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Can they have roasted nuts
Can they have roasted nuts
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May 17 2017
03:17:54 AM
Can a sugar glider have roasted nuts?
Also what kind of nuts can they have?
I know that nuts are fattening but some of my gliders could use some more weight.
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May 17 2017
09:19:31 AM
Leela Goofy Gorillatoes Gliderpedia Editor Visit Leela's Photo Album Leela's Journal 2299 Posts
No, I don't even recommend nuts or seeds for a very occasional treat, despite how much my gliders loved pine nuts.

The fat content is very high, and can hinder internal organs and leave fatty deposits on the organs and eyes causing vision issues. But it's not just about the fat content.

The bigger issue is gliders teeth are designed for compression not grinding. Gliders have 42 teeth all designed to compress food to get the juices out much like a juicer for humans. The juicer squeezes out the soluble digestible juices and leaves the pulp and insoluble fiber to dispose. Gliders eat much the same way, they squeeze all the good and spit out the insoluble fiber they can't digest.

Gliders teeth can't break nuts down enough, so they ingest particles that they can't digest, which can and does cause intestinal blockage and or compaction ( Unable to poop so it all builds up inside the glider ) Neither is easy to treat and it's nothing short of heartbreaking to watch a glider suffer like this.

I used to feed my gliders pine nuts all the time until I started working with Bourbon helping people with medical issues and watched several suffer through this. It's one of the most helpless feelings to try to get enough fluids into a unwilling glider ( unwilling because it's usually already bloated and constipated ) to tryyyyy to get the glider to be able to poop even a little bit to relieve some of the pain. It's not easy on the owner, the glider or us helping them.

We have lost more gliders to these two issues than we've saved, because it's usually so severe before the owner realizes something is wrong and reaches out for help.

It's sad and completely unnecessary.

Intestinal blockages and compaction can also happen from feeding gliders fruit and veg slushies and slurries. Putting fruit and veg in the blender and liquefying it forces gliders to eat insoluble fiber that they would normally spit out when given normal chopped fruits n veg. Some things like the skin of a pea they don't even chew and spit out the make a hole in the skin and only eat the tender middle leaving the skin of the pea intact, same with kernels of corn.

There are mannnnnnnny other treat options for gliders that don't cause these kinds of issues, put the nuts n seeds out for the squirrels


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May 17 2017
03:27:02 PM
Just2sweet Starting Member 7 Posts
So if you had a glider that needs to gain weight, what would you use?
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May 17 2017
03:35:03 PM
Leela Goofy Gorillatoes Gliderpedia Editor Visit Leela's Photo Album Leela's Journal 2299 Posts
First I'd ask a few questions

1 how old is the glider

2 how much does it actually weigh

3 what diet are you currently feeding

4 why you feel the glider is underweight

5 has the glider been ill

Edited by - Leela on May 17 2017 03:35:54 PM
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May 17 2017
03:37:51 PM
TXWolf Joey Visit TXWolf's Photo Album 39 Posts
It sounds like you are looking for "glider crack"


1 small can white chunk chicken (drained & rinsed well)
1/2 an avocado
1 scrambled egg
1/2 tsp Rep-cal
Water

Put all in the food processor or blender & add water until its a paste consistency.

You can add about 1 tsp of this to a glider's regular dinner to help them gain weight but it should not be used to replace a good balanced diet.
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May 17 2017
03:56:15 PM
Leela Goofy Gorillatoes Gliderpedia Editor Visit Leela's Photo Album Leela's Journal 2299 Posts
Glider Crack shouldn't be the go to for gaining weight. It was specifically made for a glider who was ill and terminal and wouldn't eat anything else.

I don't know why it's become such a trend to suggest this for healthy gliders, even the creator of Glider Crack feels it's overly suggested.

The thing is, gliders weights vary, and we need to ask questions to even know if there is an actual issue with a gliders weight and that they are being fed a sound diet before jumping to glider crack.

I mean do you know how old the glider is ? this glider may be a 4 month old glider that weights 55 grams and the owner may feel it needs to gain weight. When in truth it's an average weight for a glider at that age and the glider is still growing, maturing, and filling out and will continue to fluctuate in weight until the glider hits it's "normal" adult weight. Her gliders weight might be right where it should be, but without asking we don't know that.

I'm not being snarky by any means, it's just that Glider Crack is not nor was it ever meant to be a go to for a healthy glider. It's not even a go to for some ill gliders, in fact I have one here that the vet, Bourbon and the creator of Glider Crack all said it could do more harm than good.

She is under weight for her age, and body frame who was also ill, lost 25 grams in 2 weeks and has never gained all 25 grams back ( she's about 67-70 grams right now and 3 yrs old ( original weight about 75-78) I have a 5 month old joey that weighs more than Amy does.

Glider Crack is incredibly high in fat which may cause Amy's organs more unnecessary damage and more health issues than it would fix. She gets fed a good consistent nutritious diet, oh extra's , no high in fat foods, no tripling treats , giving more mealies or anything else. The weight she did gain back was gradual, it's healthier to gain weigh gradually rather than quickly.


Edited by - Leela on May 17 2017 03:56:52 PM
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May 17 2017
04:51:33 PM
Just2sweet Starting Member 7 Posts
Male 7 months 74 grams
Male 2 years 84 grams
Female 2 years 90 grams

I thought that the males could use some more weight from what some people are saying.

They are on the tpg diet.
They are not ill.

Do you think it would be okey to give them some avocado once in awhile in small amounts?
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May 17 2017
05:50:46 PM
Leela Goofy Gorillatoes Gliderpedia Editor Visit Leela's Photo Album Leela's Journal 2299 Posts
There is nothing wrong with those weights at those ages. Yes avacodo can be given as treats now n then, I feed it to mine about once a month maybe.

I have 11 gliders in my house right now 10 are mine 1 one is a medical foster.

Cozig 5 month about about 75-80 grams good weight for this glider
Amy 3 yr ol 68 grams ish not a good weight for this glider
Nicky 3 yr ol 200 grams not a good weight for this glider
Simon 7 yr ol 164 grams ( he is not overweight) good weight for this glider

Cage two
Lemmy 4 yr ol 130-140 grams good weight for this glider
Leela 3 yr ol 89 grams or so good weight for this glider
Pico 2 yr old 85 grams she's dropped a few grams but still not
an unhealthy weight for her

Cage three
Danzig 1.5 yrs old 80-85 grams good weights for the whole cage
Cocoa 3 yrs old 80-85 grams
Joey still nursing prolly about 30 grams I didn't weigh him today

Cage four Good weight for him
Hansel-mature adult age unknown 165-170 grams

Weights vary, just like with humans, the body type, body size, weight all that varies.

So you can have one glider that is say 3 yrs old and weighs 85 grams , and another glider same age, different body type weighs 95 grams. 85 grams for the first glider is a very healthy weight for his body type. 95 gram glider looks and feels underweight despite being heavier than the 85 gram glider. The 95 gram glider should be in the 120 gram weight range....if the weight loss was gradual,and explainable I wouldn't worry, but if it was a drastic unexplainable weight loss like a matter of weeks or days I would go see a vet. But see how just looking at 2 gliders are so very different and what might be an ideal weight for one glider may not be for another.

If the glider feels healthy, not bony or skinny, there is no need to stress about them gaining weight.

The danger weight zone for an adult glider is 50-60 grams. Even for a small framed adult glider this is the scary zone. This is when they will either live or die and that line is very very thin.

It's heart wrenching to see an adult glider in the 50 gram weight zone smaller than some 12 week oop joeys ready to go to their new home. It can bring even the most hardened human to tears trust me.

Personally, I'd say keep feeding your normal diet consistently, avocado is fine in moderation. Start a weight journal. Weigh the gliders once a week, same time of day every time I usually weight at 2 pm BEFORE snacks. Plenty of time for their food from the last feeding off the plate to digest so you get a more accurate consistent weight chart. After a while you will see who is fluctuating and who is staying constant. A few grams up or down is nothing to worry about. If you weigh yourself 4 times today it will probably fluctuate too Anyway you will see what their "normal" is which will make it easier to tell if they don't look like their "normal" and may need vet care.

If YOU still feel your glider is underweight, look at everything, is there food aggression, is he/she acting different, do you think it needs to go to the vet, etc.. fecal test the glider to make sure it's not a parasite issue .......

One last thing about the Glider Crack, if a glider truly needs glider crack and is indeed underweight, rapid weight gain can mask a potential medical issue letting it go undetected longer. Don't fix and hide the symptoms, address the actual cause, then there is no need for glider crack.






Edited by - Leela on May 17 2017 06:06:45 PM
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May 17 2017
06:51:23 PM
Just2sweet Starting Member 7 Posts
Thanks for the info.

I would like to deworm them. What would you recommend?
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May 17 2017
08:08:58 PM
Leela Goofy Gorillatoes Gliderpedia Editor Visit Leela's Photo Album Leela's Journal 2299 Posts
Gliders don't get worm meds liked puppies or kittens. Gliders get antiparasidic medication if they test positive for parasites on a fecal test the vet performs. We don't preventative treat from them.


Edited by - Leela on May 17 2017 08:10:03 PM
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