Cleaning Your Bird Cage: There's an Art to It

Your bird depends on the care it receives from you, and that includes having a clean environment to live in. Cleaning the bird cage is not the most pleasant task, but your pet's health and contentment rely on it.

Problems that can result from a dirty cage
It is inevitable that your bird will leave biological waste in and possibly around the cage. This includes feathers, droppings, and leftover food. If these areas are not cleaned regularly, risks to the bird's health can develop.

  • Food and feces can attract insects, which can be a source of disease.
  • Psittacosis, a bacterial disease associated with bird droppings, can develop.
  • Harmful fungi and bacteria can grow on leftover food.
  • Dirty water can be a source of bacteria.

Techniques for keeping your bird cage clean

  • Line the bottom of the cage with newspaper. This traditional technique keeps the cage bottom clean and makes it easy to remove droppings and food waste. Don't use colored or slick paper. Commercially-made cage liners are also available.
  • Remove leftovers, soft foods, such as fruit from feeding cups and the cage bottom as soon as possible. Insects can be attracted to soft foods.
  • Replace uneaten dry foods regularly. Dry foods, such as seeds, nuts, pellets, bird treats and commercially made bird foods can absorb moisture and attract bugs and mold. Replace uneaten dry foods with a fresh supply daily.
  • Put a vinyl carpet runner or plastic sheet under the cage to protect your floor from waste that leaves the cage. Clean the area under the cage at least once a week.
  • When you're changing the paper at the bottom of the cage, wipe off the cage surfaces with mild soap and water. Do not use strong cleaning chemicals.
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