Top Tips For Cleaning a Rabbit Hutch

You can search the Internet for guidance on how often you should clean your hutch and what kind of cleaning supplies you’ll need. You’ll find lots of advice, some of it hard to believe, and some of it seemingly contradictory. Some will say clean the hutch every two days while most agree that once a week is sufficient for basic cleaning. Here’s the top tip you need to know, with apologies to the Nike Corporation: Just Do It!!!

No one knows for sure, but it’s highly likely that indoor rabbit cages are cleaned much more frequently than their outdoor cousins, the rabbit hutch. The reason should be obvious: the owners can smell the cage! It’s easy to forget about your outdoor rabbit’s need for clean living quarters, especially if your rabbit is outside twenty four hours a day, seven days a week, with minimal human contact. You know what they say: “Out of sight, out of mind.” The tip then is simple: force yourself to “just do it” by scheduling a cleaning time once a week; the same time every week. If it’s Saturday morning, it’s time to clean the rabbit hutch.

Start your cleaning routine with the exterior of the hutch. Brush off any accumulated debris, as leaves and twigs can trap dirt and collect moisture over time. Moisture is a major problem for outdoor rabbit hutches. Remove any fur caught in the cage wire and brush the exterior of the hutch as well.

Your setup will dictate the cleaning of the interior. If you use shredded newspaper or wood shavings or hay on the hutch floor, they should be removed. Remember not to use pine or cedar shavings as these can be harmful to your rabbit. Once you’re removed the bedding material from all parts of the cage, you’re ready to tackle the biggest cleaning problem faced by all rabbit owners: accumulated urine.

If your hutch has wooden flooring anywhere in the cage where the rabbit relieves itself, it’s likely the urine will soak into the wood, leading to an extremely harmful ammonia smell which can cause serious health problems if not properly removed. Some experts will tell you to use a diluted solution of bleach while others will tell you to use a diluted solution of vinegar. Regardless of which you use, both should be thoroughly rinsed with clean water and allowed to dry before allowing your rabbit back into the hutch. Bleach odor tends to linger longer than vinegar and vinegar works much better as a neutralizer of the calcium salts contained in urine.

If your hutch has a rabbit floor allowing feces to fall to the ground, clean underneath the hutch as accumulated feces are breeding grounds for harmful parasites. Brush the wire floor to remove accumulations of feces and straw before replacing the bedding material.


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