> Firstly I cleaned out my mouse cage yesterday,
> rinsing the cage with plain
> water and drying it. Afterwards the cage smelt
> worse then it did in the
> first place.
Did the cage start to smell immediately after washing it, or a little
after you put the mice back in? Do you have females or males? Sometimes
male mice start to stink quite much when you wash their cage, as they
feel the need to get back their own scent after you washed it off...
> Does anyone know what is safe to use to clean
> mouse cage's with? which will also make them
> smell better at the same time.
I've used regular dish washing liquid (not the one for machine dish
washers) with good results. I've also used vinegar. Currently, I use an
all natural pine oil based cleaner. When using any stronger cleaners,
remember to rinse the cage very thoroughly.
> Secondly Is it safe to leave mice alone at home while away on Holiday?
Well, I never leave my mice unattended for longer than overnight (leave
Saturday morning, back Sunday evening). If it's going to be any longer
than that, I'll get someone trustworthy to come and check my mice + feed
and water them at least every other day. I ask the pet sitter to come
over and show her how much to feed each tank and where everything is. I
also leave written instructions on what to do in case of emergency,
where there are extra water bottles, what mice need special diet, what
mice are getting so old one needs to check their condition very often
and what to do if something happens, what to do if fighting occurs and
where there are extra tanks to use. I have an account at a pet shop who
will deliver if needed, so if there is a need for more food (or water
bottles), all the pet sitter has to do is to make a phone call.
I'm too worried about what can happen if a water bottle breaks or
doesn't work right, what if a mouse pushes beddings up to the bottle and
it leaks, what if a mouse escapes, what if mice in one tank start to
fight and need to get separated etc etc.
I've seen some books state that you can leave your mice unattended for a
week, but I do feel that's too long. If you put in a week's supply of
food, it is very likely that it gets too soiled during that time.
Furthermore, water needs to be changed several times during that time or
it gets pretty unhealthy.
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