Cleaning Your Bird’s Cage

Birds may not be as popular as dogs or cats, but they do have some ‘raven’ fans, and it isn’t hard to see why. Polly is not only very cute and lovable, she’s full of personality. Birds do need quite a bit of care and attention, however. One of the most important things you’ll need to do is keep your pet’s cage clean. A London, ON vet offers tips on doing that below.


Every day, you’ll need to clean your pet’s food and water dishes, change the cage liner, and wipe the cage down. It’s also a good idea to clean around the cage. We have a few tips here! Get two sets of dishes, so you can have one in the cage while the other is being cleaned. As for the cage liner, put a stack of newspapers or cage liners in the bottom of the cage. Just remove the top one, and you’ll have a fresh one ready to go beneath it.


Polly’s home will need a more thorough cleaning about once a week. Your weekly tasks should include washing the tray and cleaning and rotating toys and perches. We also recommend vacuuming more thoroughly.


Every month or so, you’ll need to do a deep cleaning. You may want to put the cage in the tub, if it fits. Use a wire brush or toothbrush, and really get into all the little cracks and crevasses. A handheld steam cleaner will come in very handy here. Scrub the cage down with soapy water. Then, thoroughly rinse and disinfect it. Choosing the right type of disinfectant is very important. Our feathered pals have very sensitive lungs, and can get sick from inhaling strong fumes. You can use bleach, dilated at a ratio of ½ cup to one gallon of water. Rinse well, and make sure everything is completely dry before you put Polly’s things back in.


As you are cleaning your feathered pal’s cage, pay attention to what you see. Changes in the color, texture, smell, or amount of your pet’s droppings could be a sign of serious medical issues, as could regurgitated food and/or unusual looking feathers. Call your vet if you notice any of these red flags.

Please contact us, your London, ON vet clinic, with questions or concerns about your bird’s health or care. We’re here to help!

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