How To Keep Your Bunnies Cage From Smelling: 6 steps (personally proven)

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How To Keep Your Bunnies Cage From Smelling

Last Updated on August 2, 2021 by Rei

To keep your bunny’s cage free of smell, you need to get the right cage and bedding. The best cage for bunnies to reduce the smell is the one made in plastic or metal.

Plastic and metal cages don’t absorb the smell of your bunny’s urine and poop — which makes it easier to clean. Your bunny’s bedding also plays a role in reducing the smell of their cage.

Use a wood-based litter that absorbs the moisture which makes it easier to clean. You should also clean your bunny’s bedding every few days or daily depending on how clean you want it to be.

But sometimes cleaning the cage of your bunnies is not enough, there might be some underlying problem with your bunnies themselves that causes their cages to smell.

Here are the reasons why your bunnies cage smells and what to do about it:

Stick to plastic or metal cages.

Stick to plastic or metal cages
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Just like wood-based bedding that absorbs moisture and smell, having a cage made out of wood would basically do the same thing. But unlike wood-based bedding where you could remove it after a certain amount of time, having a wood-based cage would just trap the moisture and smell.

Plastic and metal cages make the job of cleaning your bunny’s cage a lot easier.

Neuter your rabbits.

Neuter your rabbits.
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Neutering your bunny has a lot of benefits, one of which is reducing the amount of smell on your bunny’s urine. Hormonal shifts can make your bunny’s urine smell stronger than those who are neutered.

As an added benefit, neutering your bunnies also stops your bunnies from spraying urine in the side of their cages.

Clean your rabbits cage regularly.

Clean your rabbits cage regularly
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Cleaning your rabbit’s cage regularly or every few days would take away most of the smell. But with the right bedding and diet, you could remove the smell completely.

Here are the steps on how to clean your rabbit’s cage:

  • First, move your rabbit someplace else to make the cleaning easier.
  • Remove the bedding and replace it with a fresh batch. If you want to completely remove the smell of their cage, don’t try to reuse any of the bedding.
  • Get a towel or a brush with a mild detergent and brush the cage. Brush every part of the cage for best results.
  • You could also submerge the whole cage in water with a mild detergent if you can. Otherwise, stick to brushing the cage.
  • Let the cage dry by either wiping it or leaving it in direct sunlight.

Check your rabbit’s diet.

Check your rabbit's diet.

Another reason why your bunny’s cage might be smelly is due to their diet. Some pellets could make your rabbit’s urine and poop more smelly due to an unbalanced amount of starch, sugar, and fat.

High amounts of starch and sugar could cause digestive distress and could lead to diarrhea or poopy bottom.

If your bunnies are suffering from digestive issues, it’s best to bring them to a veterinarian and ask for advice on the best diet for your bunnies.

Always change your bunnies bedding.

Always change your bunnies bedding
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Changing your bunny’s bedding regularly is key to reducing the smell of their cage. For me personally, I change my bunny’s bedding every two days.

Longer than that would be a hassle due to the amount I would clean up and the smell. Remember rabbits poop up to 200-300 times a day.

So 2 days of not cleaning your bunny’s bedding could lead to 600 poops making your house/room smell. Not to mention their urine, which for me smells worse.

Improve the airflow of your bunnies cage.

Improve the airflow of your bunnies cage.
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Putting your rabbit’s cage in a well-ventilated area would improve the amount of smell. Consider doing this if you would not be able to clean your rabbit’s hutch every day.

You can even put your bunny’s cage outside if you have space for it.

Summary

To reduce or remove the smell of your bunnies cage, you need to clean it regularly and replace its bedding regularly.

For better results, buy wood-based bedding that absorbs moisture well. This would reduce the smell of your bunnies cage significantly as long as you don’t reuse any of the bedding and replace it regularly.

Also, stick to metal or plastic cages because they are easier to clean and the smell doesn’t stick to it, unlike wood cages that would soak up the urine and smell.

If any of that didn’t work, check your rabbit’s diet. Your bunnies might be suffering from digestive issues due to their diet.

Check your bunny’s pellet. It might be high in starch and sugar, which could cause diarrhea and watery stool, which would make their poop smelly.

Finally, get your bunnies neutered to reduce the smell of their urine and prevent your bunnies from spraying urine everywhere.

Cite this article:

Bunny Horde (November 23, 2021) How To Keep Your Bunnies Cage From Smelling: 6 steps (personally proven). Retrieved from https://bunnyhorde.com/how-to-keep-a-bunny-cage-from-smelling/.
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