A Sugar Glider – Pocket Pets

Sugar Gliders- How To Take Care Of Your Pet

Learning how to take care of your glider is extremely very important. Doing research, asking vets, finding the right information, can be tricky. There is a lot of information, but not enough proper guides around. Also knowing where or who to buy off is important also, making sure if the breeder you buy The Glider off is certified and legitimate.

Taking care of a Sugar Glider (as with most pets) is a lot of work, but very rewarding. Finding the right information is important to the well been of your pet. They are a companion for a good part of your life, so they should only deserve the best treatment, as yes, they are now part of your family.

The Ultimate Sugar Guide Care Guide, is a  new Guides  that provides a step by step guide on providing the right care for your Sugar Glider. This guide will show you all the right steps and help you with a more detailed and expert view on the following…..

Diet

Unlike cats or dogs etc. you can’t just go to the pet store (yet I’m sure there are some stores that do provide) and buy the food for a Sugar Glider. They require a very specific diet, they are an exotic animal, so require an exotic diet. So be prepared for some new types of food around the home.

They eat a quality diet of dry or pellet type food, fruit and vegetables, but also half the diet consists of proteins such as bugs like crickets, meal-worms and grubs yum yum, not something that you could easily pick up down the local supermarket. So finding this food is your mission, be it online or special order with your store or vet. It should only cost you around 10 dollars a month to Feed  a Sugar Glider.

The Mess

Like any pet, playing can mean mess, and pets tend to be messy. Sugar Gliders are no exception. As they are Nocturnal, come evening, they are awake and raring to go, though very cute, they leave a mess, as their bowels will extricate even as they walk along (again, train from a young age) and sometimes even when climbing on you.

Be prepared for Sugar Glider poop on your skin, hair and clothes and all over the house if untrained. When they are in the cage, they like to throw food about and go toilet everywhere. But they are very clean and predictable and can be trained.

Biting And Screaming

Ok, Sugar Gliders are very noisy. Remember, they are nocturnal, and like to bark (crabbing it is called) most the night. Serious attention seekers. They also like to bang the cage around so be warned, you certainly do not want them in the same room as you.

They can also bite. Well they are an exotic animal with wild instincts, so do have a natural instinct to protect, so be careful. Most bites are harmless and training from a younger age can drastically help. Normally a young baby or old adult which has not been properly trained will naturally bite.

Health And Smell

If you have no idea how to deal with or take care of  a Sugar Glider you me have health problems. Malnutrition, hygiene, teeth, depression, parasites are just some of the health problems you may encounter with not knowing the proper way to take care of a Sugar Glider.

Though there are actually Sugar Glider vets, they are expensive and few. Your local vet may know very little about Sugar Gliders so getting the right treatment when the animal is sick may be difficult.

Sugar Gliders may smell too. They have glands that emit smells to leave a mark. But, with the right diet, these animal may not smell at all. Choosing the right diet for any animal usually has a direct effect on how they smell. Follow a well balanced diet and your Glider should have a clean smell.

Reproduction

If you have a pair, male and female, you may want to consider neutering. Sugar Gliders can have joeys up to 3-4 times a year yikes! that’s a lot of little ones and can become a major problem. So if you are getting your Glider Neutered, seek proper advice. Because of over-population, a lot of Sugar Gliders are abandoned or left in bad conditions.

Abandonment

Which leads us to the sad part. The major drawback. Because they can seem a little hard work, or given to a child as a gift, a lot of Sugar Gliders are abandoned in shelters or left to die, actually, a very high percentage. Mainly because people do not know what they are getting themselves in to a buy these animals because they are cute.

When left in shelters, most places do not know how to care for Sugar Gliders and they die pretty quickly.

Laws

Know the law. Since a Sugar Glider is an exotic animal, each countries law may differ. Make sure you check and see if your country or even your region allows these pets. From March 2009 in the USA, they are legal in 46 of the 50 states. In Europe, most countries they are legal and some places require a permit. Check you region and remember, laws tend to change

Know What To Do!!!

So it is very important, that you learn the right way to take care of your pet. It will take a few months to get accustomed, but soon it will be second nature.

Remember, they are an exotic animal, so relatively new to the pet world. Know your facts, love your pet. Get the  Ultimate Sugar Guide Care Guide for a step by step instruction guide to help you along. And hopefully you and your Gliders will spend many precious years together. Be Sure to visit our Sugar gilder blog for more great informative and helpful regular posts.

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