A standard ritual in your home should be cleaning your drop pans/cage bottoms and feeding dishes, and it should be done daily. I say this because old food can be problematic for a number of reasons:
- Food that has been out for a number of hours will begin to go rancid
- Rancid food can be dangerous to your gliders
- Rancid food will attract a host of pests – ants and fruit flies being the two most problematic
- Rancid food smells, and it smells bad! Cleaning old food daily will keep smell to a minimum
You can wash your glider’s feeding dishes right in the sink, with dish soap and water. Be sure to rinse very well, then let air dry. Depending on the heat level in your dishwasher, you may also be able to wash them there. Be careful, though, if it gets too hot, your dishes will melt!
Here’s just a small sample of the feeding dishes I wash on a daily basis. It’s important to get into the corners to make sure that nothing is missed!