace of toxic substances remains on the walls.
If the cage isn’t very large, you can occasionally heat it in the oven at 250 degrees for half an hour.

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