So apparently it didn’t cost anything, our friends sister had it and gave it to us. That’s very nice of her.
What I found out is the carpet at the bottom of the cage – it’s able to be washed so too the bed. Nice. Yesterday I did a massive cleaning – took the foam out of the carpet and it and the bed went into the washer on gentle cycle then into the dryer on the same gentle cycle. The foam pad was left in full sunshine for a couple of hours. Sunshine is excellent and killing any nastiness that might have been in there.
The cat seems happier with a clean cage. Now don’t get me wrong I’d been cleaning out the puppy pads, replacing water and food etc. But I guess even a cat knows when it’s time to do a thorough cleaning. I figure I’ll do that once a week or two.