After researching for over two years, I think I'm almost ready to add a sugar glider to my home. However, I'd like to talk to people who actually have them first and I have a few questions...
Are mealworms a good source of protein or is there a better insect to feed? Do all sugar gliders like them?
As well as being used for Protein mealworms help to clean the gliders teeth! I haven't met a glider that doesn't like them! Young gliders don't always know what they are, and you may have to squeeze out some of the guts and touch it to their mouth for them to get the taste of it!
I heard that they tend to go to the bathroom on their owners. I don't mind this, however, is there any way to help prevent it? I've heard of some owners training their suggies to go on a paper towel before leaving the cage. Is this actually possible?
They will usually pee a little and do a poop or two. The poop is pretty solid. You aren't a true Glider owner unless you have been pooped on!
What fruits and veggies are best for a sugarglider? Are there any that they should be getting more of then others?
I have a list of fruits and veg on the diet page of my website. www.critterhill.com Click on Sugar Gliders and then you'll see a link to diets.
I've heard that some people give their gliders a powdery nector substance in their water and seen brands of it advertised. Is it necassary?
If you use it do so as a treat. We have had gliders for nearly 4 years now and I have never used it. My gliders are happy and healthy.
What vitamins do you give your gliders?
We feed the BML diet and it contains Repcal Calcium and Repcal Herptivite. You will need to pick a proven diet and see what vitamins it requires, they don't all use the same.
Also, I kind of wanted to only get one at first. I think I would get a bit stressed by getting two new gliders at once. But I've heard that they can get lonely without a buddy. I plan on having the sugarglider out as much as possible. I'd play with it in the evening for at least 2 or 3 hours. Is this ok?
Some gliders do fine on their own if they have lots and lots of attention from their human, but they do love company of their own kind. Many owners who get just one end up getting another one later anyway. And then you will need another cage, and will have to wait until the gliders are similar in size before you can put them together. They also live for up to 15 years so you need to decide whether you can continue giving just one so much time in the evening, for that many years.
Oh, and how do you train them to stay in the pouch? It just seems like they would want to come out.
If you are going to buy a bonding pouch I would also buy one that is escape proof. www.sweetandsoursugargliders.com has the best bonding pouch EVER!! The sissy pouch may be a littler pricier than some, but it is worth every penny! And Alicia who makes them is such a wonderful person!
And what bonding methods do you recommend? Is using a tent a good idea?
Definately get a tent, they really help with the bonding process and make a great safe area for you and your glider to play. I also have information on tent bonding on my website! http://www.critterhill.com/TentTime.html
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