Deciding on what to feed your sugar glider is a bit more involved than with most pets. It is easy to tell which people are good and which people are bad. Keeping and caring for sugar gliders as pets the spruce pets. It is ultimately important to us that our gliders become part of good homes and you should be quite certain that you want to be owned by a sugar glider before making the. Sugar gliders are small marsupials that make great pets in the proper environment. Whether or not they will make good pets depends on your ability to spend at least 2 hours a day bonding with them while they are in a pouch, and a further 24 hours letting them out to play at night bearing in mind that a lot of gliders dont get up til midnight, you need to be a night owl if you want sugar gliders. In addition to fueling the illegal pet trade from australia, many people are breeding them a situation as bad as puppy mills.
A complete veterinary care guide and im also the president of the association of sugar glider veterinarians. I have 4 sugar gliders, and they are honeslty the best pets and so much fun. Dec 22, 2017 captive sugar gliders, however, have been bred with a variety of fur colors and patterns. In the wild, sugar gliders are playful with their colony, but wary and protective of intruders. The book does a good job of explaining the joys of owning gliders without at all minimizing the difficulties inherent in their. Their diets must be prepared at home as sugar glider diets in stores come as a dry kibble, and gliders can very easily choke on it as they suck. Sugar gliders live in family groups as large as 30 members, a dynamic ignored when they are made into pets. It is really up to you whether sugar gliders are good or bad pets. They are expensive to purchase and even more money to keep. Sugar gliders are great pets, but they not easy pets on a scale of 1 to 10 a 9. The second main factor that affects health is hygiene. Sugar gliders are cute, very cute, and they are very entertaining. Sugar gliders are extremely active and very social animals and do not like to live alone. An example of sugar glider foods that are extruded are gliderrchow pocket pets, happy glider suncoast sugar gliders, and wholesome balance suncoast sugar gliders.
Living with and caring for sugar gliders is this the. A sugar glider harness painfully cuts into the glider s delicate gliding membrane. Unlike other rodents, your sugar glider needs more than a simple pellet mix to fulfill his dietary needs. Although sugar gliderssometimes called sugar bearsare naturally found in australia. Sugar glider care guide when i first became a sugar glider owner, i remember being so frustrated trying to find reliable information on how to care for my gliders. Making sure your sugar glider is healthy is a top priority for sugar glider owners. Gliders glide with the fore and hindlimbs extended at right angles to their body, with their feet flexed upwards. I really want to help people take good care of their sugar gliders because i have been shocked by some of the bad information that people have put out on the internet. Begin public service sugar glider announcement while sugar gliders are great pets, cute, entertaining, people thinking about getting one or two need to be aware of what they are. This article is targeted at disuading you from owning a sugar glider by simply presenting the facts. Abandon a large percentage of sugar glider owners give them up within a year. The glider name comes from the web of skin that stretches between the sugar gliders limbs, allowing the sugar glider to escape from predators by gliding through the air like a paper airplane to get from tree to tree. Like any other potential pet, you should make sure you spend time with one prior to making the decision to bring one into your home.
Jul 24, 2009 finding a sugar glider vet can be difficult, you may have to travel miles or more, and vet treatment is expensive because they are exotic. The bml diet for sugar gliders should not be used in conjunction with other formulated diets, such as briskys sugar glider food or sunseed sugar glider formula. Sugar gliders animal planet pet care library and millions of other books. Heres why you should never buy sugar gliders as pets peta. What do i need to know before getting sugar gliders as pets. Sugar gliders and other pets tropical attititude pets.
Peggy brewer knows her gliders and has done a good job writing this book. These popular, adorable marsupials come from the same general family as koalas and kangaroos, and are native to australia and new guinea. The small marsupials also have a long lifespan of between 1215 years, much like that of a dog if those who are considering adopting a pet are willing to dedicate daily time for the next several years to a small and unique companion, then a sugar glider will make a good pet for them. There is a lot of contradictory information on the internet, and it can be difficult to know what is true. Sugar gliders make great pets for people with the time and patience to care for them properly. There are a few factors that are crucial to ensuring good health. Sugar gliders are bad pets why not to buy a sugar glider. Sugar gliders and other pets one of the biggest fears of new, or wouldbe owners of sugar gliders is the worry that their dog or cat or other pets will kill their baby sugar gliders.
While not really bad,it is a distinct odor, and may take over a room for a week or two. Dec 02, 2008 sugar gliders are terrible family pets in the sense that theyre not like a cat or dog and interact with everybody. The sugar glider petaurus breviceps is a small, omnivorous, arboreal, and nocturnal gliding. While sugar gliders might look like furry extraterrestrials, they are. Gliders are exceptionally unique as a type of pet, theyre also even more unique from glider to glider, with very individual personalities. Having a sugar glider as a pet is a longterm commitment. Sugar gliders are wonderful pets and deserve the very best care available. Sugar gliders should never wear a leash or a harness a glider wearing a leash could easily jump off its owners shoulder and strangle itself.
With all the contradictory information out there, this book cuts through all the confusion and gives the most uptodate information on sugar glider care. May 24, 20 sugar gliders and other pets one of the biggest fears of new, or wouldbe owners of sugar gliders is the worry that their dog or cat or other pets will kill their baby sugar gliders. Some pet owners and veterinarians are highly knowledgeable about food ingredients, but do not know much about pet food manufacture, and how it affects the nutritional values. Sugar gliders are a popular exotic pet due in part to their small size and cute, yet unusual, appearance. How well do sugar gliders get along with other pets. Sugar gliders, my little baby, books, kids, animals, animais, boys, livres.
Finding veterinarians in your area can be difficult, as most vets have little to no experience with sugar gliders. I also have to agree that the good petbad pet labels are weird. They are exotic animals and are not as easy to care for as a guinea pig or hamster. Among the most notorious companies contributing to this problem is pocket pets, which targets impulse buyers by peddling sugar gliders in mall kiosks all over the u. Nov 23, 20 the glider name comes from the web of skin that stretches between the sugar glider s limbs, allowing the sugar glider to escape from predators by gliding through the air like a paper airplane to get from tree to tree. Could a person live in a cargo van and keep a sugar glider or two as a pet. Or, check out the index by topic of sugar glider newsletters. Signs of good health can be seen through bright, black eyes and a healthy build. The complete sugar glider care guide provides reliable information from sugar glider owners on how to keep your sugar glider happy and healthy.
Its dangerous and stressful to allow sugar gliders and other pets to play. In the wild, gliders are community animals and they seem to be much. Mar 19, 2015 it is really up to you whether sugar gliders are good or bad pets. Owning a sugar glider is a bad decision and one that will not end well, considering the kind of specialized care they require. Transcript the decision to adopt a sugar glider and bring a sugar glider in your home may or may not be affected by the other pets you have, or your decisions to adopt or acquire other types of animals. Sugar gliders are taken into consideration unusual and also unique pets in the united states, so they are not legal in every sugar gliders the sugar glider is a nocturnal animal. A sugar glider will require almost as much care as a cat would. Having sugar gliders as pets is a serious commitment that should be considered carefully. Jun 08, 2018 sugar gliders are bad pets why not to buy a sugar glider. Sugar gliders are available from shelters, breeders, and pet stores across the country. All things considered, yes, a sugar glider could be a good pet for you but they are not as lowmaintenance as hamsters or gerbils. Gliders are omnivores, meaning they can eat both plants and animals.
Sugar glider health problems can be bizarre as well as emotionally and financially draining. If any part of the recipe is changed or substituted your glider will probably not eat it gliders can be picky. Awardwinning original fiction for learners of english. Therefore, the best diet for sugar gliders includes a balanced variety of both. If you would like to own a sugar glider, plan on having more than one. The first issue to consider is whether or not a sugar glider fits well into your lifestyle and expectations. At the first, one man told paul it is related with government, but i think it is not. Of course this is a legitimate fear and should be considered in your decision. Compared to other small pets, how hard are sugar gliders to care for. David brust, and ive been a practicing exotic veterinarian for the last 25 years.
How do i make my sure my sugar glider stays healthy. But just as you would with any other exotic pet, a potential sugar glider owner should be aware of the care requirements and personality traits of a sugar glider before getting one. Most of the common health problems that are seen in sugar gliders are the result of a poor diet. Animals that have been taken from the wild and sold to unsuspecting people as pets are often problematic. Sugar gliders do not require annual vaccinations, like dogs and cats, but should have an annual veterinary examination to help ensure they remain healthy. Sugar gliders are adorable, but they are an exotic animal, so theres a lot to consider before.
An example of sugar glider foods that are extruded are glider rchow pocket pets, happy glider suncoast sugar gliders, and wholesome balance suncoast sugar gliders. Sugar gliders are a popular exotic pet due to their small size and cute appearance. See more ideas about gliders, sugar bears and sugar glider baby. I bought a copy of this book to have a record of where sugar glider care started and how much we have learned. In general, sugar gliders are not good pets for kids. Theyre not good pets for kids and are very highmaintenance, demanding creatures. Search the sugargliderforums and you will see numerous issues.
After being contacted by peta, more than 1,300 retail locations nationwide now prohibit the sale of sugar gliders, including the largest mall owner in the u. In addition to fueling the illegal pet trade from australia, many people are breeding them a situation as bad as puppy mills being both cruel and inhumane. Everything you need to know about sugar gliders texvetpets. Sugar gliders complete pet owners manual caroline wightman on.
You can spend time with a sugar glider at the pet store, a rescue or at the house of a sugar gliders owner. Jul 03, 20 the benefits of having sugar gliders as pets 1. But it is still good for them to have a yearly visit. It would only be advisable for kids to get a sugar glider if they have a responsible parent who is willing to take on the major responsibilities of owning a glider. That is a question you certainly need to ask yourself. Recommendations for sugar glider diet exotic nutrition. Sugar gliders are exotic pets and have more complicated needs than your average small pet, such as a guinea pig. Living with and caring for sugar gliders is this the right pet for you.1284 459 123 726 352 864 1454 324 287 1467 284 531 551 878 275 487 44 557 747 143 317 877 975 1026 369 499 1194 945 845 11 15 92 1360 819 903 128 1539 635 1231 1334 637 1071 1083 1101 546 316 856 150 1251