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Aug 5, 2015

 Nail Trimming!

Posted by: Trobairitz
I tried to trim Ginny's nails for the first time today, and it went remarkably well! She was asleep tucked in fleece in my sports bra.

(I've been trying to gradually bra train her by putting her pouch food--grape halves, chunk of apple, etc--in my bra along with a piece of fleece, putting her in my shirt still in her sleeping pouch, and sneakily removing her sleeping pouch after she climbs out of it to investigate the fruit. ;) )

Anyway, it was 6 or 7 at night and she was fast asleep (still working on getting her sleep schedule a little more normal) tucked into the fleece with one hind foot poking out, and I figured "Now's my chance!"

I grabbed my cuticle trimmers, nail file, and styptic pencil, and I got to work. If I didn't get a clean trim on the first try, or if I used the file in a way that made her uncomfortable, or if I was holding her foot in a position she didn't like, she would jerk her paw back into the pouch. But when I gently brought it out again, giving her a little paw massage, she didn't protest (or even wake up) so I was able to get back to work.

I actually managed to trim (and file the rough edges) all of her nails! There was no cutting of the quick or bleeding or any other accidents. And in total, it took only 10-20 minutes, max.

She could still clamber and grab onto everything in her tent during tent time, too, so her shorter nails didn't cause her any trouble.

So glad this went so well!

Jul 31, 2015


Posted by: pikachoo and sqirrel
Ok so my last post I really need some answers!!! First off : how do us tell ur sugar gliders are bonded to you?#??! Second : I've had my boys for a little over 2 and a half weeks last night I decided to stay up all night to discover their sleep routine. I found that it seemed quite irregular to me... they finally wake up at about 1 am and then go back to sleep anywhere between 7-8... is this normal... I take them out a lot during the day. Could this be why they only play at night for that short of time??!?! Third : I made them a nesting box and one will go in but the other is absolutely terrified to go in so pikachu won't stay in there long without squirrel.... also please look on my other post/journal entry I have a lot more questions in there that desperately need to be answered!! One more thing how to u add pics to a journal entry?
Thanks in advanced
Jul 30, 2015

 Sugar glider shaking and scared

Posted by: Yodogdrew
My sugar glider is shaking uncontrollably and is scared of every slight movement that I make and doesn't want to come to me, he just runs all around his cage. this is very strange because I have had him for about 5 months and he has never acted like this. It seems like he is very scared :(
Jul 27, 2015

 I need some help!!#

Posted by: pikachoo and sqirrel
I need some help I am a new sugar glider mommy of 2 unneutured males. I got them July 14 off bokoo after a month of researching. Their names are pikachu and squirrel... I have bonded to them but our bond could use some work!! And I have a lot of questions so please feel free to reply!!** warning this will be a very long post**

My cage is pretty large. I am five foot and the cage without its stand from the floor up is up to my hips.... there is a removable tray at the bottom that I empty and wash down 1-2 times a week. My cage did not come with and level shelves though.... Is my cage ok??

When I first got my boys they came with a cage and some food and 2 safe toys everything else in there was not glider safe so I took it out...I ordered a bonding pouch, 15 pc cage set off Amazon( 2 cage pouches, 1 vine, 1 hide and seek pouch, 4 corner shelves, 2 square hammocks, 1 bridge, 5 pieces of fleece) I set it up well, I think. In addition to that I ordered a pop n play ball pit, a forage n play bird ladder, coconut hideaway, 50 bird clips.. I also made another vine out of safe cloth and made a nest box out of an old shoe box and hung it up high...but they chew holes in it is this normal??? I also but a rubber duck in there filled with sunflower seeds in there and they have a wheel..
Both my gliders seem healthy with fluffy tails .. pikachu is even fat!! And squirrels tail has finally fluffed out when before we got him it was not.... anyways... I have a water bottle in there for them as wheel as a shallow dish of water in the opposite side of the cage. I have a 2 types of pellet foods in different trays( vitasmart in a food bowl on the ground and the other one the came with in a different tray up high ) I sprinkle calcium, dried meal worms, and occasionally baby banana cereal over the pellets. I also have another tray filled with a couple of live mealworms(on the ground) and every night I cut up fresh fruits and vegetables into another tray with some sunflower seeds a gallop of yogurt and some glide a mins sprinkled over top... am I missing something?!??!?!

I take both my gliders out for bathroom time at least twice a day for at least 30 min each time . Pikachu and squirrel now really would just rather chill out on me now. But squirrel is still a bit skiddish. And every time pikachu wants into my shirt let him and he almost always ends up biting my tummy #128557; there have only been a few times when he hasn't ... so these past couple of days I haven't been letting him or squirrel into my shirt ( only good and sometimes pockets)......
Alright I think that's covered most of it.... thanks in advanced and please help me out as I am very new at this and have had to get all my info so far off the internet..... and no there are no vets for sugar gliders in my area so hopefully there won't be any problems... once again thank you..


Jul 26, 2015

 Suggie isnt active at night

Posted by: Kayla.barrett
My sugar glider won't play at night. Around 930 or 10 He usually wakes up and after a potty trip I take him to his room to let him run around and play, for about 10 minutes hell run around jumping on me, his toys exploring the whole room. Then he stops. After the initial 10 minutes he usually ends up just laying on my shoulder in my shirt or just chills on my arm. Won't play with his toys any more or anything. I tried enticing him with treats but he generally is lazier and won't go after them unless they are close by him. He's always been pretty mello. But I get worried that he just doesn't play much. He'll play some in his cage but it's the same, in small incriments then goes back in his pouch to just relax, doesn't sleep. Just lays down. I've seen a lot of things saying nothing's wrong, he's just kind of a lazy calm sugar glider, but the more opinions the better.
Jul 25, 2015

 new babies

Posted by: melsgliders
I purchased my first gliders three weeks ago. Mom, Luna, dad Luca and baby Loki.
I was told they're three years old, the male is neutered. Their fur looks healthy, no yellow tint or cracking. I am worried that one is a little over weight. I'm being careful to limit the mealworms to about two per day, hoping they will eat more of their fruits and veggies. Are there any low calorie diets available? I'm also very minimal with the yogurt drops.
I had a problem the other day with Luna being aggressive over the mealworms. I'm trying freeze dried crickets instead since they're larger and while she's working on hers, I can give the other two their's.
Any suggestions would be appreciated. Did I mention they're the cutest little guys ever??
Jul 23, 2015

 New momma

Posted by: Kayla.barrett
I just got my little baby. His names Floyd(: I have scratches all up and down my arms from him, I tried cutting his nails but it didn't help much, his nails are still insanely sharp. Any advice?
Jul 22, 2015

 introducing my gliders

Posted by: emily37
So after about a month of my two sugar gliders getting used to each other's scent ( nuetered male and young female) I've inteoduced them for the third time. The first two times they fought. This time they're curious and gentle with each other! But they keep trying to get on each other's backs and they look like they're maybe trying to clean each other's hair as well? What does this mean.
Jul 18, 2015

 A vet finally

Posted by: JMarie
Took Stuart and Sugar to the vet today at Chadwell Animal Hospital for a well checkup and nails trimmed. Everything so far checked out great just waiting for the results of the fecal test. They said I should hear from them Monday or Tuesday. I was shocked with how good Sugar was. I usually call her my crab pot cause she always has attitude. Today she only fussed when the vet took her out of the pouch but quickly calmed down and let the vet do what was needed. Stuart was a little meanie and tried to bit the vet and didn't want her to check his heart beat but she was able to manage and get it done without to much of a fight. I really enjoyed this visit with a vet. I have a good vet for my dog but they don't see gliders. The vet I originally was taking the gliders had me change my mind on them cause they didn't seem like they knew what they was doing and there was no proper communication. This vet office had great communication with me and even took their time. I was very pleased with the front desk and vet. Haha and any vet office that can handle a two year old that is full of energy on top of it without glares is awesome. My son loves animals but gets really hyper and has to check every single one out when they come through the door. I love that both my kids love animals and that my oldest (13 years old) is so great with them (he helped a deaf dog learn new ways of communication). I just am still trying to teach my 2 year old not to run up on any animal small or big. I really am so glad that I am able to teach my children right and wrong with animals and when others can join in with ones I don't have. I thought it was cool at the vets to cause I actually got to see a real big possum for the first time. Anyway I am sitting here rambling on and completely went off topic lol. I do have a habit of that.
So I am now going to deal with Chadwell Animal Hospital with Sugar and Stuart. The wait time was not long and the people were great.
Jul 14, 2015

 New sugar glider hates me and old sugar glider

Posted by: emily37
I have a few problems with my new glider Stellar/ I've had my sugar glider Ollie for about 3 months and we're great together. He's very nice and social, he's been nuetered 2 months ago and about 3 weeks ago I got another sugar glider Stellar, a female who I got from a breeder when she was ready to go. I've been switching their pouches between cages every night and carrying them both during the day when I can. I take her out almost every night to try to get her used to me but she wants nothing to do with me. She crabs and lunges at me and Ollie. She doesn't like it when I take her out at night and she tries her best to hide from me and when I get her on me she jumps off almost immediately. I tried to introduce Ollie and Stellar and they both don't like each other even after switching pouches a lot and having close cages. They balled up and tried to fight. I Separated them but I put in a secure metal mesh down the middle of the larger cage to split it in two and they're both separated but in the same cage, hoping they'll see nothing bad happens with the other one being near. They don't crab at night but they do aggressively chase and run. How do I get Stellar to stop disliking us and why is Ollie being aggressive towards her when he's never aggressive usually?!
Jul 14, 2015

 Just for Tips

Posted by: SeductiveTiger
Hey guys i know this isn't prolly the most efficient place to put this but idk it may still help. I currently own a small but fun family of pets including 2 dogs(Alaskan malamute, a blonde pug), a hedgehog (not even lying to you he's albino *email me if you want proof) and my new sugar glider nemo :)! I just want to post that in almost every post or forum i read about proper diets its all incredibly complex and possibly expensive. To all the people out their that may read this i just want to state i have 4 happy happy healthy animals and i feed them a simple diet everyday and it dosent cost much and is very good for them. Obviously since this is a sugar glider website what im really trying to point out is what I feed my sugar glider. I don't feed her any special hpv diet or nectar or any of that sort. But I do feed her what she needs and what she's happy and willing to eat. After all I'd rather have a hyper, active, and happy sugar glider than a super super not necessary healthy one. With that Said im not feeding her potato chips and soda, but I believe it will lead her a happy prosperous life and you guys are welcome to try it or criticize it and let me know just how bad or good it is for her.

(I mix this in a blender on food chop than bag it up in 7 ziplock bags 1 for each day and put it in the FREEZER not fridge it'll spoil, then every day put one bag in the fridge so it has time to thaw but stay fresh :) then feed it to your sugar glider when dinner comes around)

1 packet of sugar free maple and brown sugar oatmeal

1 table spoon of water to soften up the oatmeal (it'll make them constipated if you don't)

1 whole fresh apple with peel still on (remove stem)

12-15 Gerber peach yogurt melts

1 cube of infant Gerber sweet potato baby food (should come in packs of 2, and rectangular shape)

1 cup of del monte diced peaches (del monte is the brand, they should come in normal fruit cup style packages)

10 white chocolate chips / morsels (for some protein)

Blend until liquid like but not too run. Some apple peel bits and white chocolate chip bits should be visible. If they are you've done it right :) it actually tastes great too. Try a little bit i promise you won't regret it.
That's the main diet

Sounds like alot but its really not and it lasts a week! Around 10 dollars a month


I put a small plate in and put a 3-4 pieces of cat food ( i know its not recommended but its not enough to hurt them, they love the taste, and has ALOT of protein) some white chocolate chips around 5 and 5 peach yogurt melts :)

I know its not ideal to feed them anything other than their natural food, but she really loves it, it makes her happy, and shes been really healthy so far. Please tell me what you think and maybe i might've helped one of those confused sugar glider diet seekers.
Thank you for letting me write and please respond or message me with complements and/or concerns.
Jul 7, 2015

 Update on vet

Posted by: JMarie
Called around to a few vets and now have an appointment for chadwell animal hospital on July 18th since that's the earliest they can get them in on a Saturday. Already over the phone I am liking them better than where I have been going. I am happy to have an actual appointment cause I know I won't have to sit through 20 or more other animals being seen before I do due to walk in. I hate that about the vet I was seeing is that they don't do appointments on weekends and evenings. All I want is a vet who knows what they are doing and is capable to take time to talk about an animals welfare. Especially when it is the sugar gliders and I am still learning about them.
That's why I enjoy this site so much cause the questions I would have never thought to ask someone else does and I can learn something new. Just like I already learned that I would not ever breed my little girl. I had a friend ask to breed with her guy multiple times and I keep saying no and trying to tell her that it's not a good idea. Which taught me some people just don't know what they are doing even though they have a license through the state to breed. Without learning about this site I would probably be as blind as her when caring for sugar gliders. I even had a friend that had one and don't believe they need a friend or follow a special diet. So having communication with others who lived through ups and downs and actually learn from mistakes is helpful. And I hope the vet I see on the 18th will be just as helpful as the people on this site is. I want to learn as much as I can and hope that they live long happy lives.
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