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Gliders Should Be in Pairs…at least.

There are a growing number of people that only have one glider. I know PPP sells lone gliders but idk of any reputable breeders that would only sell one glider to someone.

Gliders are a COLONY ANIMAL. They need to have their own kind around them, human companions are good but they are not a substitute. This is not a theory or an opinion. Many people think that their lone glider is just fine, but I can guarantee that after introducing a new glider, their glider will perk up and act in a way they have never seen.

Having a lone glider is a lot of work and even may not end well. A glider that is alone can suffer from depression, self-mutilation, and can even die. 

Lulu and Echo are twin sisters, they have never been apart, and they do everything together. If they are separated, even for a little bit, they will bark out to each other. 

The perfect example would be my dear Peach. Peach’s previous cagemate passed away. Peach became severely depressed, wouldn’t eat, didn’t play or even come out of her sleeping pouch. She would brought to my home and immediately perked up just being in the same room as Lulu and Echo. It took at month to go through the introduction process but now she lives with them and is healthy and happy!

Some facts from SugarGlider.com:

  • When sleeping, gliders will cling together and form a ball of fur. This keeps them warm and offers a sense of protection.
  • Gliders communicate by “barking”, “crabbing”, “chirping” and “squeaking”.
  • They do get angry and can also hold a grudge against specific individuals be they animal or human.

Introducing a new glider into your home can be work and take time before the new glider is accepted but it is worth it. 

If you have a lone glider, please consider finding a cagemate:

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Just like everything else. Please feel free to come to me with questions. After going through a long and tough introduction process, I can help you.

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Heat Rocks

Please do not put a heat rock in your Sugar Glider’s cage. People started putting heat rocks in cages after a company called Perfect Pocket Pets started selling them in their starter packs. They now no longer sell them.

Heat rocks are dangerous for a couple of reasons:

1. The cord is in reach of the Glider. There has been documented cases when gliders have chewed these cords and died from electrocution.

2. The second reason is that a glider can burn themselves from being on the heat rock for too long.

A sugar glider above the age of 8 weeks OOP will be able to regulate their own body heat. If you are concerned that your house is too cold for your suggie then you can add small pieces of fleece (like blankets) to their pouch and cage. Fleece and flannel are fabrics that will help keep your glider warm.

Why a good diet is important for your Sugar Gliders

I just wanted to make a post. To kinda cover the basics of a good sugar glider diet. I am seeing posts of poor diets, dangerous snacks, and getting a lot of diet related questions. Feel free to continue to ask me any questions you have, I would love to help you!

In captivity, sugar gliders do not need as much energy since they do not spend half of their day foraging and running and leaping between the trees. Instead, they need a lower fat and lower carb diet that will keep them in the correct nutrients for a healthy life. (Gliderpedia)

A recommended Sugar Glider Diet consists of three parts:

  1. A serving of fruits
  2. A serving of veggies
  3. A serving of the staple mix

And ALL three of these parts are to be fed EVERY NIGHT.

A staple is when you mix certain ingredients in the blender and freeze it. Then it will become the consistency of ice cream. Then you scoop out a little each day. A good staple provides protein, calcium, and other essential nutrients.

When you feed a good diet, there is no need to add extra vitamins or calcium in powder form.

Some of the more popular staples are:

  • Original High Protein Wombaroo (OHPW)
  • Leadbeater’s Formula
  • Bourbon’s Modified Leadbeater’s (BML)
  • Pricsilla Price’s Diet (aka Sugar Glider Exotic Diet)
  • LGRS Suggie Soup

You can read about them here: http://www.sugarglider.com/gliderpedia/index.asp?Diet

What fruits and veggies you can feed and the portions are dependent on which diet staple you choose. While it is true that you need to watch Calcium to Phosphorus levels (Ca:P) when choosing fruits and veggies, it is not nearly as important as getting a good staple.

For Example: I feed Original HPW from The Pampered Glider. Each night I serve 1 teaspoon of OHPW mix, 1 tablespoon of fruits, 1 tablespoon of veggies PER GLIDER every night.

Some effects of a poor diet include:

  • Hind Leg Paralysis
  • Cracked Fur
  • Malnourishment
  • Low Energy
  • Aggressiveness
  • Many, many illnesses and internal issues

To see some before and after pictures follow this link: http://www.sugarglider.com/gliderpedia/index.asp?BadDietBeforeAndAfterPictures

Pellets are not recommended for a proper sugar glider diet, although as long as they are eating their proper meal, there is nothing wrong with keep a handful in their cage. Just in case.

Baby food is not part of a diet. It is okay to feed them some baby food every so often. We call that a “Junk Food Night”. Just make sure there is no salt, sugar or other additives in the food. In addition you can feed hard boiled eggs, chicken and other meats as long as they are not made was seasonings, but it is not a substitute for a good staple.

Ruhbarb, Chocolate, Onion, and Garlic are all toxic to sugar gliders. Along those lines it is not a good idea to feed gliders pizza, chicken nuggets (or any other fast food) or meat that has been seasoned.

Again, this was a super brief overview for a general understanding. Everyone is entitled to feed their pet what they want. These guidelines have been developed and followed successfully for many years.

If you would like some help getting on a proper diet, or if you have questions please feel free to ask.

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