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nanateesha Posted - Sep 23 2014 : 11:56:34 AM
My glider tends to wake up between 930-10 and will go back to sleep around 6-7. I know this is normal for most gliders but is there any way to train him to stay awake while I'm awake instead of at night? I heard that feeding him in the morning instead of at night is a good idea but if i do that, i feel like im starving him for the night. Any other ideas?
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Smash0196 Posted - Apr 16 2015 : 07:36:48 PM
My gliders are kept in the basement, which is fairly dark except for the early morning when the sun is at the right angle to shine through.
Because of this, they wake up around 4-8pm and go to bed around 6-9am
Not suggesting subject your animals to your potentially creepy or unfinished basement or unnatural darkness, but my basement is the warmest place in my house with the most activity from me, so that's where they stay. It also gives them the most space for out of cage time and their own kitchen
Candy Posted - Sep 23 2014 : 01:55:17 PM
No, there really is no good way to convert an nocturnal animal into one that stays awake during the day for the convenience of the owner.

To do so would entail keeping your house (or at least the rooms visible to your gliders) DARK all day and keeping lights on all night - 7 days a week 365 days of the year to re-set and keep your gliders on a night time sleep schedule. This is how zoos create a habitat for nocturnal animals so visitors can view them during the day.

This would however create issues with your OWN sleep cycles.

You do need to feed your glider in the evening so that it can get all the nourishment needed. Most gliders do not wake up to eat during the day. They can eat only small amounts at one time, but eat several times each night to meet their nutritional needs.

You can gradually get your glider up a little earlier each evening for some play time with you though. You will need a room that can be made fairly dark such as a bathroom with the window covered (drapes or blinds). In the evening take your glider out 15 minutes before he usually wakes up and after a few days move it up to 30 minutes before his wake up time. You can gradually work his wake up time to around 8:00 pm or maybe earlier when the time change kicks in and it is darker earlier any way.

You can then interact with your glider for a couple hours before returning him to his cage for his dinner. He will most likely take a nap when you put him back in the cage.

Be sure to bring some of his dinner into the play area with you in case your glider wants and needs something to eat before becoming very active and playful. Some gliders have had issues with low blood sugar when they are very active but do not have any food available and have not eaten anything all day.

Some people also get themselves up early 5:30 or 6:00 am to have some play time with their gliders before the gliders are ready to sleep for the day.