SPCA’s new Shelter Health pro website in Ontario contains so much interesting information for shelter staff, kennel operators and animal shelters! Good tips include how to clean cat cages while minimizing stress for cats.
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Cleaning of cat cage
Cleaning is very stressful for cats. To minimize stress for cats, a one-time cleaning is used if the cage is not very dirty. For example, spilled litter, feces or urine outside the cat’s toilet, or spilled water.
To reduce stress during the cleaning of stains:
Calmly open and close the doors of the cage.
The inside of the cage is wiped to remove organic matter or stains. The litter and food and water bowls are removed and replaced with fresh ones. Bed linen and toys can be shaken to remove dust, and then again put in the cage (approach “fluff and fold”). Bed linen is replaced only if it is dirty and unhygienic.
It is imperative to preserve the” presence ” of the cats (like their smell) as much as possible and not overwhelm them with the smell of the disinfectant.
An Ontario SPCA cat cabin (or Hide Box, Perch & Go box ™ or Wildcat Box) is a great option to provide the cat with a hiding place while you clean up. It also retains its smell and does not need to be replaced unless it gets dirty or finished.
Another option that allows cats to hide is a small cat box with a door, like the “Wildcat Den”, located inside the cage. The den for wild cats is made of plexiglass, but any other easy-to-clean material is suitable. These boxes need to be thoroughly cleaned between the cats. This is often used in residential areas of wild cats, but can also be effective for domestic cats. It has the added benefit of giving each cat a comfortable place to hide.