Want to know how to properly clean a sugar glider cage?
Keeping your pal’s habitat clean needs to be a high priority, not just for his safety, but for yours as well.
But how do you go about doing that the right way?
Let’s dive into the process to ensure you can keep their home in good condition.
How to Clean a Sugar Glider’s Cage?
We all know that a clean habitat is a healthy habitat, right?
Here’s what you might not know, though: it’s possible to make your sugar glider’s home too clean!
Over-cleaning the cage is a massive mistake. Sugar gliders are scent-driven, which means they mark their territories.
Every time the habitat and its accessories get a cleaning, those marks will get washed away. As a result, gliders will take it upon themselves to re-mark their areas.
Glider owners must do their best to limit this instinct.
Cleaning the cage and its accessories on a rotating schedule is an excellent way to avoid marking from being a huge issue.
Choose a rotating cleaning schedule, and stick to it
I’d recommend creating a schedule where you set a specific time to clean particular things.
For instance, choose one week to wash the accessories/toys, another week to do the pouches, and then cage bars/shelves the next week.
This type of schedule should help keep some existing markings to prevent your gliders from making new ones.
It’s an effective way to avoid them over marking their territory, which isn’t a fun experience for the owner or glider.
Also make sure to spot clean the cage once per day. In other words, you’ll need to wipe away large spots of food debris, feces, and urine daily.
As for the cage bars and accessories, some owners find it useful to spray them down with a non-toxic cleaner.
Don’t use these cleaners on porous surfaces, though, like wood perches or platforms.
It’s essential to avoid using any vinegar solution on cage bars as it’ll cause corrosion and rust.
These issues will shorten the habitat’s lifespan significantly, which will have you searching for a new one
Non-abrasive scrub pads are useful to remove grime or debris buildups on cage bars, as well.
One last thing to remember is owners must always wash their hands before and after handing their sugar glider or its accessories.
It’ll help prevent diseases or illness from spreading to other parts of your home. You shouldn’t have much difficulty remembering this detail as we are living in COVID times.
What Time Should I Clean a Sugar Glider’s Cage?
As you probably know, sugar gliders are considered nocturnal animals. These pets will sleep most of the day and be overly active during those late hours.
Their sleeping patterns make it much easier to clean during the day. At these times, gliders can remove toys, extra pouches, tray liners, and other accessories.
If you’re looking to spray down the entire cage or its bars, gliders will have to be removed from the enclosure itself.
You must ensure their temporary area is secure and capable of containing them.
How to Clean Food Dishes and Water Bottles?
I’d recommend scrubbing them with dish soap and hot water.
Food dishes should be removed every morning for this daily scrubbing, while water bottles need washing and changing every two days.
This routine should keep your glider’s eating/drinking sessions hygienic and free of any issues.
It’s essential to stay on top of these proceedings to keep your gliders safe and healthy.
What About Nesting Pouches and Cage Blankets?
Nesting pouches and cage blankets aren’t overly difficult to clean.
A good rule of thumb for owners would be throwing them and any other cloth-based cage accessories into the laundry every week or two.
These bounding pouches, cage accessories, and blankets are usually made from polar fleece.
Therefore, I’d suggest washing them in a gentle cycle with cold water and no bleach.
It would be best to use this time to check these items for holes or loose threads.
Both these issues can be dangerous for you sugar gliders and need to be dealt with right away as their cute little fingers can get stuck in them.
I’d advise any glider owner to cut away anything loose and patch up any holes. If you can’t repair it, dispose of it rather than keeping it around.
Drying these items isn’t tricky, either. Using a low-heat setting in a standard dryer should get the job done without any integrity issues occurring.
If your glider’s in the early bonding stages, bathroom accidents will be more commonplace in their pouch.
It’d be wise to wash them more frequently to keep them cleaner. Owners concerned about what laundry detergent to use, and that doesn’t have bleach should be fine.
Can You Wash a Sugar Glider?
A common question among sugar glider owners is whether to bathe a sugar glider. The simple answer would be a resounding no.
Sugar gliders are more than capable of keeping themselves clean.
In fact, bathing them with soap/water and regular shampoo or detergent can cause several problems.
These situations can dry out their fur and skin, which is never a good thing. Plus, your suggie might become skittish from the traumatic experience.
The most important things to remember about cleaning your sugar gliders habitat is to NOT overdo it and don’t use harsh chemicals.
Stick with a rotating schedule and spot-clean daily, and your glider should be just fine.
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My name is Ben Roberts, and I absolutely love animals. So, naturally, I love writing about them too! As far as my animals, I have a Pit-bull, a Beagle-lab mix, a Chihuahua, and one old cat. Each one of them provides me with a new adventure every day. And the best part is they’re all best friends. Well, except the cat when he gets a little annoyed.