Lets talk about the
odor that sugar gliders have and why its so important.
Sugar gliders are colony animals and
they rely on scents for their colony and habitat. All sugar gliders have an
odor but the unaltered males have a much stronger musky scent than females or
Sugar gliders will mark their territory
by rubbing their scent glands on their surroundings and the more you clean
their cage or items in their cage the heavier they will mark things up. By
taking away their natural smell they can feel threatened or stressed and it can
cause some severe over marking, making the smell overly powerful to those of
you that have a sensitive nose.
Some tips to keeping the odor low....
Try not to have a cage full of fleece.
Some cages sets are huge and beyond adorable, but did you know that fleece will
trap the odor more than anything? If you love purchasing those super cute large
cage sets, try not to keep all those pieces in their cage at once. You can
easily swap out a few pieces at a time when it comes time for a clean cage set
and everything will still match.
Fleece in the bottom tray will also
trap odor in even if your cleaning it regularly. I suggest a pellets bedding
that keeps your tray fresh and easy to clean. These beddings also do not need
to be changed as often as if you were using fleece, doggy pads, paper towels,
newspaper or nothing at all.
Here are a couple of great products
that I and many other glider owners use..... keep in mind that KILN dried pine
pellets are safe to use because the oils have been removed. The oils are what
is dangerous to the gliders.
Wheels can trap smells more than you
would expect and while some wheels are easy to take apart to clean, other
wheels may not be so easy. But wheels need to be cleaned more often than
anything else in their cage to help maintain odor. If you have any questions
about your wheel and taking it apart for cleaning, I always suggest talking to
the manufacturer of your wheel. And be extra careful when it comes to the
bearing assembly. You do not want to get those wet.
Cleaning your cages in stages and not
all at once would be the best option for keeping the smell down also. By
cleaning your cage, toys, and cage sets all at once it puts your gliders
hormones in overdrive for marking their stuff back up. They LOVE for their stuff
to smell like them and when you take that away, they tend to mark things like
crazy to get it back to smelling the way they had it.
I advise people to swap things up when
it comes to cleaning their environment. Clean the toys and tray one day, their cage
set and wheel another and then their cage on another day. That way they still
get to keep their scent at all times even if its at a lower level.
For some people their glider smell can
be overwhelming not matter how low the odor is because of their high sense of
smell. So an air purifier and good ventilation where their gliders are kept is
also a good way to keep odors at bay.
I want to thank you all for reading my really long post today
about glider odors and if you have any other tips I would LOVE hearing about
them. Thank you all and have a wonderful day!