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Male and female Sugar Glider suddenly being aggressive?
Male and female Sugar Glider suddenly being aggressive?
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Apr 21 2012
06:06:53 PM
Olive (the female) and Omar (the male) have suddenly started being aggressive toward each other in the passed week or two.

There has been a change in their diet and I'm wondering if this is causing the behavior change. They were mainly eating dry food through out the day and fresh veggies and fruits as a full meal when they wake up at 10pm. Since we have run out of dry food and are unable to buy more at the moment we have been giving them just fruits and veggies.

Is there a vitamin that is possibly missing in their diet now that is causing them to be aggressive towards each other?

They're not aggressive all the time. Usually it's only when there's food in the cage and I'll hear crabbing and I'll go look into the cage and each will have a piece of food in their mouth and they'll be running around each other in circles in the cage like they're guarding that piece of food.

Sometimes it will happen when one of them has a piece of food in their mouth and the other will try to take it and they'll start fighting. I show them that there's more food in the bowl, but they don't seem to get it.

A few minutes ago it happened randomly for not apparent reason.

I'm scared that I wont be home one time while they're fighting and they'll end up hurting each other.

Please help guys! This is an urgent issue!
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Apr 21 2012
06:15:37 PM
mistresslynn Super Glider Visit mistresslynn's Photo Album 233 Posts
If its just about food try putting more than one food bowl.
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Apr 21 2012
10:04:00 PM
Willows Tree Fuzzy Wuzzy Visit Willows Tree's Photo Album USA 1294 Posts
Perhaps I misunderstood..
You say they are on dry food during the day, and fruits & vegs at night?
What is their staple food?..their protein source?
Then You said you're "OUT" of the dry food?..Are You feeding ONLY fruits/vegs?
If your gliders are hungry, they will not be happy..Maybe they aren't getting enought to eat?
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Apr 21 2012
10:09:15 PM
prettyinpink5808 Fuzzy Wuzzy GliderMap Visit prettyinpink5808's Photo Album CT, USA 1223 Posts
gliders need protein!

50% protein/ 25% fruit/ 25% veg! Give them some unseasoned eggs or chicken along with the fruits and veg until you put them on a staple diet.
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Apr 21 2012
11:51:42 PM
xcatalyst Glider Visit xcatalyst's Photo Album USA 53 Posts
<blockquote id="quote"><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial, Helvetica" id="quote">quote:<hr height="1" noshade id="quote"><i>Originally posted by Willows Tree</i>
<br />Perhaps I misunderstood..
You say they are on dry food during the day, and fruits & vegs at night?
What is their staple food?..their protein source?
Then You said you're "OUT" of the dry food?..Are You feeding ONLY fruits/vegs?
If your gliders are hungry, they will not be happy..Maybe they aren't getting enought to eat?
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No, they <b>were</b> eating dry food during the day and fruits and veggies at night. Since I'm out of dry food now I've been feeding them just fruits and veggies and the occasional walnuts. I feed them 3 times a day with plenty of food.
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Apr 22 2012
01:25:15 AM
xcatalyst Glider Visit xcatalyst's Photo Album USA 53 Posts
UPDATE: Omar seems to be the only being highly aggressive. He acts like he's protecting the bowl if food. When I fed them, I watched their behavior and that's what I saw. I took Olive out for a little bit and hand fed her because she seemed really scared. Tomorrow morning I will try using 2 separate bowls for them and see how that goes.
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Apr 22 2012
01:44:10 AM
LisaW Glider Visit LisaW's Photo Album 86 Posts
They aren't getting enough protein if you are only feeding fruits and veggies. Gliders need protein. Try putting an egg in a microwave safe bowl and pitting it in the microwave for 20 seconds, mix it then if needed put it in another few seconds( depending how hot your microwave gets) then cut the egg up small. It's really quick not a lot of work they need the protein though.
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Apr 22 2012
02:32:02 AM
xcatalyst Glider Visit xcatalyst's Photo Album USA 53 Posts
<blockquote id="quote"><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial, Helvetica" id="quote">quote:<hr height="1" noshade id="quote"><i>Originally posted by LisaW</i>
<br />They aren't getting enough protein if you are only feeding fruits and veggies. Gliders need protein. Try putting an egg in a microwave safe bowl and pitting it in the microwave for 20 seconds, mix it then if needed put it in another few seconds( depending how hot your microwave gets) then cut the egg up small. It's really quick not a lot of work they need the protein though.
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I will give them an egg in the morning. :] Thank you for your input!
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Apr 22 2012
03:51:12 AM
josiec Super Glider Visit josiec's Photo Album OR, USA 226 Posts
Could it also be that she might be in heat?
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Apr 22 2012
09:37:10 AM
TJones09 Goofy Gorillatoes Visit TJones09's Photo Album 2092 Posts
For now, offer them cooked egg, yogurt, &/or some cooked unseasoned chicken, or chicken baby food even with their f/v. You could try offering blended fruit yogurt on a spoon (no aspartame) and see if they'll lick it off together nicely, that may help them get over this food aggression. Otherwise keep offering separate food dishes, if you use kitchens use 2 separate. If last resort, at their normal general feeding time, separate them.

Next, I'd look into a better diet plan, check out the different options offered on here or other sites, see which would work best for you, then see if they like it, hopefully you'll have success. Also search posts for diet suggestions, you can get the opinions and other helpful notes from experienced people who have already helped answer diet questions in the past.

Good luck, I really wish you the best, and keep updating, PLEASE! We really do care.

Edited by - TJones09 on Apr 22 2012 09:37:58 AM
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Apr 22 2012
11:36:30 AM
Candy Booger Bunny Visit Candy's Photo Album FL, USA 6024 Posts
OK, you said you feed them 3 times a day. Gliders are nocturnal. They need to have their food in the cage over night while they are awake and active. They will eat off and on all night long. If they are fed a balanced diet at night (protein/staple food plus about 1 TBS fruit and 1 TBS vegetables PER GLIDER) most gliders will sleep soundly during the day and do not need to be fed during the day. Some gliders will eat a small amount of pellets or other food during the day, but most do not eat at all during the day.

Please look over the various feeding plans that most of us use. These recipes for staple mixes that provide necessary protein, vitamins and adequate calcium along with the fruits and vegetables will help your gliders remain healthy.

You can find the original instructions for the various feeding plans using links on my web page to help you choose the plan that will work best for you.

http://www.gliderkids.com/contact.html

Edited by - Candy on Apr 22 2012 11:37:24 AM
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Apr 22 2012
04:45:06 PM
xcatalyst Glider Visit xcatalyst's Photo Album USA 53 Posts
@TJones09: I will try giving them yoghurt. What about peanut butter as well?

@Candy: Olive and Omar have always been staying awake for most of the day.
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Apr 22 2012
07:33:17 PM
prettyinpink5808 Fuzzy Wuzzy GliderMap Visit prettyinpink5808's Photo Album CT, USA 1223 Posts
<blockquote id="quote"><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial, Helvetica" id="quote">quote:<hr height="1" noshade id="quote"><i>Originally posted by xcatalyst</i>
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@Candy: Olive and Omar have always been staying awake for most of the day.
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Were they like that since you got them? My gliders sleep undisturbed for the whole day pretty much. Only once in a while will they get up to do their business or when i have to take them out for nail clipping etc. Have you tried giving chicken or egg? Yogurt is good to give but i don't think it is an everyday thing. I'm not quite sure about Peanut Butter either, nuts are also something that are only given occasionally.
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Apr 22 2012
10:04:36 PM
xcatalyst Glider Visit xcatalyst's Photo Album USA 53 Posts
@prettyinpink5808: Yes, they have always wanted to stay awake most of the day. Their sleeping schedule is weird. They wake up around 3 or 4pm and go to sleep at like... 2 or 3am? Around there. Then they wake up around 10am for an hour to have a snack and do their business.
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Apr 22 2012
10:05:58 PM
xcatalyst Glider Visit xcatalyst's Photo Album USA 53 Posts
Oh and also I gave them each a noodle today when my dad in law made spaghetti and I gave them a mini spoonful of peanut butter and they both enjoyed it. They didn't fight over it at all. I am giving them a half an egg tonight and we will see how that goes. :]
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Apr 22 2012
11:44:15 PM
JeremyLexie Fuzzy Wuzzy Visit JeremyLexie's Photo Album USA 1190 Posts
<blockquote id="quote"><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial, Helvetica" id="quote">quote:<hr height="1" noshade id="quote"><i>Originally posted by xcatalyst</i>
<br /><blockquote id="quote"><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial, Helvetica" id="quote">quote:<hr height="1" noshade id="quote"><i>Originally posted by Willows Tree</i>
<br />Perhaps I misunderstood..
You say they are on dry food during the day, and fruits & vegs at night?
What is their staple food?..their protein source?
Then You said you're "OUT" of the dry food?..Are You feeding ONLY fruits/vegs?
If your gliders are hungry, they will not be happy..Maybe they aren't getting enought to eat?
<hr height="1" noshade id="quote"></font id="quote"></blockquote id="quote">

No, they <b>were</b> eating dry food during the day and fruits and veggies at night. Since I'm out of dry food now I've been feeding them just fruits and veggies and the occasional walnuts. I feed them 3 times a day with plenty of food.
<hr height="1" noshade id="quote"></font id="quote"></blockquote id="quote">why 3 times a day? glider should be sleeping during the day and fed once at night.
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