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Introducing 6 year old lone male to others
Introducing 6 year old lone male to others
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Nov 13 2017
02:31:43 PM
I have a 6 year old male (neutered) sugar glider named Rico who has always been alone, apart from when he was very young. I got him when I was 16 years old from the mall, uneducated, and immature. Due to the fact that I believed everything the "experts" at the mall told me, I thought little Rico would be just fine the way they told me to care for him... This summer I was home from college visiting my family (who were the ones feeding, and cleaning Rico's cage), and I decided I wanted to give Rico an upgrade. In doing a search for some new toys, I came across this website. I saw so much information about how to give sugar gliders the best care possible, and was saddened that we had been doing Rico so wrong. I immediately decided to make it my mission to make things right for him. He got a large new cage, stealth wheel, safe toys/bedding, and I've started the pet glider diet with him which he LOVES. Rico is a very timid glider, but loves to come out on my hands for treats and honey. He is not bonded to me and I'm not sure if he ever will be, but I am doing what I can to get him there. Anyways, I'm aware the biggest no-no was that we got Rico without a cage mate because we believed what we were told, and were't responsible enough to do our own research. Although Rico has never self-harmed, I struggle every day at the fact that he has been alone this long, and would love to change that.

I am aware of the standard introduction process for gliders, but I suppose I'm in need of advice on what to do. I'd like to know if anyone has insight on the likely-hood Rico will get along with other gliders? I've been searching for possible cage mates for him, and would hate to bring some home only to have to re-home them if Rico is not going to take to cage mates. I'd also like to know if anyone has insight as to whether or not age matters here? It's hard to find gliders for adoption that aren't under about 1 year old, and I am not sure if a glider/gliders being so much younger than him would matter.

I am open to any advice/suggestions anyone has!
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Nov 13 2017
06:13:18 PM
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Welcome!

First, it's very hard to tell how an individual glider will take to other gliders at any age or circumstance. However,mi personally have successesfuly introduced a lone male to a pair of females. The male had already been neutered, he was 4 yrs old, and had lost a cagemate. I'm not sure how long they were together, but couldn't have been too long. His mom before me told me that she got him from someone who rescued him and it was hard finding a glider he'd get along with. She finally found success with an older female, but then eventually she past. I do not know how long he'd been alone throughout his life, or even for sure how many homes he had, I know at least I provided his 4th.

Anyway, what I'm saying is it's possible, he may love having glider cage mates, but there is never a garauntee, it's something we have to take chances with, and figure it out.

Good luck! Oh, and don't beat yourself up, you're doing good now, and evidently, if you've had him as long as 6 yrs, you couldn't have done too badly.
Introducing 6 year old lone male to others

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Introducing 6 year old lone male to others