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Re: Stop the smell

Post by Karly » Fri Jul 08, 2011 1:10 pm

Do you know the name of the cage they are living in? Some cages, despite being made for the purpose of being pet cages, aren't really that great in terms of keeping the pong down. Cages with plain metal bars are often guilty of soaking in the urine and retaining it which causes smells to hang around, even when the litter inside is binned. The Ferplast Jenny cages were quite prone to this, not sure if the new design is any better, and the Critter style cages often can get a bit whiffy.
Everyone else has raised some good points too, so hopefully you can get to the bottom of it and start enjoying the ratties without the smell bugging you!

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Re: Stop the smell

Post by Ratty_Rhian » Fri Jul 08, 2011 2:43 pm

Karly- the OP said in another thread that they are in a critter 1.
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Re: Stop the smell

Post by Karly » Sat Jul 09, 2011 6:17 pm

Ratty_Rhian wrote:Karly- the OP said in another thread that they are in a critter 1.
Could be a big part of the problem then, especially if it's not a brand new cage (don't know if OP bought it new or secondhand/it came with the rats). The Terenziani ones seemed OK but the cheaper copies about nowadays just don't seem to keep the pee out of the metal that well until you scrub them down and Plastikote them. I see OP is looking for another cage so definately bear in mind that this may make a big difference in terms of smell. In the meantime, clean the cage with a water and lemon juice or vinegar solution - 50:50 water to lemon juice/vinegar (white vinegar smells less "chip shop"y) and then make up some of this solution in an empty spray bottle to wipe the cage down with daily. Lemon juice and vinegar are both natural deodourisers that will work on the urine smell. I even spray a lemon juice solution around the room like an air freshener.

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Re: Stop the smell

Post by kingbuxton13 » Mon Jul 11, 2011 9:31 pm

the oh was not impressed with smell, an the pressure to move was growing, but alas someone suggested that tap a drop. Problem solved i reckon. Il change bedding once paper bedding gone. Thanks all

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