|Posted by:|| Kristen Johnson, email@example.com|
|Subject:|| Is it ok..........|
|When:|| 4:16 PM, 05 Dec 2000 |
|IP:|| 22.214.171.124 |
My sugar glider is three months old now. I am now spending alot of time with him. I was wondering if it was ok to put him in a hamster [lastic ball. you know the one that has air holes and you put them in t and they rolll around the house?
|Posted by:|| KarenE, KarenElfrank@aol.com|
|When:|| 4:34 PM, 05 Dec 2000 |
|IP:|| 126.96.36.199 |
There are some people who use these balls and have had no accidents ... HOWEVER, if he were mine I would definitely NOT use the hamster balls.
Their little toes can get caught in the slits and if they cannot get free, you could be faced with a serious injury and large vet bills.
I would suggest purchasing a wodent wheel which is designed to accomodate gliders and is very safe.
I personally have two and they are in constant use. I ordered mine from transoniq.com. I ordered the medium size. Trust me, it will be well worth the money to purchase one ... your glider will absolutely love you.
You still have time to get it for his very first Christmas present
|Posted by:|| haic, firstname.lastname@example.org|
|When:|| 6:25 AM, 06 Dec 2000 |
|IP:|| 188.8.131.52 |
I have one of those balls (only one size up from the hamster) and my male (Gideon) loves it. I haven't been able to glider proof my apt enough for them to run around yet, so this is a way for him to check out the whole apt without being in danger of crawling beneath the stove, bathroom vanity, behind the water heater, etc. I watch him while he's in it. If he starts getting his nails caught in the holes, I know it's time for a nail trim (it usually coincides with getting his nails caught in the wire of his cage, the fabric of his little "blankies" in the hammock, and elsewhere). He really loves to be able to run around the whole space of the apt and it gives him good exercise.
The only reason why he's not using it right now is because I'm instructed by the vet to keep him "still" due to health problems and the exercise and excitement of his ball definately does NOT keep him still.
|Posted by:|| star, teverett|
|When:|| 12:35 PM, 06 Dec 2000 |
|IP:|| 184.108.40.206 |
I tried one of those before, and my boys tried to jump in it and they kept bumping their little heads. They were so pittiful in it I felt horrible for putting them in it and will never do it again.
|Posted by:|| Kimi, email@example.com|
|When:|| 2:34 PM, 06 Dec 2000 |
|IP:|| 220.127.116.11 |
I tried the ball once and like Karen said their little nails can get caught up in the slits....anyway mine did so I stopped using it. I went out and got a bunch of apple and pear tree limbs and suspended them from the ceiling with the little plant hanger hook thingies and they loved it so I added some hemp rope and hanging toys.....and have a little playground type thing goin on up high where they like it! Anyway just a thought... Kimi
|Posted by:|| Mary/beck, firstname.lastname@example.org|
|When:|| 12:12 PM, 07 Dec 2000 |
|IP:|| 18.104.22.168 |
Someone put their glider in one of those balls and they started running like crazy..she though that meant the glider really liked it..but when she took him out he was shaking and was scared to death.......she then realized that the glider was running to try and get out of the ball...not because they liked it.
|Posted by:|| Kerry|
|When:|| 7:55 PM, 07 Dec 2000 |
|IP:|| 22.214.171.124 |
Well, proof positive that my gliders like their ball . . . It sits on top of their cage 'cause it has one of those stationary stands. Anyway while they are out playing they will jump in and and run in for LONG periods of time. However, my gliders are always superivised while they are in their ball because they are not out of their cage when I am not in the room.
|Posted by:|| bridget|
|When:|| 2:53 PM, 03 Jan 2001 |
|IP:|| 126.96.36.199 |
not a really good idea
|Posted by:|| Barb, email@example.com|
|When:|| 1:39 PM, 04 Jan 2001 |
|IP:|| 188.8.131.52 |
I would not recommend it. I have one and will not use it. It made my gliders such a nervous wreck they peed all over the place...It was very obvious to me that they did not enjoy it...On the other hand, I waited a long time to get Wodent Wheels, but they absolutely love it. Go for the Wodent Wheels instead, please.
|Posted by:|| Jasmine, Spookie_Girl@yahoo.com|
|When:|| 2:31 PM, 05 Jan 2001 |
|IP:|| 184.108.40.206 |
I've been using hamster balls for 5 years and have not had a problem once. None of my animals ever catch their claws or toes, and two of them really love it. I'm sure it depends somewhat on the ball, the glider, and the owner (whether or not the person clips their gliders' claws or plans to supervise their pets). It's best to make sure their nails nails are trimmed--every week to every other week--to ensure their saftey with any toy, and so they don't get caught on clothes. One should never leave a sugar glider in the ball totally unsupervised. They can escape.
|Posted by:|| Cupcake, firstname.lastname@example.org|
|When:|| 9:56 AM, 06 Jan 2001 |
|IP:|| 220.127.116.11 |
about how much do wodent wheels cost? and HOW do you trim your gliders nails?, mine wont hold still for a second!
|Posted by:|| Heather, email@example.com|
|When:|| 11:30 AM, 06 Jan 2001 |
|IP:|| 18.104.22.168 |
check out pawprints.com for prices on wodent wheels. They are not very expensive and definetly worth it. I couldn't trim my gliders nails until she was bonded with me. Then while she is sleeping and still in the pouch I pull one leg out and cut the tip of each nail. Then I give her one of her favorite treats to keep her busy and cut all of the other nails. Sometimes she tries to pull her paw away but I carefully hold it until she stops and continue cutting. She is getting used to it and it gets easier to do. She even spreads her fingers out now when I hold her paw, like she is ready for a manicure.
|Posted by:|| Jasmine, Spookie_Girl@yahoo.com|
|When:|| 1:53 PM, 06 Jan 2001 |
|IP:|| 22.214.171.124 |
I always wrap mine in a towl and go very carefully from toe to toe. Sometimes it's better to have someone help. I use fingernail clippers. Some people use claw trimmers for cats and dogs. You have to be super careful when you do it, and avoid trimming into the pink/red vain. Some gliders are better about it than others. Murry acts like a nut and only bites people when he's getting his nails done. Zelda is very mellow about it and just lies there, which is odd since she's the least tame of the bunch. They are all happy after it's over because their feet no longer catch on the carpet or on us, but we have to keep an eye on them when they try climb at first.
If you are uncomfortable with clipping claws or want to do it less, you can put sandpaper on perches or a wodent wheel to keep them worn down. You just need keep an eye on their feet to make sure they are getting scraped up, though. BTW- I've seen Wodent Wheels between $12-$15. We just bought one for my guys as a Xmas gift (they were using wire before), and they love it! I'm going to buy a second one in February.
|Posted by:|| stefanie, firstname.lastname@example.org|
|When:|| 6:10 PM, 06 Jan 2001 |
|IP:|| 126.96.36.199 |
absolutilly do not use it! i have lost 2hamsters in those stupid balls and i will never ever use them again! i would hate to have to hear that you lost a sugar glider. also my sugar glider feels very uncomfortable in small places. i put her in a little thing that she could sleep in nad she started to chew her tail wich is a sign pf stress. please dont use the balls!!!
|Posted by:|| none|
|When:|| 12:26 AM, 07 Jan 2001 |
|IP:|| 188.8.131.52 |
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