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How Often Do I Clean Out My Hamster's Cage?

How often you clean your hamster’s cage depends on a number of factors, for example:

  • How many hamsters do you own?
  • Does the cage get dirty fast?
  • Are you bothered by the odour of your hamster’s cage?
  • How big is your hamster’s cage?

Depending on all of these aspects of hamster ownership you’ll need to make a judgement call, but the general guideline is that owners of just one hamster should clean out the cage once a week.

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How often you clean out your pet's cage will vary depending on a number of factors, but if you have just one pet and a reasonably sized cage, then the general recommendation is once per week

The more hamsters you own, the more you’ll need to clean out your cage. This may seem simple, but a lot of owners forget that the more animals you own, the more waste products will build up in your pet’s cage.

How often you’ll need to clean the cage also depends on how fast it becomes dirty. Some owners have had success with a technique known as spot cleaning. If you clean areas that you see are dirty, then you will not only reduce odour but you may reduce the frequency with which you need to clean the entire cage.

Hamster urine is extremely pungent, so you may want to clean out your hamster more than once a week if you’re bothered by the smell. If you have multiple hamsters then you may find that a smell builds up very quickly and over a short period of time, so you may want to clean out the cage more than once per week.

Finally, the size of your hamster’s enclosure will really affect how often it’ll need to be cleaned. If you have a very large hamster enclosure, then the mess will be spread over a much larger area, and be less pungent. On the other hand, if your hamster cage is relatively small then it will need to be cleaned out more regularly.

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Emily, 12 May 2020

If you get the right sized cage, (at least the bare minimum of 450 square inches of floor space), then you should only spot clean the cage, by rather scooping the dirty parts of the cage out, or only cleaning out half of the cage, once a month. If you clean out the entire cage this can cause a lot of stress for your hamster because they are used to their scent. If the smell bothers you, then a hamster is probably not the right pet to have. If the cage gets dirty due to multiple hamsters living in the same cage, please separate them. Hamsters are solitary creatures meaning they should live in separate cages and not interact, because they will eventually fight. However, if you are planning to cage 2 hamsters, please have double of everything. Double the floor space, have 2 wheels, two water bottles, and 2 food bowls. Please, follow this advice and there is more on Victoria Raechel's Youtube account.