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Overgrooming?
Overgrooming?
Joeys, birth, parenthood
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Apr 20 2019
10:47:26 PM
Hi everyone!
I'm close to adopting two male sugar gliders (both will be nuetuered) very soon. I get regular updates and it appears one males eye is a little "swollen"? I'm not sure what word to use but the eye isn't open fully. A small amount of fur is missing as well. Its been about a month and its slightly improved. The person tells me it's because the mother is agitated and overgrooming them. Is this normal?
I know things happen and they have their own way. Just wanted to learn more about this, thank you! (:
Joeys, birth, parenthood
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Apr 22 2019
12:09:44 PM
SillySuggies Joey 19 Posts
where is the patch at? if it is on top of his head that is completely normal for unneutered males to have. as for the overgrooming, if the unneutered males are together, they can get territorial and perhaps hurt each other. hope i helped =)
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Apr 22 2019
06:53:52 PM
Glidersug Starting Member 3 Posts
Thank you for the reply!
They are joeys and about 9 weeks. The breeder says it's from the mother because they were to rough with nursing
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Apr 23 2019
10:29:45 AM
Leela Goofy Gorillatoes Gliderpedia Editor Visit Leela's Photo Album Leela's Journal 2919 Posts
it's not "abnormal" for the mom AND dad to over groom a joey there are probably a few reasons this can happen.

However, the eye not being open at 9 weeks oop IS abnormal which maybe why they are focusing their grooming on that area. Both eyes are typically all the way open at 10 days out of pouch, so perhaps the joey has an issue with it's eye and the breeder should take it to the vet to see if something is wrong.

Edited by - Leela on Apr 23 2019 10:30:35 AM
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