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One sugar glider overweight but not the other
One sugar glider overweight but not the other
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Aug 23 2015
08:55:58 PM
Hi, I have had two sugar gliders for almost two years now and up till now everything has been great and they have had no problems whatsoever. The thing is now that I'm starting to notice that my female sugar glider is getting a little overweight. Nothing too serious yet, I have just begin to notice it, but I really want to catch it before it gets too far. I know she's not pregnant, I had the male fixed when they were both much younger, and the weird thing is that he is not becoming overweight at all, just her. I'm thinking that maybe she is eating all the food and he is just eating the left overs? I'm thinking about taking them to a vet to see if she really is overweight or if it is normal for female sugar gliders to be the heavier ones. I considered trying to separate them while they're eating but I only have one cage and I'm not too sure on how to effectively get them to eat their own food without them just going to one another's plate. I would greatly appreciate any advice or ideas, I'm really worried about her and want to make sure she's healthy.
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Aug 24 2015
01:37:59 AM
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You should weigh them on a small scale, like a jewellers scale, to get their weight in ounces. It's really the only way to know if she's overweight.

Some gliders are naturally bigger, some are smaller. Perhaps the boy is more active on the wheel and playing, whereas she's more laid back and prefers to snack instead?

What are you feeding them? And how much?

You could try adding some foraging toys, or putting parts of their dinner in hanging glider kitchens. That way she will have to work for her dinner. You could also separate the food into mutiple dishes, putting fruit and veg in one, then the staple in another on the side of the cage. If she's moving from dish to dish, she won't be able to gorge as easily.

You might also want to add another wheel, or look into the custom choice cruiser. The full bounce option provides more of a workout.

When I needed my glider to lose weight, I added an extra wheel, removed the hammocks and traded them for fleece vines and ropes for them to climb instead, and added hanging kitchens and put their veggies in the foraging cups (attached to hanging toys).

You could also take her into the tent to give her more space to run around.

But before all, make sure she's actually overweight! If you have a naturally small male, she could look bigger in comparison, even if she's within a healthy weight range. If you don't have access to a scale, a vet could definitely weigh her for you :)
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One sugar glider overweight but not the other

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