If your looking for a different, extraordinary pet, then the Sugar Glider may be the right pet for you. However, keep in mind that it may not be the best pet for every household. Sugar Gliders, have specific needs and can live twelve to fourteen years in captivity. They are not difficult pets to keep but it’s important to consider your environment when choosing the right pet.
Petware House is here to pass on the knowledge you will need concerning housing, socialization, nutrition and potential health hazards for your Sugar Glider. We are always here for you and will gladly share the abundance of information and experience we’ve enjoyed while raising and caring for many wonderful Sugar Gliders. Don’t hesitate to contact us here at Petware House and we will be pleased to be of assistance.
So, the decision is final and you have decided that the Sugar Glider is your next pet. What now? Well, we firmly believe that an informed pet owner is always the one who will experience the best possible adventure with his or her new pet. So let’s start reading and learning.
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Socialization and bonding with the Sugar Glider isn’t much different from bonding with other pets. You essentially want a pet that will be your companion and connect with you in a special way. Getting results may take a few days or longer, but it is a work in progress and you glider will continue to learn and bond as long as the time is taken on your part. The same is true with all other pets and that is it will take time for it to learn its name, know how to sit and chew within a few days. You pet will also need some time to acclimate to its new environment.
Sugar Gliders produce a funny sound when they are freighted or in self-protection mode. This sound is referred to as crabbing. Some will crab more than others, some sugar gliders will make the sound along with a defensive posture, while other’s do this and get in attack-mode. Do not let this behaviour scare you. This is just your pet letting you know that he or she is scared.
Once you get home with your new pet, take a few moments to unwind and allow your Sugar Glider to become accustom to its new space. Carry your new pet with you in a bonding pouch and drop a small slice of fruit in the bonding pouch so it doesn’t go hungry.
Sugar Gliders really are fun-loving pets. They will bond with you and each of your family member in addition to other pets in the home. However, understand that the Sugar Glider cannot compete with bigger animals and you must supervise your gliders daily interaction with other pets in the household, to prevent injury.
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Sugar Gliders love large habitats. We highly suggested twenty-by-twenty-by-thirty-six inches, such as a multi-level ferret enclosure or a large birdcage.
Be creative and create a cozy, fun-filed space by installing several multi-level surfaces with boxes, bars and ledges. They will
also enjoy some carefully chosen toys such as tunnels, swings, wheels, similar to what you will find in a bird-supply section of a pet store.
Provide your sugar glider with a nice resting space, such as a hollow tree or bird nesting box, or give them a fleece sleeping pouch.
Just as with any other pet, your Sugar Glider will require visits to a veterinarian, for check-ups and to ensure continued good health.
Similar to other pets, you should know about potential medical issues a sugar glider can be faced with, including the following:
Sugar Gliders require a calcium-rich diet, otherwise, they will show symptoms of lameness, paralysis and difficulty moving. If you
believe your Sugar Glider is not receiving enough calcium, you should consider adding in calcium supplements to prevent these symptoms.
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If the diet does not contain enough roughage, you may see a hard, distended stomach, difficulty defecation and hard dry stools. On the other hand, if your sugar glider is stressed, eats too much citrus fruit, or many other causes, you may see diarrhea. Diarrhea is dangerous because sugar gliders can quickly become fatally dehydrated if not treated.
Poor dietary intake, a dirty cage, too small a cage, overcrowding, illness, over-handling, boredom, excessive heat or cold, and many other reasons may contribute to your Sugar Gliders overall stress-level. Common sings that your Sugar Glider may be stressed include a loss of appetite, excessive eating, excessive sleeping and frantically circling of the cage. If you notice any of these signs, be sure to address any issues that may be causing your Sugar Glider to stress out.
Similar to a cat or dog, your Sugar Glider can come down with any of the following: ticks, fleas, mites, lice, hookworms, tapeworm, roundworm, etc. If you suspect your Sugar Glider has a parasite, ask your local veterinarian for a treatment.
Some of the most common health concerns with the Sugar Glider include open wounds, torn claws and broken bowns.
A hot topic of debate, among Sugar Glider keepers, is the strict dietary requirement for your pet. There are a number of diet options available for your pet so don’t hesitate to reach out to us here at Petware House and we will provide you with all the details you need. Use caution when obtaining diet details from the Internet as there is an abundance of misleading information online. Sugar Gliders may suffer from paralysis stemming from an imbalance of calcium to phosphorus in the diet which is in calcium/phosphorus levels being either too high or to low. This can be prevented with a proper diet and vitamin/mineral supplements.
With a plethora of cages available on the market today, one has to ask, which is the right for me and Sugar Glider? It’s a perfectly valid question and truth of the matter is there are just to many available on the market but some minimal guidelines should be considered. We suggest a cage of twenty –four-by-twenty-four inches, by thirty six inches high is a fair size for a pair of Sugar Gliders and is the minimum requirement. Bigger of course, is better and height should be your first consideration and is more valuable for to your pet. Always include a number of toys for entertainment and exercise wheel, nest box, pouches, etc. Ladders, branches and ropes always provide opportunity for exercise and are highly recommended items.
A nesting box is a necessity for your pet Sugar Glider. By nature these little creatures love to sleep during the day and need a place they can lay down and rest. Here at Petware House, we carry a number of ideal solutions that are will be perfect for your Sugar Glider. Typically you would want to consider a cloth pouch with a slit in front and attached to his cage, a plastic hamster house will also work well as well as a wooden birdhouse.
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Petware House carries a number of suitable bedding solutions for your pet Sugar Glider, or any other pet for that matter. We carry shredded plain paper, wood shavings and a number of other solutions that are ideal for your pet with excellent absorbing power for urine and droppings. Whichever solution you should decide to use, ensure that it’s non-toxic, in the event that your pet eats it.
Sugar Gliders prefer to eat at heights and require heavy flat bottom dishes, or dishes that attach to the sides of the cage. A stoppered water bottle that attaches to the cage is likely your best option to provide your Sugar Glider with fresh water. It’s also suggested that your pet be provided with fresh water, everyday.
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