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Old 01-24-2009, 10:17 PM - Thread Starter
 
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I've only had them since November, so I don't know if it's normal for them to smell this bad. I sure hope not. I clean their cage very thoroughly once a week, but no matter how much I scrub everything, even the table the cage sits on, it still stinks. I just cleaned it and it still smells gross. : The weird thing is that I can't figure out exactly what about it smells. When I clean the cage I smell everything after I've washed it and alone, the different pieces don't seem to smell. But I get it all put together and the general area still smells gross.

Any ideas? They're awesome pets, I just wish they didn't smell so bad.

ETA: I should clarify that the rats themselves don't smell, it's just the cage/cage area.
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Old 01-24-2009, 10:48 PM
 
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What is your set-up? Bedding? Nesting material?

I have some thoughts, but my little guy wants my attention right now.

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My cage is similar to this one:
http://www.martinscages.com/images/full/h-600hr.jpg

I use the critter care bedding.
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I think some smell is inevitable.

After you clean the cage, you could rinse in vinegar. We use straight vinegar in a spray bottle to wipe out our rat cabinet. It helps a lot. Vinegar will corrode metal, though, so it might not be such a great idea for metal cages.

You can spot clean more frequently. We use litter boxes (plastic take out containers held down w/velcro) & clean them daily. We use yesterday's news in the litter boxes. The rats are so-so about using the box. They do their business there about 75% of the time.

We use compost-able and washable stuff in our cabinet. The hammocks are just old cloth diapers with grommets in the corners--easy to wash. They get funky pretty fast. In colder weather I give them smallish cardboard boxes to nest in. They get funky too, so I just replace them as necessary/as fresh boxes are available.

We feed our rats all kinds of stuff--commercial rat blocks when we're busy, homemade rat diet when we have the time. I have noticed that they smell a lot better when we are feeding them better.

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Try cleaning with hydrogen peroxide and vinegar.

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Thanks for the suggestions. I'll try the peroxide and vinegar. Where do you get the velcro litter boxes? Do you have to make them yourself?
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