Welcome, glider lovin' guys and gals, to another edition of Posts from the Pouch! In this issue we're going an on olfactory expedition to tackle a topic we get asked about quite often here at The Pet Glider: sugar gliders and smell. While most people who ask about smell are simply referring to whether or not the animals have an odor, this actually opens the door to a much wider topic of sugar gliders and smells in general. So, much like a famous fruit-loving toucan, follow your nose and read on!
Making Scents of Bonding
Sugar gliders, much more than humans, are animals guided by their sense of smell. Whether it's hunting for food in the wild nights of Australia or just telling a colony-mate from an intruder, their noses are arguably one of sugar gliders' most important organs. Even as household pets, smell still plays an important part in helping a sugar glider feel safe and secure in a familiar environment.
That's why smells play such an important role early on in the bonding process. One piece of advice that we always give is to have a bit of your recently-worn clothing in your sugar gliders' cage so that they can become familiar with your scent. This also helps associate your scent with "home" and "safety." There are times, however, when the unfamiliar smells of a sugar glider's new home can interfere with the bonding process.
For a head start on a calmer bonding, we offer our new Bonding Potion that is specifically designed with all-natural, safe, and pleasant-smelling ingredients. As your sugar glider first gets to know you and your home, the bonding potion can calm both the glider as well as their human friend. Unlike the standard "human" perfumes that can have smells and ingredients that are too harsh for tiny sugar gliders, these botanicals are specifically designed with your gliders in mind. For more information on how to use the bonding potion, click here!
Everyday Smells and Dinner Bells
When most people ask about sugar gliders and smells, they're asking about the common, everyday smells that would be associated with almost any pet. "WIll someone walk into my home and immediately think of a zoo?" Thankfully, the answer to that is a big "Nope!"
While male sugar gliders do have a higher tendency to scent-mark their territory, neutering greatly diminishes this behavior. As it happens, neutering also tends to make the males a bit more docile as well. That's why we recommend to have your male sugar gliders neutered for an overall improved pet experience, and that's a service that can be added to any male sugar glider that you get from us. Female sugar gliders, on the other hand, have a much milder scent.
The other side of the smell question generally is about sugar glider waste. As you can't effectively potty train sugar gliders, they will use the bathroom when the mood strikes when within their cage, and yes, at times outside of their cage. As no one's business smells like roses, there is going to be some odor here. The smell "intensity" can greatly depend on their diet, and there's where we have a trick up our sleeves: Elimina. This safe compound can be sprayed on their food to greatly reduce the smell in sugar glider's waste. Learn more about Elimina here!
Trump Dirt with GreenStump!
One of the major contributing factors to a potential sugar glider smell would be the cleanliness of their cage. After all, if sugar gliders are using the bathroom in their cage, it would make sense that regularly cleaning out their litter tray would greatly reduce any potential odors. In addition to regular tray cleaning, we highly recommend that the whole cage be cleaned roughly once a month (depending on how many gliders you have). Your sugar gliders' cage is an incredibly important factor in not only the smell of your house, but in the safety of the animal itself. A clean environment promotes health, while letting things get too dirty can have a negative effect on your gliders.
While you could lug your cage outside to hose it down, why not take advantage of our great new cage cleaner, GreenStump! With its gentle foaming action that helps break down built-up dirt and its safe ingredients, it turns cage-cleaning time from a chore to a breeze. And speaking of breeze, it has its own pleasant smell as well, which will keep you and your gliders smiling. Check out more about GreenStump here.
When it comes to sugar gliders and smells, the time and care that you put into the experience is one of the biggest contributing factors. Whether it's using smells smartly to improve bonding time, giving them a proper diet, or keeping their cages clean, every aspect of sugar glider ownership pays its part. That's why it pays in spades to learn as much as you can about these wonderful animals, and we're more than happy to help!
Thanks again for sticking with us for another edition of Posts from The Pouch, and we hope that you and yours, both flesh-colored and furry, enjoy the sights, sounds, and especially smells of the fall season ahead! As for myself, I think I'm off to grab a second slice of fragrant pumpkin pie!