Did you know that sugar gliders only weigh between 4.1 to 5.6 ounces? These tiny cute animals can make for fun pets (as long as you live in a state where they are not illegal and considered exotic). If you love your sugar glider but you wish the sugar glider smell taking over your home, would go away, we are here to help.
Keep reading to learn some tips to help you keep the smell at a minimum.
One of the reasons that sugar gliders begin to smell beyond their own natural musky smell is feeding them an incorrect diet. It is a good idea to learn more about sugar glider food because there are so many complicated meal plans available all over the world wide web that are not good for your sugar glider.
Poor diets can cause your furry friend to develop a strong musky smell similar to a ferret. Once this smell starts it will be difficult to get rid of it, so make sure that you are feeding them the right food. The key is to mimic what they eat when they are in the wild and do not disturb their feeding schedules.
When they in their own environment they are omnivores during a season. In the summer time they eat spiders and insects and in winter they mainly eat things like eucalyptus sap, fruit tree nectar, and honeydew bark because live food is scarce.
Staying on top of cleaning your pets cage is very important to keep the smells at bay. You might want to consider putting special liners on the bottom of the cage to make cleaning after the glider easier. Change out the liners every few days to avoid bacteria from building up and harming your sugar glider.
Take time to clean their water bowls and their food bowls every day. Once a week you want to do a deep clean of their entire habitat.
3. Litter Training
A good thing about sugar gliders is that they are predictable when it comes to using the bathroom. They usually will wake up from sleeping ready to urinate and defecate. You can buy a litter box and encourage your sugar glider to use it every day.
When you begin training him/her use baby wipes to rub their bottom and genitals to stimulate their bowel movement. Once they go to the bathroom switch the glider to your other hand to stimulate their digestive tract and continue doing this until all the feces and urine has been released.
Ready to Control Your Sugar Glider Smell?
We hope that the tips above will help keep your sugar glider smell under control and will allow you to enjoy their cuteness a little more. Remember if your adult sugar glider is being fed the right foods he/she will not produce foul odors. If you have babies stay on top of cleaning their cage to reduce any urine smell.
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