Odor from Urine & Feces
Sugar gliders are generally fed a high-protein diet, but this can cause Higher protein foods such as live or dried insects can cause more odors, but if you are using a product such as Elimina, it doesn't matter what your gliders are eating, Elimina will remove those odors. As far as odor from urine and feces, there are multiple options to prevent or eliminate the smell. The best in our opinion is a product called Elimina Odor Remover. The active ingredient in Elimina, anthium dioxide, is an oxygenating agent, which means it enhances the exchange of oxygen at the cellular level and improves the pet's digestion. Anthium dioxide also selectively oxidizes the hydrogen sulfide and ammonia molecules in the waste. Elimina works in harmony with the pet's digestive system. This product is sprayed directly onto the food and works internally to eliminate most odors from urine and feces. It takes about 3 days to begin working but does a good job.
Musky Odor from Male Gliders
During puberty around 6 months of age, male gliders develop scent glands on the top of the head and on the chest that may look like a "bald spot". These scent glands secrete an odor to mark territory or his mate. In order to prevent these scent glands, the male glider must be neutered before he reaches adulthood. Otherwise, there is not a lot that can be done with odor from the scent glands. That being said, you can try to mask this odor with products like Smellin' Good. Male scent gland odors can be more prevalent during the breeding seasons.
Odor from a Dirty Cage
Regular cage cleanings are an important part of pet care, but for sugar gliders you will want to clean on a rotating schedule, Since sugar gliders scentmark their territory, you don't want to over-clean the existiing scentmarks otherwise you might find that your glider will scentmark even more. We recommend changing out the food and water everyday, emptying the drop tray pan every other day, then clean other parts on a weekly rotating schedule (clean pouches one week while keeping other accessories dirty, and vice versa). You may want to roll your cage outside once or twice per year to spray it down with a hose, which will help get all the nooks and crannies that are hard to reach during regular cleanings. Kage Kleen works well for daily and weekly cleaning. It is a hard working yet gentle cage or cage accessory cleaner; the safe way to clean your pets cage! Spray on then wipe off, no rinsing necessary! This all-purpose pet cage cleaner is for use on all non-porous multi-surfaces. You can also try Nature's Miracle Cage Wipes that has a quilted texture, with grip dot technology or a Cage Cleaner Scrub for your powder-coated cage.
Many glider owners like to use an air purifier to help with general odor control as well. This can be found on Amazon or other sites.
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