Just as you take care of your litter pan or your backyard, parrot cages deserve to be kept as clean as possible. Though it might seem like smaller parrots don’t make a large mess because they’re confined to a cage, there are many health reasons why you might want to take a second look every now and then.
Why clean parrots cages?
Aside from keeping the cage sanitary for your pet, cleaning parrot cages can also give you a good indication of how your pet is feeling. By taking the time to remove the lining as well as the toys that are in parrot cages, you’ll be able to see if there have been changes in the digestion of your bird or if there are any safety hazards that might need attending to. Things like broken swings, frayed toys, and other damage might harm your parrot if not replaced or fixed.
How often should cages be cleaned?
Parrot cages should be cleaned daily or weekly as well as monthly. While most vets will recommend that you clean the cages daily, some people find that they don’t have the time, so they should be cleaned at least once a week. You’ll want to change the liner, replace the food and water, and clean the area around the cage (as it may have gotten dirty or dusty).
During the monthly cleanings of parrot cages, you’ll want to be more thorough. First of all, take out everything that is in the cage (aside from your bird – you may want to have an additional cage for this time of the month). Clean all of the food and water containers as well as the toys and other accessories in the cage. Remove the liner and clean all of the surfaces within the cage as well with a non-toxic cleaner. Allow the cage to air dry and replace the liner as well as the accessories, food, water, etc. And don’t forget to put your bird back in as well.
Can anyone clean the cage?
One of the things that you will want to consider about cleaning parrot cages is the fact that there can be bacteria present in the dirtier areas. To help prevent infection, you can either wear gloves or limit the cleaning to certain healthy members of the house. Pregnant women and young children should not clean parrot cages, nor should anyone with immune system disorders – better to be safe than sorry. And even if you do wear gloves, be sure to wash your hands after you clean the cage.
Once you’re figured out your routine, cleaning parrot cages just becomes a part of your daily list of things to do, but it also becomes a great way to show your appreciation for your pet birds.