My boyfriend and I just purchased our very first Sugar Glider and named him Jinx our question for all you sugar glider owners is what exactly would you recommend us to do? We have set up his cage with a nail filer, a ferret pouch, a rope, a twig ball hanging from the top, a wheel, his food and water of course. We also have a piece of my boyfriends tshirt we cut up and stuck it in his pouch. We are still learning by reading up on sugar gliders and etching YouTube videos. We would appreciate any comments! :) thanks!!!!
prettyinpink5808Fuzzy WuzzyCT, USA1223 Posts
Apr 21 2012 : 09:32:08 PM
Before i give any recommendations i will ask a few questions :)
1. What are you planning to feed the little guy? 2. How big is your cage? and what kind of wheel do you have? 3. Are you planning on getting a friend for him any time soon?
Those are three very basic Q's, if you could answer them we can give you some recommendations from there. Also, we love pics! Post some for us to see :)
and welcome to the forum!
Omis n Kais g-maPouch ProtectorTX, USA7278 Posts
Apr 21 2012 : 09:43:29 PM
Do not follow anything you see on ASGV videos. They know nothing...literally. What kind of wheel did you get Jinx? If it is a hamster wheel, get rid of it and order a safe suggie wheel. Raptor, stealth, Custom Cruiser and I'm sure there are a few others. What are you feeding him? He definitely will need a buddy. or two. A neutered male would be best. He should be neutered no matter which sex you get. Find a good exotic vet. all the resources you could need are here for you. At the top of the page there is a resources tab. If you click on it there will be vets in your area that see suggies, nutrition (diets) and vendors that are also members here. Some people make pouches, cagesets and sell ingredients to diets. There is no one best diet. The best diet, is the one your suggie likes and eats. Ask as many questions as you can.
Jinx420Starting Member5 Posts
Apr 23 2012 : 02:12:36 AM
Welli right now we have him on simple suggie food, they sold it to us at the pet store when we got Jinx. We also cut up fresh apple slices and give him a piece once a day. I bought him natural baby food too (I haven't given it to him just yet) n it's berry apple flavor, carrot, and plain apple sauce. We change his water everyday but have an attached water bottle to the cage. We got him a wheel that is not completely closed because we read that sometes they pee in their wheel and get it all over themselves... I will get the exact name of the wheel on my next reply lol. Also I will get the exact measurements of the cage, it's prett spacious for him he jumps around it at night it's fun and entertaining to watch. Also, we are planning on getting him a friend, however my question is this. Would it matter if jinx is about 8 months old and we get him a friend that is only 3 months old? It would you all recommend to get him a friend now that he's young?... They are pretty expensive little animals but if it's better to get him a friend now while he's only 4 1/2 months old then we will do so.
KritterCareFace HuggerUSA633 Posts
Apr 23 2012 : 06:13:12 AM
As long as they are close to the same size, age isn't really an issue when introducing gliders. The smaller one should be at least 3/4 the size of the bigger one, that way if a fight should break out, the little one can hold it's own until you break things up. And you might want to take a look up under the resources tab and look at some of the approved diets, as most "simple suggie food" is not good for them as a primary factor in their diet. Some people will leave pellet food in the cage as a snack for the day time, but some of us try to stay away from it even for that. Good luck with your new little boy!
baby.girlFace HuggerUSA538 Posts
Apr 23 2012 : 11:12:14 AM
congrats on the suggie. also you might want to check with your vet to see if they take sugar gliders cause if they dont you will need to find one. This is in case something happen and for there check up's so it is very important you have one.If you cant find one let us know in will will help you.You also want to stay away from un safe food and plants.
TJones09Fuzzy Wuzzy1991 Posts
Apr 23 2012 : 11:36:33 AM
Congratulations on your new baby, we do like photos, so if you can get a chance to get some up, that helps a lot & we love to look at the cute little suggies anyway.
For photos, I personally find having a photobucket account works easily, once pictures are uploaded, all you have to do is go to share, get link code, and copy & paste right to your post.
Has for proper care, being here and I'm sure other sites will help with info and advice just by just searching different topics, or on the menu under gliderpedia & resources, and of coarse by your own posts & occasionally if there is someone on chat that can help, you can get answers quick as well.
From what I've learned so far: Search diets under gliderpedia and select one to try. Make sure you have proper accessories. Try to get your little guy a buddy asap and follow intro instructions (available on this site). Be patient, kind & loving and your suggie will have a happy life.
Once you have proper food & accessories for one glider, the expense is pretty much the same to support 2, so the most expense is the purchase of the 2nd glider. May I suggest you search local classified s/a Craigslist or if you are near a glider rescue and see if someone is in need of re-homing any gliders, it's a win-win situation for everyone that way especially the rescued glider.
Wish you the best!
Jinx420Starting Member5 Posts
Apr 24 2012 : 11:34:15 PM
I will definitely post pictures soon. We are really considering buying a new sugar glider, I believe by the end of the week we will get him:)
Now I have another question, since we can't potty train our sugar glider, we noticed that he pees on his hammock bed. I'm going to wash it however I was wondering if using detergent is bad? I kinda want to say it.ll be good cause if will smell just like our clothes since I'll be using the same detergent... What do u all think?is detergent bad for them? Lol just a question I guess it's better to be safe than sorry.
Thanks! That was extremely helpful!:) so back to our suggie and him eating.nwe've been giving him pellets, apples, n pineapple. Our suggie seems to love all three! However I think he loves it a bit too much. He seems to be always hungry... He wakes up and eats then goes back to sleep. Plays with us for a while then back to eating and ack to sleep.... Is this normal?
kyro298Glider SprinklesCO, USA15262 Posts
Apr 26 2012 : 01:12:04 AM
I would definitely look into a different diet. Pineapple is really acidic and could upset his stomach. He should at least be having fresh fruits, veggies and protein every night. 99% of pellets are unhealthy and full of fillers. Do you know what kind they are?
Eating and going back to sleep for a while is normal.
Apr 26 2012 : 01:13:07 AM
<blockquote id="quote"><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial, Helvetica" id="quote">quote:<hr height="1" noshade id="quote"><i>Originally posted by Jinx420</i> <br />Thanks! That was extremely helpful!:) so back to our suggie and him eating.nwe've been giving him pellets, apples, n pineapple. Our suggie seems to love all three! However I think he loves it a bit too much. He seems to be always hungry... He wakes up and eats then goes back to sleep. Plays with us for a while then back to eating and ack to sleep.... Is this normal? <hr height="1" noshade id="quote"></font id="quote"></blockquote id="quote">
Really, you mean yours doesnt do chores, like do the dishes and fold the laundry? Pretty much described every pet I have ever owned (since all mine have been fixed). They are very nocturnal, so thier most active time is middle of the night. Most of us give our glider things to keep them busy, such as toys and puzzles. Also, do you know what is in your pellet food? I mean what is it made out of? Because if it is a cheap type full of just filler, he may not be getting what he needs and so his body tells him to keep eating. As stated for various reasons most of us stay away from pellet food. Personally I like to be able to control what my glider eats with 100% certainty they are getting a proper diet without some commercial pet chain going woops we put too much "X" chemical in that food now we have to recall.