Is Acrylic Paint Safe for Hamsters, Rabbits, and Guinea Pigs?

WHICH PAINTS ARE SAFE TO USE AROUND HAMSTERS?

Acrylic paint is non-toxic and at low risk of causing harm, but it’s not advised to put anything painted with it in a hamster cage.

Being rodents, hamsters, rabbits, squirrels, and guinea pigs are all notorious chewers.

The paint may be hazardous for them if they happen to consume it or get ingested.

It is, however, safe to paint a hamster cage using acrylic paint if you plan to decorate it from the outside to enhance its aesthetic looks.

Using homemade food-grade paints or soy paint is another method that will be safer to apply to the hamster cage or decorate it.

Choose beautiful colors for the cage and paint it responsibly while keeping your hamster secure.

If you want to read more about rabbit-friendly hutch paints and all the safe practices, I’ll go through everything you need to know about painting your animal cages safely in this post.

So, let’s keep reading!

Can Hamsters and Guinea Pigs be Around Paints?

The most significant risk to animals from wood preservatives is the toxic fumes from wet paint or primer when they are around the cage.

Even when the paint is dry, preservative paints can harm your pets if ingested.

While many pet-safe paints are available, painting the interior of a rabbit, guinea pig, hamster, or hedgehog house is not advisable under any circumstances, as these animals are heavy chewers.

Keep the interiors of the cage untreated, and do not allow the animals to be around them when you apply the paint or other finishes on them.

The inside of the crate will deteriorate with time, but you may help preserve the animal house’s material by cleaning it once a month with a pet-safe disinfectant.

Before putting your pet back in, give it a good scrub and let it dry.

What Paints are Safe to Use Around Hamsters and Rabbits?

To be honest, the safest type of paint or finish for the hamsters or rabbits would be to use – no finish at all.

Especially if you plan to finish your rabbit’s hutch made of wood outside, there aren’t any durable exterior-grade wood finishes that are also natural.

You can use acrylic paints for indoor cages (made of wood or metal) as they are pretty safe.

Ensure you only coat the cage from the outside and do not apply the paint from the inside.

If you plan to use anything other than acrylic, make sure it is 100% pet safe.

These protective paints are beneficial because they mean your pet rabbits, hedgehogs, and hamsters can be around it once dry without any harm.

Here are the key elements to look for when shopping for rodent-safe paint:

  • Non-toxic
  • Water-based or wax/acrylic
  • VOC-free (volatile organic compounds)
  • Free from carcinogens, petrochemicals, heavy metals, or creosote

You should always double-check the list of ingredients on the paint can before purchasing it, as some companies change their products without updating the information on their website or paint cans.

When in doubt, ask the store manager or call the customer service number on the paint can for more information about the ingredients.

The best way to find out whether the paint is pet-safe is by reading online reviews from other pet parents who have used it before.

Once you have selected the right paint, apply at least two coats of it evenly to the hutch and wait a week for it to dry completely before bringing your pets home.

Should You Seal the Inside of the Rabbit Hutch After Painting – Safety Tips

If you have applied the paint to the wooden cage inside and are planning to move your pets back inside, it’s advisable to seal the inside for extra protection.

You can do this using a Mod Podge sealer – it will protect the paint from chipping and getting washed off soon.

I highly recommend Mod Podge sealers because they are a water-based, non-toxic sealant that is safe for use around children.

If used correctly, it should also be safe to have around your hamster.

Not only that, but Mod Podge is also waterproof – perfect in case you need to hose down or clean the painted cage!

Final Thoughts

I hope this post helped you understand whether it is safe to paint your animal cages or not.

As a general rule of thumb, it is best to avoid painting the inside of your animal cages, hutches, or coops.

If you must paint them, make sure you use a pet-safe paint and seal the inside with a non-toxic sealant.

This will keep the material protected while keeping your furry friends safe!

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