Unlike human teeth, rat’s teeth are continually growing, so they need special care to keep them under control. Therefore, among many types of mouse toys on the market today, wooden toys are always the first choice. However, they are easy to get dirty by saliva, urine, leftovers, so they need to be cleaned regularly and properly to kill harmful bacteria.
How to clean toys for mice? Prepare what tools? How many times a week? These are questions that many rat owners are concerned about when mentioning this problem. So today, in this article, we will show you how to clean wooden rat toys properly. Come on, let’s get started right away.
Cleaning wooden toys is not a complicated task. Tools can easily be purchased at pet stores or in your own home. They can be a simple mixture of water and vinegar, eco-friendly soap and warm water, a versatile detergent diluted, a wood drying bleach, or an oven. However, don’t you do not use any chemical solution that is harmful to your little friend? There are many safe ways to clean wooden toys for the rat. They are easy for everyone to do at home. Here are the three most common ways we want to suggest:
Method used detergents
Step 1: Mix the safe soap into the sink.
Step 2: Soak the whole toy in detergent. If you use hot water, be careful not to burn yourself.
Step 3: Soak toys in water for 20 minutes. Then gently scrub the inside and outside surfaces with the brush to remove the dirt. Rinse the soap with clean water again.
Step 4: Dry them in a cool place. This can take 1-2 days, but make sure they dry completely before playing.
This is an easy way, but the drawback of this method is to fade or discolor dyed toys. You should only apply to toys with natural wood color (not painted).
Sterilized by hot water
Because the detergents mentioned above are not suitable for painted toys, you can use warm water instead. Firstly, you should use a large pot, filled with water and boiled. Then, soak the whole toy in the pot for 15 minutes. Finally, dry it according to the method above.
Sterilize by the oven
In addition, there is another method you can apply to all wooden toys, including natural colored or dyed toys. What you need to do is heat your oven to about 210 degrees Fahrenheit (about 100oC) and put the toys inside for 20 minutes. Then, take them out and place them in a cool place to cool down. Again, make sure they have cooled down before bringing them back to the cage so they won’t burn the mouse.
However, the only disadvantage of this method is the need for a furnace. If your house doesn’t have the oven, you can also use animal detergents to clean toys, then let them dry naturally. These products can easily be found at any pet store at an affordable price.
Frequency of cleaning
Rats are animals that like exercise. They play a lot, so toys are easy to get dirty and are sources of bacteria that are harmful to mice. Therefore, you should regularly clean toys for mice, about 1-2 times per week, to ensure hygiene.
Some owners have a hobby of making best rat toys. This is very good and economical. However, once they are worn out, you should throw away the toy and do something else. You know, these crafts are usually not durable when cleaning.
In addition, you should dispose of toys when rats have digestive or respiratory problems instead of cleaning them and replacing them with new ones. Otherwise, your pet will be at risk of a similar disease again.
In the case of a mouse dying of any disease, and you want a new mouse. You can clean and use the old cage and accessories. However, for wooden toys, make sure to discard them and use new items to avoid the same thing from happening again.
Above are some ways to clean toys for rats, including using detergent, using hot water, or using an oven. Each method has its advantages and disadvantages. Before cleaning, you should choose the most suitable method for your toys. Hopefully, with our guidelines, your little friends will always be healthy and happy. Thanks for taking the time to read this article. Have a good day.