Ah, the joys of being a bird owner! From talking to your bird to playing with them, there’s no greater joy than having a feathered friend in your home! Of course, just like any pet, birds need your ultimate attention when it comes to care — especially cleaning their cage. If you’re a first-time bird owner, then here are some helpful tips on how to clean your bird’s little home:
Wash the Dishes
One of the most important parts of owning a bird (besides feeding it) is to clean their dishes. Since your feathered friend can’t put their bowls in the sink or dishwasher, it’s essential that you keep a close eye on the dining ware.
To start, you’ll want an extra food dish and water bowl before you remove the existing two. Next, after swapping out the dining ware, you’ll want to wash their food dish and water bowl thoroughly. When doing this step, you have the option to either place them in the dishwasher or wash them by hand — but it’s important to make sure that they are scrubbed/sanitized thoroughly.
After the cleaning process is over, you’ll want to wipe down their food dish and water bowl as neatly as possible — since you don’t want any disinfectant to remain. Finally, once this step is complete, and they’re both dry, you then have clean dining ware to give your feathered friend for the next day!
Change the Liner
Right next to washing the dishes, this step ranks high in importance: changing the liner of your bird’s cage. Of course, being the floor of your feathered friend’s home, you’ll want to make sure that you select the proper liner before making the change.
One of the best liners to use is a black and white newspaper sheet since color newspapers can host a series of harmful chemicals that will be detrimental to your bird’s health. Once you acquire the proper lining, it’s time to remove the old “flooring”!
First, you’ll want to remove the current lining with ease. After that’s complete, make sure to wipe down the base with a paper towel, just so that the new lining won’t get damp. Once that’s complete, it’s time to line the cage with the new “flooring” — and then you’ll be good to go! Your feathered friend will be so happy with their new, clean lining!