Hi Megan! I've got three sugar gliders-soon to be four-and I want to say that I'm so happy you did some research before getting the glider! They really are cool animals aren't they?
A great forum to learn about gliders and talk to other glider owners is GliderCENTRAL GliderCENTRAL: Viewing the portal page
if you haven't already been there.
Some of my favorite vendors are:
Cuddle Creations by Cheryl
The Sugar Glider Store
There's lots of others, but those ones are great!
Another good place to look is www.suggiebay.com
Its like ebay for gliders!
I wouldn't recommend that ball as a playtime. Sugie's poor nails could get caught and she could get seriously injured. Plus I see that you have lots of other pets, and the dogs would probably scare her to death (off topic..I have a min pin too!) if not hurt her. My dog thinks my gliders are neat little (expensive) toys I bought for her to play with. Like Sasami said, tent time works wonders while bonding!
You'll also need a wheel for your sugar glider. You'll see that it will be her favorite toy! Two safe options are the Wodent Wheel (can be purchased at the Sugar Glider Store I listed) and the Stealth wheel AtticWorx Home
The Stealth is expensive but will last you forever and it's the quietest wheel out there! Do NOT use one of the metal wheels that are sold for rats/mice. Their feet could get caught between the bars and their tail could get seriously injured by the crossbar (think of a guillotine)
Also, Sugie needs to be on a good diet. What are you feeding her now? GliderCENTRAL Links: Glider Care & Information/Diet & Nutrition
Look through that list and you can choose a complete diet for her.
What is her cage like? Make sure that the wire is coated (vinyl, PVC or powder coated) and that the bar spacing is no more then 1/2" one way. The actual cage should be 2'x2'x3' tall at the very least.
If you'd like, feel free to email me at [email protected]
I'd be happy to answer any questions you might have, or just talk gliders
As I'm sure you can tell by my lack of posts, I don't get on here much
Sasami, where upstate would you be getting your glider from? I live up in Rochester.