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#1283253 - 08/18/12 08:45 PM Eating Bugs = Stinky Glider?
Otodo Offline
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Registered: 08/11/12
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Loc: Princeton, NJ
Greetings!

My family and I have 2 10 wk OOP gliders that seem to be doing great - with help from you all!!

I read a ton before getting my gliders - I can't remember where I read it, yet I remember reading somewhere that feeding mealworms etc. to your gliders will cause them to be stinky.

FACT or FICTION? crazy

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#1283259 - 08/18/12 09:36 PM Re: Eating Bugs = Stinky Glider? [Re: Otodo]
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FICTION

I feed mealies and it does not alter their odor/smell in any way.
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#1283290 - 08/19/12 03:47 AM Re: Eating Bugs = Stinky Glider? [Re: Otodo]
JillMarie Offline
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Loc: New Jersey
I disagree, in part.

The gliders themselves do not change in odor. But I used to feed dry roasted mealworms every day. And when I stopped because my supplier stopped carrying them, with in days their PEE didnt smell as much.

I had noticed that when I took the occasional break from feeding them it SEEMED like the pee smelled less. But I wasnt 100% sure. But now I am sure because since I have not fed them, their pee does not smell at all! Not a bit. And NOTHING else has changed in their diet/routine.

I have no idea if live or freeze dried mealworms will have the same effect.

If my supplier ever starts carrying them again, will I go back to feeding them? YES! Why? because the pee didnt smell bad, just strong and it is worth it when compared to how much they love them.
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#1283299 - 08/19/12 06:53 AM Re: Eating Bugs = Stinky Glider? [Re: JillMarie]
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Registered: 08/29/10
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Originally Posted By: JillMarie
I disagree, in part.

The gliders themselves do not change in odor. But I used to feed dry roasted mealworms every day. And when I stopped because my supplier stopped carrying them, with in days their PEE didnt smell as much.

I had noticed that when I took the occasional break from feeding them it SEEMED like the pee smelled less. But I wasnt 100% sure. But now I am sure because since I have not fed them, their pee does not smell at all! Not a bit. And NOTHING else has changed in their diet/routine.

I have no idea if live or freeze dried mealworms will have the same effect.

If my supplier ever starts carrying them again, will I go back to feeding them? YES! Why? because the pee didnt smell bad, just strong and it is worth it when compared to how much they love them.


Very interesting!

I wouldn't stop giving mealies to my gliders no matter what (they love them THAT much) but this is interesting to know!

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#1283314 - 08/19/12 08:38 AM Re: Eating Bugs = Stinky Glider? [Re: Otodo]
Otodo Offline
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Registered: 08/11/12
Posts: 38
Loc: Princeton, NJ
Thanks so much for the postings!

So far we have

1 vote:

fresh mealies no issue

and

1 vote:

freeze-dried mealies make for stinky pee!

Any others??

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#1283342 - 08/19/12 11:49 AM Re: Eating Bugs = Stinky Glider? [Re: Otodo]
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Registered: 02/22/11
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My gliders don't even like the freeze dried mealies but no way would I ever stop giving them live mealies even if they did make them stink but I have never noticed that they smell bad with the mealies.
I always suspected steve larkin tells you live insects or protien make your gliders stink so they won't be healthy enough to breed.
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#1283392 - 08/19/12 03:45 PM Re: Eating Bugs = Stinky Glider? [Re: Otodo]
JillMarie Offline
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Registered: 01/03/09
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Loc: New Jersey
Originally Posted By: Otodo
Thanks so much for the postings!

So far we have

1 vote:

fresh mealies no issue

and

1 vote:

freeze-dried mealies make for stinky pee!

Any others??


No, it was dry roasted that made them smell. My gliders actually refused to eat the freeze dried ones
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#1283412 - 08/19/12 04:52 PM Re: Eating Bugs = Stinky Glider? [Re: Otodo]
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Protein makes their urine smell stronger, so yes, mealworms could probably do it. BUT most people are not going to notice a change in smell whether feeding mealworms or not (unless they feed a lot of them only every once in a while). The way most people feed (protein daily and only a few mealworms) you aren't going to notice a significant change, if any at all, in the smell.


Edited by sugarlope (08/19/12 05:15 PM)
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#1283484 - 08/19/12 11:13 PM Re: Eating Bugs = Stinky Glider? [Re: sugarlope]
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Originally Posted By: sugarlope
Protein makes their urine smell stronger, so yes, mealworms could probably do it. BUT most people are not going to notice a change in smell whether feeding mealworms or not (unless they feed a lot of them only every once in a while). The way most people feed (protein daily and only a few mealworms) you aren't going to notice a significant change, if any at all, in the smell.


:agreed:
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#1283491 - 08/20/12 02:21 AM Re: Eating Bugs = Stinky Glider? [Re: sugarlope]
JillMarie Offline
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Loc: New Jersey
Originally Posted By: sugarlope
Protein makes their urine smell stronger, so yes, mealworms could probably do it. BUT most people are not going to notice a change in smell whether feeding mealworms or not (unless they feed a lot of them only every once in a while). The way most people feed (protein daily and only a few mealworms) you aren't going to notice a significant change, if any at all, in the smell.


My hubby thinks I need to use my nose in a professional sense ...ummmmm doing what? LOL

I could detect a gas leak in my house that they needed a special meter to find. I can also smell cockroaches by the smell. And I have been known to find infections on pets by the smell.
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#1283496 - 08/20/12 06:38 AM Re: Eating Bugs = Stinky Glider? [Re: Otodo]
Otodo Offline
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Registered: 08/11/12
Posts: 38
Loc: Princeton, NJ
Thank you all so much for the responses so far!!

Judging from the responses, I'll consider this "grain of truth yet substantially false" - time to experiment!

Let the stink games begin!

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#1283504 - 08/20/12 09:00 AM Re: Eating Bugs = Stinky Glider? [Re: Otodo]
AllisonNicole Offline
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Registered: 05/18/12
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Loc: Wisconsin
I feed live mealies and I have not noticed any smells! And like said above, even if they did smell, I would still feed mealies because they are in love with them!
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#1283820 - 08/21/12 02:20 PM Re: Eating Bugs = Stinky Glider? [Re: Otodo]
ValkyrieMome Offline
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Registered: 01/13/07
Posts: 10983
Loc: Denton, TX
I feed my gliders bugs every single night.

I feed them dubia roaches, crickets or mealworms each night. I have MANY gliders - and there is a distinct "smell" to them. But - with routine cleaning, it isn't a bad smell, nor is it a particularly strong smell. It is just a smell. All animals (including humans) have a smell.

The smell is tolerable, and I feel insects are an essential part of a sugar glider's diet.
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#1297876 - 10/16/12 12:23 AM Re: Eating Bugs = Stinky Glider? [Re: Otodo]
Sweet As Suggies Offline
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Registered: 10/09/12
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Loc: MI
I had read the same thing about mealworms and a stronger scent. My gliders don't stink, and they get worms. I literally put my nose on my little ones and breathe in their scent, and I love it! :nanana: Call me weird, but I've always been this way with smelling my animals. Each one is unique.
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#1298283 - 10/17/12 05:18 PM Re: Eating Bugs = Stinky Glider? [Re: Otodo]
Wisteria11 Offline
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Registered: 08/25/12
Posts: 54
Loc: Greentown,Indiana
My gliders eat crickets and worms and they have almost zero odor
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#1298284 - 10/17/12 05:18 PM Re: Eating Bugs = Stinky Glider? [Re: Otodo]
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Loc: Greentown,Indiana
I think that is fiction
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#1372092 - 06/18/14 01:52 AM Re: Eating Bugs = Stinky Glider? [Re: Otodo]
deenamarie Offline
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Registered: 04/23/14
Posts: 36
Loc: Wisconsin
I ordered some dried ones because the live ones freak me out.. I am hoping they enjoy them so I don't have to get live ones.. lol..

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#1374240 - 07/18/14 04:06 AM Re: Eating Bugs = Stinky Glider? [Re: JillMarie]
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Registered: 07/03/14
Posts: 34
Loc: Las Vegas, NV
Originally Posted By: JillMarie


My hubby thinks I need to use my nose in a professional sense ...ummmmm doing what? LOL

I could detect a gas leak in my house that they needed a special meter to find. I can also smell cockroaches by the smell. And I have been known to find infections on pets by the smell.


I hear you! My sense of smell isn't anywhere near that great, but I am pretty smell-sensitive. When I had an earring infection, the smell made me sick for a week, when no one else could smell it with their nose against my ear. I can also smell Saline in the place I donate plasma, and no one else can seem to smell it.
That's really cool that you noticed the pee difference.

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#1374305 - 07/19/14 01:48 AM Re: Eating Bugs = Stinky Glider? [Re: Sweet As Suggies]
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Registered: 07/07/14
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Loc: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Originally Posted By: Sweet As Suggies
I literally put my nose on my little ones and breathe in their scent, and I love it! :nanana: Call me weird, but I've always been this way with smelling my animals. Each one is unique.

:agreed:
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#1374312 - 07/19/14 06:34 AM Re: Eating Bugs = Stinky Glider? [Re: AshleighNicole]
JillMarie Offline
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Registered: 01/03/09
Posts: 7748
Loc: New Jersey
Originally Posted By: AshleighNicole
Originally Posted By: JillMarie


My hubby thinks I need to use my nose in a professional sense ...ummmmm doing what? LOL

I could detect a gas leak in my house that they needed a special meter to find. I can also smell cockroaches by the smell. And I have been known to find infections on pets by the smell.


I hear you! My sense of smell isn't anywhere near that great, but I am pretty smell-sensitive. When I had an earring infection, the smell made me sick for a week, when no one else could smell it with their nose against my ear. I can also smell Saline in the place I donate plasma, and no one else can seem to smell it.
That's really cool that you noticed the pee difference.


Having a sensitive nose is both a blessing and a curse :/

BTW, when I went back to the dry roasted mealworms their pee did get stinky again, so to keep it to a minimum I feed them only a few times a week.


Edited by JillMarie (07/19/14 06:35 AM)
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