Scent Enrichment From the Spice Cabinet

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Scent Enrichment From the Spice Cabinet

Postby minervasden » Thu Nov 12, 2015 3:03 am

Scent Enrichment From the Spice Cabinet

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Compilation of spices and related materials commonly found in the home kitchen and suitable for enrichment purposes. Sorted by species or type of animal and the products that generally yielded positive interest. Information was gathered from a variety of sources over an extended period of time. A limiting factor was that many sources simply stated ‘spices’ generically.

The deer, antelope and equine references I found indicated them to be uninterested in kitchen scents, strongly preferring perfumes. Further input welcome.

There are many ways to present the material, for example fresh vs. dried herbs. Fragrant teas and diluted extracts can be put in a spray bottle.

Please be sure to share your own experiences with your pets and not limited to listed items/species.

Raccoons
Lemons, lemon peels, lemon extract, any lemony scented herb

Coatimundi
Vanilla extract
Curry Powder- The generic blend from the grocery store

Virginia Opossum
Peppermint

Domestic Cats
Tea bags- Any variety green, black, herbal blends. Not counting varieties containing catnip or valerian

Syrian Hamster
Vanilla Extract

Reptiles
Lemon and orange peels

Otters
Lemon and orange peels Sage Ginger Allspice
Brewer’s yeast Rosemary Paprika Cumin Almond Extract
Onion & garlic powders Coriander Nutmeg Cloves

Tiger (could try for any cat)
Lemon and orange peels Onion and garlic powders Sage Rosemary Coriander Ginger Paprika Nutmeg
Allspice Cumin Cloves Almond extract

Wolves (also wolfdogs, domestic dogs, coyotes)
Lemon and orange peels Brewer’s yeast Onion and garlic powders
Sage Rosemary Coriander
Ginger Paprika Nutmeg
Allspice Cumin Cloves
Vanilla, almond and anise extracts

Anteaters (this list from a single facility)
Lemon and orange peels Sage Rosemary Coriander
Ginger Paprika Nutmeg Allspice
Cumin Cloves Almond extract

Bears, Skunks, Fox
Try items from otter, tiger, and wolf sections. Also lemony herbs and curry powder.

Primates
Too many species to list individually. All of the above items were referred to with the exception of
Peppermint, all extracts, curry powder, garlic powder, tea bags, lemony herbs
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Re: Scent Enrichment From the Spice Cabinet

Postby TamanduaGirl » Thu Nov 12, 2015 2:38 pm

That's great. Pua loves oranges but she rarely gets any now. She may not be interested beyond, hey there's no fruit in this.

She is attracted to lemon grass and my berry teas(so hibiscus scent basically). She'll open drawers and tear into packages to sniff and lick at them. Aurora's not much interested in anything. I may try some of the other things listed. The ants I buy them are sold as a tea. I tried it once. Tasted just like hot lemon juice. Different species smell and taste different.

Oh vinegar is a great enrichment for most tamandua anteaters. Pour some out and they roll around in it and dip their claws and groom it in. A rare one, like Aurora wont, but most will.
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Re: Scent Enrichment From the Spice Cabinet

Postby minervasden » Thu Nov 12, 2015 4:46 pm

TamanduaGirl wrote:Oh vinegar is a great enrichment for most tamandua anteaters. Pour some out and they roll around in it and dip their claws and groom it in. A rare one, like Aurora wont, but most will.


You could try different herbal vinegars and see how they affect the response.

Thanks for the info.
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Postby Ana » Fri Nov 13, 2015 12:21 am

This never even occurred to me! Than you for this! Genius!
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Re: Scent Enrichment From the Spice Cabinet

Postby minervasden » Fri Apr 15, 2016 5:35 pm

Could swear I had hedgehogs and pigs in the original post.

Hedgehogs
Vanilla Extract

Pigs
Cinnamon ginger allspice nutmeg

I see cinnamon isn't under tiger but I have it under Oncilla and Clouded Leopard in my notes.

I don't have any spices listed for sugar gliders. Does anyone here?
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Re: Scent Enrichment From the Spice Cabinet

Postby TamanduaGirl » Fri Apr 15, 2016 6:56 pm

I tried balsamic before and there was no interest. Some interest with plain white but think it's a bit strong compared to the cider.

Aurora has been nervous of most smells but seems to be fond of the peppermint scent. She sniffed and kind of just hung about relaxing in the area for a bit.
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Re: Scent Enrichment From the Spice Cabinet

Postby minervasden » Fri Apr 15, 2016 7:19 pm

TamanduaGirl wrote:Aurora has been nervous of most smells but seems to be fond of the peppermint scent. She sniffed and kind of just hung about relaxing in the area for a bit.


What form was the peppermint?
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Re: Scent Enrichment From the Spice Cabinet

Postby TamanduaGirl » Fri Apr 15, 2016 7:33 pm

Essential oil.

Just put a drop on a fake flower I have there.
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Re: Scent Enrichment From the Spice Cabinet

Postby minervasden » Sat Apr 16, 2016 12:05 am

All right. Don't forget to return and let us know what your fennec likes as well.

Hoping some more members will share. Especially for some less represented critters.
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Re: Scent Enrichment From the Spice Cabinet

Postby TamanduaGirl » Tue Aug 02, 2016 3:14 pm

Found something from the list Pua liked. Clove. I don't remember what I was doing with it but I had my jar of clove powder open and she came by and stuck her nose in and sniffed and sniffed for awhile before moving on. Didn't incite her to the grooming behavior or anything but she did seem to really like the smell and didn't try to eat any either.
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Re: Scent Enrichment From the Spice Cabinet

Postby minervasden » Fri Dec 30, 2016 8:00 pm

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Peppermint, ginger
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Re: Scent Enrichment From the Spice Cabinet

Postby Trefoil » Wed Jan 04, 2017 7:30 pm

Raccoons- Chloe loves most perfume and hand lotion scents, Scooter is indifferent.
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Re: Scent Enrichment From the Spice Cabinet

Postby minervasden » Sun Apr 30, 2017 10:19 pm

Easy way to use whole spices such as star anise, nutmeg, bay leaves, etc. is to run them through a coffee maker just like you were making coffee. Let it cool and then pour into a spray bottle.
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Re: Scent Enrichment From the Spice Cabinet

Postby TamanduaGirl » Sun Apr 30, 2017 10:22 pm

I keep forgetting to try garlic. Someone posted their tamandua rubbing on/scent marking minced garlic they smeared on a log. I got to try that but maybe like under a towel or something, doubt they'd try to eat it but just in case.
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Re: Scent Enrichment From the Spice Cabinet

Postby minervasden » Sun Apr 30, 2017 11:41 pm

TamanduaGirl wrote:I keep forgetting to try garlic. Someone posted their tamandua rubbing on/scent marking minced garlic they smeared on a log. I got to try that but maybe like under a towel or something, doubt they'd try to eat it but just in case.


Maybe squeeze/strain out the liquid from some jarred minced garlic.
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