Originally Posted by Pyxie
Usually sugar gliders smell like a sort of fruity potpourri. The only time they do not is if you don't keep their cage clean or they do not have a good diet. I have 7 suggies right now and you can't even tell they have a scent until you are right next to their cage. And it's not a strong scent or unpleasant.
Ferrets, on the other hand, have a very distinct odor. And no matter how often you change their cage, it smells. I had ferrets some time ago and speak from experience. I cleaned their cage everyday and they got a bath once a week. They still stunk. And I can honestly say I am still amazed at the amount of poop these tiny creatures produce.
hmmm, i dont think i will agree with your above statement.. a fruity potpourri?? no, i do not agree with that, there is by no means anything potpourri about them. to be blunt, they do smell, they smell a lot like wet dog, or a very sweet pee smell. you are right about them smelling worse though if they have a bad diet, & if you clean the cage every day.. (because then they feel the need to mark everything, & it smells even more) i clean my cage every two weeks. (i change the top layer of paper towels & leave the rest, just to get the spilled fruit,bml, & veggies out of there so they dont make the smell even worse.) then every two weeks i hose them off or put them in the shower.& clean all the paper towels.. this has been the best way for me to keep the smell down. i have 4 of them so i do have a number.. & i would think 7 would smell a bit more.. =] but i dunno.. to each his own when it comes to opinions about the smell of their animals, or house. (im sure if someone that had gliders came over they wouldnt smell much, but if someone who didnt did, then they would probly be like 'ewww.' & if they dont they are probly just lying to be nice. LOL i know how it was when i first got mine!!! they stunk so bad, but now im use to it, & it doesnt bother me at all!! im sure the same has just happened with you.
your also right that ferrets smell, but i do not agree that they smell worse. they just have a musky body odor that they produce. (just like the gliders, only its a different smell) (cats dont smeel like dogs, & people dont all smell the same either)
i will state that i do have 2 ferrets & they do smell, but like the gliders if someone who didnt have them came over they would think it was stinky, but since i live with them, i dont find there to be any problems. but i would NOT in any matter say gliders smell better than ferrets. ferrets arent really that bad.. most people just like to stero type. they do have a smell, im not saying they dont, but if you clean their cage everyday, & wash their bedding about every other week then they arent bad at all..
your ferrets, or the ones you speak of probly did smell a TON, you stated that you gave it a bath every week.. that is NOT good for them AT ALL!! that actually probly made them smell 100% worse. their bodies produce the oild for their coat, & when you take them away, by bathing, then they kinda go into 'overdrive' to produce those back.. & the conclusion, makes them smell worse.. i would advise in only giving a bath to a ferret if it go into something, has fleas, or you let them just swim in the water, without shampooing them.. this is actually irritating for them.. it makes them itch a lot more too!!! just thought i would put in my two cents, since your probly looking for the whole picture & a bunch of opinions rather than just one.=] hope i helped.. & hope i helped you see the reason you shouldnt bathe your slinky so often!