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URGENT: Glider not eating anything solid
URGENT: Glider not eating anything solid
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Jul 20 2020
06:58:06 PM
I have a sugar glider that had some teeth issues and wasn't eating solid food. After a visit to the vet, she was eating her regular food again. However, I've noticed that her appetite is slowly declining and now she won't eat hardly anything at all.
The only thing I've seen her eat is some yogurt when I give it and after a week shes only eating that and leaving everything else.
I don't think it's her teeth because I've offered applesauce and baby food and she won't lick those at all.
Sometimes she barks in her sleeping pouch and I think it's because she's hungry but she won't eat anything I offer. Nothing. Not treats, not dry food, not any fruits or vegetables, just yogurt.
She's losing weight and I'm not sure what to do.


PS: It's possible that it's stress/loneliness because I have two gliders and I'm trying to get them to bond. They currently live in separate cages next to each other because my first glider is always aggressive toward the newer one. Both are girls.
My newer glider is 3 1/5 years old and my first glider is about to be 2. I don't know if my newer glider used to live with other gliders, I got her from a really sketchy dude who ghosted me after I took her home.

The one that's not eating is the newer glider however I've had her for a long enough time now, several months actually. I thought they would bond easily since my first glider was a single for a year but I was wrong. So if you have any tips for bonding that would be helpful, I've tried just about everything.
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Jul 21 2020
08:53:26 AM
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Just a few thoughts, keeping in mind that I'm no expert.
-bring her to the vet again to see if there's something else that's wrong
-is she peeing and pooping normal?
-check her hydration too
-about bonding, I do think sometimes two Gliders just aren't going to get along.
-my one glider got really stressed just being near the cage of the other gliders and I had to move her to a completely different room to help her
-maybe if you list a few things you've already done that would help with someone having a new idea
-Do you hold her during the day in a bonding pouch? That might help a little bit with her loneliness
Ok good luck.
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Jul 22 2020
12:14:35 PM
MiraC Starting Member 6 Posts
@Kferg Thank you for your reply!
I am planning on taking her to the vet if she does not improve within a week.
Her urine seems fairly normal, no strange smells. The amount she poops is less due to her not eating as much.
She sometimes chirps/hisses when she poops which made me think she's dehydrated so I offer her some apple and/or cranberry juice mixed with water in addition to checking her water and refreshing it often, but I don't know if she's drinking it.
I have put up a barrier between their cages so that they can no longer interact as much. I may move her to another room and restart the introduction process if that doesn't help.
I have tried switching toys between cages. I do "meeting times" where I rub their blankets on each other and let them sniff each other's tails. (The new glider often shivers in her pouch during these and my first glider will grab at the new glider's tail with a bark/crab sound and try to bite it and pull it to her which is usually where I stop the meetings since that's too aggressive) I also try to let them smell the other on me when I've pet/played with the other one. They weren't like this at first, my first glider used to only make a clicking sound of greeting to the new glider but my new one never responded or reacted to it.
I've heard that you should make sure to let the gliders bond before having them bond with you so I wasn't doing regular pouch time with the new glider. I do take her out of her cage from time to time though. I'll try getting her to bond with me by taking her out more often.
My new glider is really sweet and doesn't bite or act aggressive, she does tend to run away from being touched or held though. My first glider loves her pets but she will easily nip at your fingers when she doen't want to be held but it never breaks the skin.
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Jul 22 2020
03:31:19 PM
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I've read that a glider hissing when going to the bathroom means they are straining. My one glider wouldn't eat and constantly licked his cloaca. Turned out he was constipated. I would take her to the vet right away if it were me. Of course you have to make your own decisions.
How do you offer her water? Bottle? Silo? Dish?
I do 50/50 Gatorade when I think they're not drinking enough. And offer watermelon.
Do they have wheels in their cages?
I definitely recommend holding your girl in a bonding pouch as much as you can if she's lonely. I've never read anything about gliders bonding to each other before their human.
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Jul 22 2020
07:46:43 PM
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Also, do you swap their sleeping pouches?
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Jul 29 2020
05:03:01 PM
MiraC Starting Member 6 Posts
Kferg, I have tried swapping their sleeping pouches but the new glider tends to avoid it and sleeps on the floor of her cage (I think the sent is too strong for her) so I only swap their blankies now which are in their sleeping pouches.
I offer her water in both a bottle and a small dish.
I found that they won't drink the Gatorade water.

After some editing to her diet, and carrying her with me during the day some more, she has started eating regular food again and not just yogurt.
I think it must have been loneliness and now shes improving each day.
I'll update if anything changes.
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Jul 29 2020
07:28:44 PM
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Aww. All the best to you!
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