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ImoT
18-03-2015, 10:24 AM
I am a very clean person, bordering on obsessive, I can handle dirt as long as I know where it has come from, so I can handle bunny poo and wee because I know it's come from my bunny. I empty and disinfect his litter tray once a day, sweep up various bits of hay/dirt once a day depending how much of a mess Winston makes, and I disinfect his cage tray/food bowl/various bits and pieces anywhere between one and three times a week. The rest of the kitchen (where he lives) gets a sweep a few times a week and the floor is disinfected once a week. I am interested to hear other people's routines? It would be good to know whether my routine is fairly normal or if I need to do less or more of something!

I am moving Winston to the living room after he has been neutered and his litter training is re-established, so I would be interested to hear how others clean carpets? Do you steam clean it? I think I will need to invest in a dust buster/mini hoover when he is relocated to the living room and i've always wanted an excuse to buy a steam cleaner :p

I know some of you might be thinking 'why did you get a rabbit if you can't handle mess/dirt' but I used to have a horse so I know I can deal with it, and the pros of animal ownership far outweigh the cons of testing my ability to handle dirt!

chloemurray
18-03-2015, 10:29 AM
None of mine use a litter tray any more, it's infuriating as they all used to be so clean :lol: I have to clean and disinfect their pens every day because they poo and pee everywhere. They're out in a shed though so it's not so bad :)

ImoT
18-03-2015, 11:05 AM
None of mine use a litter tray any more, it's infuriating as they all used to be so clean :lol: I have to clean and disinfect their pens every day because they poo and pee everywhere. They're out in a shed though so it's not so bad :)

Ahh that is frustrating, do you know what instigated them to stop using the litter tray? We've been quite lucky with Winston, although he randomly decided to pee against the baseboard protector (ie. a big piece of wood from b&q) under the washing machine yesterday, no idea why! I don't know why he would territory mark there as he doesn't ever really sit there!

Hele
18-03-2015, 11:05 AM
I empty litter trays do a quick sweep up 3-4 times a week. I don't disinfect their trays, they get wiped out with tissue every time, wet wipes if a lot of pee has got through to the plastic and maybe once every few months I might take it out and give it a scrub with soap and water.

I do a proper clean once a week, sometimes just with a dustpan but very thoroughly and sometimes with the Hoover. I wash their mats when they have pee or other mess on but very rarely as they are very clean. I steam clean occasionally which I suppose is disinfecting the area but only since a steam mop is sooo easy to use :lol:

Bowls get washed in soapy water and rinsed well every now and then (maybe once a week ish) I don't really have a routine but just do it when i think to!

I own pet safe disinfectant for the hamster (bought for new hammy before he got anything old hammies had) and I do use it as it is the easiest way to keep his huge unwieldy cage clean.

I see no reason to disinfect for the buns though. I don't disinfect the stuff the humans eat off, let alone the rabbits! Soap and water is cheap, has less chemicals and works perfectly well! I do have an antibacterial spray for the kitchen surfaces but it think that's the only antibacterial cleaning thing I use!

Sarah1991
18-03-2015, 11:11 AM
I actually only clean out my litter trays fully about twice maybe three times a week. The megazorb underneath the hay in the litter tray catches a lot of the wee and soaks it up brilliantly so the tray isn't actually wet until maybe two or three days after I've changed it. I'm constantly topping up the hay inside of it and in the hay rack above it.

Mine usually get a full enclosure clean once a week sometimes once a fortnight if they are being good, I sweep up poops and hay twice a day morning and night. x

keletkezes
18-03-2015, 11:46 AM
Lopsy's very clean and uses his litter tray to the exclusion of all else for wee (he'll even hold it for a while!), and not many stray poos either. Any stray poos in his bedding area I hand-pick (did you know they're slightly sticky straight-out-of-bun?! :lol:) and his litter tray gets changed daily. I use pelleted recycled paper: indoors I didn't use very much as it got kicked out if there was a lot, so I had to wash the tray out more often as wee made it to the bottom and soaked the pelleted paper right through, but outside I just tap it out once (not 5 times!) and refill it, and wash it once a week. When I wash I usually just scrub it with water and rinse well. I clean out his bedding area once a week, although I'm trialling once a fortnight at the moment as it's not been too wet and the bedding has remained well intact and warm, and I want to see if I need to do it when I'm pootling around the country Easter-time. It's newspaper and woodshavings (I know, I know!) topped with hay, so it's easy to whip out but takes longer to refill: the newspaper has to be put in my special cover-all way as the metal tray is a weird size :evil:

I've deep-cleaned a few times: if the inside gets wet (rain ingress, that time Lopsy decided his litter tray was in the wrong place) I run a brush around it with pet-safe disinfectant and wipe the tray down. I sometimes soak-disinfect his litter tray too. Water bowl gets a once-weekly wipe with a sponge. Water bottle gets a once-weekly shake with water, or a detergent scrub PRN if it goes green :mrgreen:

ImoT
18-03-2015, 11:48 AM
I empty litter trays do a quick sweep up 3-4 times a week. I don't disinfect their trays, they get wiped out with tissue every time, wet wipes if a lot of pee has got through to the plastic and maybe once every few months I might take it out and give it a scrub with soap and water.

I do a proper clean once a week, sometimes just with a dustpan but very thoroughly and sometimes with the Hoover. I wash their mats when they have pee or other mess on but very rarely as they are very clean. I steam clean occasionally which I suppose is disinfecting the area but only since a steam mop is sooo easy to use :lol:

Bowls get washed in soapy water and rinsed well every now and then (maybe once a week ish) I don't really have a routine but just do it when i think to!

I own pet safe disinfectant for the hamster (bought for new hammy before he got anything old hammies had) and I do use it as it is the easiest way to keep his huge unwieldy cage clean.

I see no reason to disinfect for the buns though. I don't disinfect the stuff the humans eat off, let alone the rabbits! Soap and water is cheap, has less chemicals and works perfectly well! I do have an antibacterial spray for the kitchen surfaces but it think that's the only antibacterial cleaning thing I use!


I actually only clean out my litter trays fully about twice maybe three times a week. The megazorb underneath the hay in the litter tray catches a lot of the wee and soaks it up brilliantly so the tray isn't actually wet until maybe two or three days after I've changed it. I'm constantly topping up the hay inside of it and in the hay rack above it.

Mine usually get a full enclosure clean once a week sometimes once a fortnight if they are being good, I sweep up poops and hay twice a day morning and night. x

It's really interesting hearing about others routines. Winston currently uses a corner litter tray that is designed for guinea pigs because I had to put it inside the rectangle litter tray because his wee was going over the edge….he likes to wee right in the corner! But I may switch things around and use the rabbit sized corner litter tray so I don't have to clean it out so much and he doesn't have to deal with me interfering with his space every day. The disinfectant I use is animal safe, and in my brain things aren't clean unless they are disinfected. I think I have the worlds fullest cleaning cupboard, I have every ecover/method product under the sun and an endless supply of bleach!

Sarah I hadn't heard of megazorb before…just looked it up and it's so cheap! I use p@h wood pellets, 60litres for either £17 or £19 I can't remember, but I may have to try out megazorb next time!

chloemurray
18-03-2015, 11:49 AM
Ahh that is frustrating, do you know what instigated them to stop using the litter tray? We've been quite lucky with Winston, although he randomly decided to pee against the baseboard protector (ie. a big piece of wood from b&q) under the washing machine yesterday, no idea why! I don't know why he would territory mark there as he doesn't ever really sit there!

Unfortunately I have no idea why they've stopped using the trays!

ImoT
18-03-2015, 11:52 AM
Lopsy's very clean and uses his litter tray to the exclusion of all else for wee (he'll even hold it for a while!), and not many stray poos either. Any stray poos in his bedding area I hand-pick (did you know they're slightly sticky straight-out-of-bun?! :lol:) and his litter tray gets changed daily. I use pelleted recycled paper: indoors I didn't use very much as it got kicked out if there was a lot, so I had to wash the tray out more often as wee made it to the bottom and soaked the pelleted paper right through, but outside I just tap it out once (not 5 times!) and refill it, and wash it once a week. When I wash I usually just scrub it with water and rinse well. I clean out his bedding area once a week, although I'm trialling once a fortnight at the moment as it's not been too wet and the bedding has remained well intact and warm, and I want to see if I need to do it when I'm pootling around the country Easter-time. It's newspaper and woodshavings (I know, I know!) topped with hay, so it's easy to whip out but takes longer to refill: the newspaper has to be put in my special cover-all way as the metal tray is a weird size :evil:

I've deep-cleaned a few times: if the inside gets wet (rain ingress, that time Lopsy decided his litter tray was in the wrong place) I run a brush around it with pet-safe disinfectant and wipe the tray down. I sometimes soak-disinfect his litter tray too. Water bowl gets a once-weekly wipe with a sponge. Water bottle gets a once-weekly shake with water, or a detergent scrub PRN if it goes green :mrgreen:

I hand pick Winston's poos out of his hay when he decides to poo in his hay and not in his litter part of the tray!! I do it as soon as I see them and yes sometimes they have been slightly fresher (ie. warm and sticky) :lol:

Sarah1991
18-03-2015, 11:53 AM
It's really interesting hearing about others routines. Winston currently uses a corner litter tray that is designed for guinea pigs because I had to put it inside the rectangle litter tray because his wee was going over the edge….he likes to wee right in the corner! But I may switch things around and use the rabbit sized corner litter tray so I don't have to clean it out so much and he doesn't have to deal with me interfering with his space every day. The disinfectant I use is animal safe, and in my brain things aren't clean unless they are disinfected. I think I have the worlds fullest cleaning cupboard, I have every ecover/method product under the sun and an endless supply of bleach!

Sarah I hadn't heard of megazorb before…just looked it up and it's so cheap! I use p@h wood pellets, 60litres for either £17 or £19 I can't remember, but I may have to try out megazorb next time!

I have to admit I love Megazorb, its got a but of a strange smell but its not overpowering and you can't smell it in the trays. Its really absorbent and unless its completely sodden doesn't smell at all. I buy the huge 80 litre bags from The Hay experts at the minute and it lasts me ages! x

Fellie
18-03-2015, 11:57 AM
Pens get swept out 2 to 3 times a week...and completely washed down with white vinegar and hot water once a month.
I use Megazorb covered with hay for their litter trays..hay gets changed every 2 days and wet Megazorb taken out with a full change and tray scrub weekly.

tabithakat64
18-03-2015, 12:00 PM
I use fitch which I prefer to megazorb. I sweep up daily and change litter trays and bedding every three days, more often if in summer or as needed. Bowls and bottles get washed every couple of days and trays get disinfected once a week at this time of year but twice in summer.

ImoT
18-03-2015, 12:52 PM
I have to admit I love Megazorb, its got a but of a strange smell but its not overpowering and you can't smell it in the trays. Its really absorbent and unless its completely sodden doesn't smell at all. I buy the huge 80 litre bags from The Hay experts at the minute and it lasts me ages! x

Woww from The Hay Experts it's only £9.79…mind = blown!!! I might get some and mix it with his wood pellets to see if he is happy using it.

Angie65
18-03-2015, 01:17 PM
Most of my litter trays are indoor cage bases (without the cage bit). I clean the bits they like to wee in daily & then sweep the floor once or twice a week. I did a full wall/floor scrub disinfect a couple of weeks ago. That's usually once every 6-8 weeks now really. I use newspaper & hay in litter trays.

ImoT
18-03-2015, 01:24 PM
Most of my litter trays are indoor cage bases (without the cage bit). I clean the bits they like to wee in daily & then sweep the floor once or twice a week. I did a full wall/floor scrub disinfect a couple of weeks ago. That's usually once every 6-8 weeks now really. I use newspaper & hay in litter trays.

I'm considering doing this as well, turning his cage tray base into one big litter tray with litter and hay. How often do you take out all the remaining litter and hay and clean the whole tray?

tlcwrites
18-03-2015, 01:38 PM
The outside girls - Elphie and Galinda - get a full clean once a week and litter trays/poo corner clean ups 3/4 times a week. Every spring, I like to do a really deep clean overhaul prior to "fly season". Multiple layers of disinfectant and all that. Generally, they use wood shavings (large flakes, designed for horses), straw and hay.

Athena, we haven't got into a routine yet. At the moment she has used a cardboard box filled with hay (which has just been fully emptied and partially destroyed as I await getting her home from the vets), a huge litter tray which I think was an old "guinea pig" indoor cage and is filled with cat wood-bases pellets.. And she has also decided to use an actual cat litter tray. Oh bunnies...

Scrappy's Little Helper
18-03-2015, 02:13 PM
I think I'm a bit OCD with Scrappy :oops: Her hutch (open 24/7) gets a full clean once a week (swept, hoovered and steam cleaned), plus daily spot clean. Food tray and water bottle and bowls (she gets a choice :lol:) cleaned with boiling water twice a day and litter tray usually cleaned three times a day (again with boiling water).

ImoT
18-03-2015, 02:35 PM
I think I'm a bit OCD with Scrappy :oops: Her hutch (open 24/7) gets a full clean once a week (swept, hoovered and steam cleaned), plus daily spot clean. Food tray and water bottle and bowls (she gets a choice :lol:) cleaned with boiling water twice a day and litter tray usually cleaned three times a day (again with boiling water).

You make me seem laid back about cleanliness! :p Is Scrappy an indoor bun?

Kuz
18-03-2015, 02:37 PM
Wow! I feel like a bad mum after reading this!
My two are in a big two storey hutch outside, the sleeping bit is always full of hay & paper & a layer of shavings in the winter which gets emptied weekly, Its only a sweep and blow out of any fur caught then the new stuff goes in, the rest of it, the corner litter tray gets the worst wet bits done every other day and a full empty with a spritz of vinegar every 3-4 days. The floor mess old hay and a fee shavings only comes out once a week too! Its only a sweep and blow out of any fur caught then the new stuff goes in.

Snowflake-George
18-03-2015, 02:57 PM
Woww from The Hay Experts it's only £9.79…mind = blown!!! I might get some and mix it with his wood pellets to see if he is happy using it.

I get my Megazorb from a local pet store and it costs £9.20. So it is a good price but The Hay Experts will charge delivery - it is £4.99 for my area.

Amazon has it for £15.99 with free delivery, GJW Titmuss has it for £7.92 plus a £6.95 per bulk item delivery charge.

MightyMax
18-03-2015, 03:02 PM
I am a very clean person, bordering on obsessive, I can handle dirt as long as I know where it has come from, so I can handle bunny poo and wee because I know it's come from my bunny. I empty and disinfect his litter tray once a day, sweep up various bits of hay/dirt once a day depending how much of a mess Winston makes, and I disinfect his cage tray/food bowl/various bits and pieces anywhere between one and three times a week. The rest of the kitchen (where he lives) gets a sweep a few times a week and the floor is disinfected once a week. I am interested to hear other people's routines? It would be good to know whether my routine is fairly normal or if I need to do less or more of something!

I am moving Winston to the living room after he has been neutered and his litter training is re-established, so I would be interested to hear how others clean carpets? Do you steam clean it? I think I will need to invest in a dust buster/mini hoover when he is relocated to the living room and i've always wanted an excuse to buy a steam cleaner :p

I know some of you might be thinking 'why did you get a rabbit if you can't handle mess/dirt' but I used to have a horse so I know I can deal with it, and the pros of animal ownership far outweigh the cons of testing my ability to handle dirt!

For me a steam cleaner is a Godsend :thumb: You need a fair bit of strength to move it around (mine's a professional one that I share with a friend - we both paid half). But it does all the house, and I need that as all my buns are totally free range :shock:

I tend to clean the hard floors (kitchen, bathroom etc) every day (I wash them) as otherwise bits of hay tread out onto the carpets and look a mess. Litter trays get cleaned thoroughly every day, and blankets for my elderly buns changed daily too.

I think your own routine is your own, and I don't compare myself to anyone else! I keep the place as clean as I like it - other bits get left though, like the dreaded dusting :lol:

ImoT
18-03-2015, 03:45 PM
I get my Megazorb from a local pet store and it costs £9.20. So it is a good price but The Hay Experts will charge delivery - it is £4.99 for my area.

Amazon has it for £15.99 with free delivery, GJW Titmuss has it for £7.92 plus a £6.95 per bulk item delivery charge.

Oooo thanks you for letting me know :) I currently have enough wood pellet litter to last the next 4 months or so but I think I shall try out some megazorb when it's time for me to get some more litter!


For me a steam cleaner is a Godsend :thumb: You need a fair bit of strength to move it around (mine's a professional one that I share with a friend - we both paid half). But it does all the house, and I need that as all my buns are totally free range :shock:

I tend to clean the hard floors (kitchen, bathroom etc) every day (I wash them) as otherwise bits of hay tread out onto the carpets and look a mess. Litter trays get cleaned thoroughly every day, and blankets for my elderly buns changed daily too.

I think your own routine is your own, and I don't compare myself to anyone else! I keep the place as clean as I like it - other bits get left though, like the dreaded dusting :lol:

Thanks for the advice re the steam cleaner :) I think I shall be trying to persuade my OH to let me get one this evening :-p I don't think I need a professional one as such as it will mainly be just for the bunny room (i.e. kitchen at the moment and then living room) and maybe a couple of times a year i'll use it on all the carpets/windows.

I wasn't trying to compare people's routines in a negative way, I just am just interested that's all :)

FloLo
18-03-2015, 09:28 PM
I clean Flo's hutch out maybe once every two weeks, maybe longer if I'm really busy! But she has never pooed or peed in her hutch, she always does it in the same spot outside! She also spends the majority of her time outside, she often sleeps out too. I do check to make sure it is clean, dry, she has enough straw etc every day though.

mabels mum
18-03-2015, 09:38 PM
I clean Mabel and Arthur's litter tray out every other day. I sweep their pen out once a day and hoover every other day in their room and any other rooms with hay trails. I wipe the pen down with vinegar/water solution once every couple of weeks. I have a dust buster for stray bits of hay and currently use megazob in the litter tray. Water bowls get changed every time the dishwasher goes on so about three times a week. I also dust the bunny room one a week as the fur and hay needs to be kept on top of.

Ruthyjones89
18-03-2015, 10:19 PM
Well as my buns have a cage as a base, they get completely cleaned & their pens hoovered weekly. But I do poop sweeps every morning and night!

As they are in the lounge, I also dust & Hoover this every other day & the bunnies love running round chasing the cable! :)

Lea-Anne
19-03-2015, 11:53 AM
Mine get cleaned out every day. I'm obsessive about cleanliness/ paranoid they smell.

Angie65
19-03-2015, 12:11 PM
I'm considering doing this as well, turning his cage tray base into one big litter tray with litter and hay. How often do you take out all the remaining litter and hay and clean the whole tray?

a couple of times a week :) - When I was on holiday for 3 weeks the whole thing was only done once a week & wasn't in that bad a state when I got back

Kipper
21-03-2015, 02:42 AM
I have 5 buns all indoors. I have 3 together in 1 cage & a pair in another. I sweep their floors a minimum of twice a day & spray with johnsons clean & fresh once a day (more if they have an accident.) I have several litter trays one in each of their cages with megazorb & they're cleaned daily. I then have several in my living room which they all use when having free run of room. I normally allow each set of buns 2 hours free range before swapping them over & I will sweep & replenish hay at the same time. The communal trays are normally cleaned every couple of days

Alison Marie
21-03-2015, 03:02 PM
Jasper once to twice a week in the winter, in the summer every other day. He's quite a clean bun and he's indoors

Buttons and nibbles, twice to three times a week at the moment. inthe summer it's every other day, sometimes every day depending on what they're like. I do a proper clean up once a week, just spot cleaning during the week.

Fee
21-03-2015, 04:00 PM
I clean mine every day.. I must cinfess I only do that because I hate the smell of rabbit pee...

I hate if the shed has an odour.. My husband says it never smells vile but I must have a very keen nose,... I prefer it as I dont want the bunnies getting sore hocks from wet hay ...

That said, my car smells like a bunny toilet as i transport the used hay to the tip in my car!!

Rupert & Tia
23-03-2015, 01:17 PM
We do a full shed clean once a week (all hay and straw out, thoroughtly hoover the entire shed) and in winter, do the litter trays another one time thru the week (they have three and one in the house), in summer, we play it by ear sorta thing, it depends whats in them, but tends to be every day. the shed floor gets sweeped every morning too.
We use Aldi wipes, boiling water from the kettle and steam cleaner :)

Elena
23-03-2015, 01:30 PM
I change their two litter trays every other day and then other day I swap them round as they do the majority in the tray in my bedroom. Once or twice a day I hoover up stray poops and hay and spot clean any wees, which have greatly reduced since we lost Nutmeg. Then once a week I do a big clean, one week it will be my bedroom, then the next week the other room. I'll hoover really thoroughly then mop the room and wash the blankets if they need it.

As for food bowls I don't really bother cleaning them that much as I don't use them for pellets, only dried forage/fresh veg. Dried forage doesn't make a mess and when they have fresh veg I just wipe it round with toilet or kitchen roll. I rinse their bowl every day and put fresh water in then once a week I'll clean it with hot water before I mop.

I noticed when I swapped to using F10 for mopping and wiping the litter trays that it smelt more, since going back to vinegar the smell has gone completely. F10 must disinfect well but not actually lift wee residue.

Scrappy's Little Helper
23-03-2015, 08:30 PM
You make me seem laid back about cleanliness! :p Is Scrappy an indoor bun?

Yes, she is - she has 24/7 free range in the flat. :) To be honest I'm not usually obsessive about cleaning but Scrappy is the first bun I've ever owned and I didn't really know what was a "normal" cleaning routine.

TheBee
23-03-2015, 08:39 PM
I empty litter trays do a quick sweep up 3-4 times a week. I don't disinfect their trays, they get wiped out with tissue every time, wet wipes if a lot of pee has got through to the plastic and maybe once every few months I might take it out and give it a scrub with soap and water.

I do a proper clean once a week, sometimes just with a dustpan but very thoroughly and sometimes with the Hoover. I wash their mats when they have pee or other mess on but very rarely as they are very clean. I steam clean occasionally which I suppose is disinfecting the area but only since a steam mop is sooo easy to use :lol:

Bowls get washed in soapy water and rinsed well every now and then (maybe once a week ish) I don't really have a routine but just do it when i think to!

I own pet safe disinfectant for the hamster (bought for new hammy before he got anything old hammies had) and I do use it as it is the easiest way to keep his huge unwieldy cage clean.

I see no reason to disinfect for the buns though. I don't disinfect the stuff the humans eat off, let alone the rabbits! Soap and water is cheap, has less chemicals and works perfectly well! I do have an antibacterial spray for the kitchen surfaces but it think that's the only antibacterial cleaning thing I use!

This. I really think that being overly clean can be more detrimental than anything else. Mine are indoors and I dont disinfect anything.

Gem
24-03-2015, 06:24 PM
The outdoor bunnies get cleaned out every other week fully. I disinfect every six months if that

Free range bunny has her cage tray done once a week. Never disinfect

The upstairs two have their puppy pads changed every other day and litter trays and room vacuumed once a week. Also don't disinfect

ImoT
24-03-2015, 08:34 PM
Yes, she is - she has 24/7 free range in the flat. :) To be honest I'm not usually obsessive about cleaning but Scrappy is the first bun I've ever owned and I didn't really know what was a "normal" cleaning routine.

Winston's the first bun i've owned too, hence why I started this thread to try and find out what the average was….although I have now learned that there isn't much of an average as everyone seems to do different things, which makes me feel better :)