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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 10-12-2009, 08:24 PM Thread Starter
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cleaning question. messy bunny!

does anyone have any tips for keeping your house clean? Charmin has a very very large NIC cage but the cage is in a carpeted room! i am having sooo much trouble keeping hay off of the carpet. Seems like I do more cleaning than hanging out with Charmin. And before too long there will be another bunny is a big NIC cage living in that same room.

hay will tear up a normal vacuum. I hate shop vacs, they seem so dusty and mess with my allergies. plus they are loud! And the one I have still doesnt pick up hay. It freaks Charmin out too.

anyone ever try sweeping hay off of the carpet with a broom? its horrible!
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The curse of keeping rabbits! I spend a lot of time cleaning up after my trio.

I found a vacuum that deals with the hay pretty well. It's an older model dirt devil, and I discovered that if I remove all the attachments and use only the hose, it's pretty good at sucking up the large pieces of hay. Then I can just vacuum regularly to get up the smaller pieces and the dust.

Another thing I can suggest that has been helping me is that I got a really high sided litter pan. I got this one...
http://www.leithpetwerks.com/prodpag...rod_code=LP120
It's expensive I know, but it's the highest sided one I've found so far and it does help to keep the hay contained more.

Really the only other thing I can suggest is that I clean the room/cage every day, or every other day. If I let it go any longer than that it starts to get pretty bad, which means more time spent cleaning.

But yeah, I guess it's just part of having a rabbit. They can be really messy! I'm amazed sometimes at what a huge mess my tiny little guys can make.


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Beside's Dragonrain's suggestions, my suggestion would be placing a mat underneath the cage. Something smooth..maybe like one of those workshop placemats. Something that's easier to just sweep off, you know?
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I have a central vac, so I can vaccuum up alot of it LOL!
I would just put a big tarp under the cage, or even vinyl runners. (I THINK thats what theyre called?)



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i like the big tarp idea! they might eat some holes in it from time to time though.


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Oh well... I guess it would double as a toy LOL!



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the tarp is working great!


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I used to have a vinyl runner and Acacia chewed it so as with tarp Im sure you have to be super careful in its placement so they cannot chew it!
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so far they have not paid any attention to the tarp. I would not be surprised if they ate holes in it though!


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Be careful if they start chewing it, I would be worried about it causing a blockage or something.

But I'm glad you found something that's working for you.


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Thanks but i am not that worried.
eating that would probably be better than eating the carpet, and that is a big possibility. or eating the plastic litter boxes....
or baseboards.


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I found out what to do!

take out the carpet and put down vinyl tile! LOL! I got sick of it, and aggravated one day and started tearing off carpet in that spot.

so now we can just sweep up any mess


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Have you tried calling a sign shop and ordering a sheet of coraplast to make a pan? The shop over here quoted me 20.00 for a sheet.you just lay it out a and score the corners to make a big Corigated Plastic Pan set cage in it and you are golden.


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yeah, i thought about doing that. but decided just to put down the tile.
it was a large area, 15 ft by 9 ft. and we dont have a truck to haul anything


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