Rat safe air freshners

Discussion in 'Health & General Care' started by ViciousCurse, Oct 23, 2019.

Help Support Rat Shack Forum by donating:

  1. Oct 23, 2019 #1

    ViciousCurse

    ViciousCurse

    ViciousCurse

    Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jan 28, 2019
    Messages:
    66
    Likes Received:
    253
    Location:
    Minnesota, USA
    I'd like to preface this thread by saying I do NOT use aerosols, those cone thingies, plug-ins, etc. I'm instead looking for safe or alternative ways to help freshen up my living space. Whether it is rat safe air freshners (don't know that that exists) or how to DIY my own ratty safe air freshner.

    I live in Minnesota, USA and it's starting to get too cold to open windows and as it turns out, my apartment's air is quite still and stagnant. We have high ceilings, no ceiling fans, etc. I can only place so many fans too lol.

    Any ideas? Any help is greatly appreciated!
     
  2. Oct 23, 2019 #2

    jorats

    jorats

    jorats

    Not So Much Staff Member Admin

    Joined:
    Jul 21, 2007
    Messages:
    45,172
    Likes Received:
    2,089
    Location:
    Northeastern Ontario
  3. Oct 23, 2019 #3

    ViciousCurse

    ViciousCurse

    ViciousCurse

    Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jan 28, 2019
    Messages:
    66
    Likes Received:
    253
    Location:
    Minnesota, USA
    Thank you for the advice! I looked up how to make my own air fresheners that are safe for pets (just to see what it was like) and it told me to get essential oils. I instantly put a kabosh on making DIY air freshners with that lol. I'm not against alternative medicine, however I don't like people saying to use CBD oil or whatever for their dogs or cats simply because we can't ask our pets how that stuff made them feel afterwards.

    I'll use the air sponge for now. I'm afraid my bird would think the vinegar's a bath for him :eek:

    How do you "fix" the musky smell? I have multiple litterboxes that are cleaned twice a week, I move any stray poos into litterboxes, I have pee rocks for my boys, my rat fleece is washed once a week (I don't have an extra set at the time, so I can't clean that twice a week) and I do a deeper clean once a week, and even all of my cardboard boxes are replaced twice a week and my plastic hides are wiped down once a week as well. My boys don't appear to have a build up of buck grease either. Also, all of my boys have white/cream/beige on them (even little Luci, who is a black berkshire lol) I'd see any sort of build up, especially when I part their fur.

    I also lifted up every boy and smelled them, lol. Some of funny looks I got was the best part.

    Should I consider cleaning the bars of the cage as well? I also vacuum the floor once a week (all boys are put into a holding cage, put into another room, and then the room's door is closed so they don't hear the vacuum as loudly), so there isn't little stray poos on the floor either.

    I suspect the move has caused quite a bit of stress, so this could attribute to a strong odor as well.
     
    Dena likes this.
  4. Oct 24, 2019 #4

    jorats

    jorats

    jorats

    Not So Much Staff Member Admin

    Joined:
    Jul 21, 2007
    Messages:
    45,172
    Likes Received:
    2,089
    Location:
    Northeastern Ontario
    You are doing a good job keeping their habitat clean. When I did my deep clean once a week, that included the bars as well. One thing I did, everyday I would pick out the poops and discard them. But we need to remember that rats have a natural musky smell just like how dogs have their natural smell or cats and so on. Keeping the cage in a wide open space helps a lot too.
    What kind of bird do you have? That's too funny that he/she might choose to bathe in vinegar. Not good!
     
  5. Oct 24, 2019 #5

    Dena

    Dena

    Dena

    Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Nov 13, 2018
    Messages:
    51
    Likes Received:
    204
    Location:
    Texas
    Those fridge boxes of baking soda, where you peel and panel off the front and back are great! I use them by the mouse cages (mice are far more stinky than rats) and they have worked wonders! Also, I have a Honeywell air purifier, with a hepa filter. That helps a lot too, since it moves, and cleans air.
     
  6. Oct 24, 2019 #6

    ViciousCurse

    ViciousCurse

    ViciousCurse

    Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jan 28, 2019
    Messages:
    66
    Likes Received:
    253
    Location:
    Minnesota, USA
    Okay, that sounds good, I'll start cleaning my bars now too. My cage is in a fairly large bedroom, but is in the corner. I haven't quite figured out my room set up, so I may move them out of the corner and so on. I always worry about too much smell, because while my apartment complex does know I have rats and does approve of them, but I just don't want them thinking my rats are too stinky :( We all know how people can be about our pet rats. I personally don't care if they have the musk, it's just the people around me I worry about.

    For now, the only reason stray poos get put into the litterbox is because I've been having some rats struggle with their litterbox training, so I'm attempting to re-train them. I don't expect them to ALWAYS poop in just their litterboxes. Thankfully, it's helped considerably now.

    I also went out and bought that Nature's AirSponge. Turns out my local hardware store carried it, so I bought a tub and put it next to my rat cage. Not close enough that they can grab it or anything, just close enough to absorb as much odor as possible. I've noticed an immediate difference already! So thank you very much for the recommendation.

    Also, I have a green cheek conure named Callum :) He's very funny about his baths. He's goofy and likes to sit on my shoulder when a rat is already sitting on the other shoulder. I don't encourage it, but animals will be animals.

    I've thought about getting an air purifier! In the last two years, I suddenly developed allergies and asthma, so maybe having that sort of thing would help me and the natural musky smell.

    Oh, baking soda! Do you just leave the open box near their cage, or do you put it in a bucket/bowl? Again, with Callum, I just worry that in his free time, he'll get into it.
     

Share This Page