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Jul 6, 2018

 Complicated Introduction, Advice?

Posted by: mwlgliders
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Hello all, I'm new here- although I've visited a lot. I'm a suggie mom of 2, and now 3. Ive had my original 2, Maple & Willow, for close to 2 years now. They are both females and are bonded to my boyfriend and I. We love them dearly and spoil them lots! Maple is our dominant glider, but she is a sweetheart. Willow is super chill and easy going.
Maple is a forager, Willow is a athlete- loves her wheel lol!

A few months ago, my hairdressers told me that she had a close friend who is going through a lot of personal issues right now, and is looking to rehome her female glider, Luna. She has had Luna since she was 8 weeks old (from what I've heard, that is a bit early). Luna has been alone for her whole life since, and she is about 1 1/2 years old. I don't blame the her or think negatively about her for keeping Luna alone, as she was told that they do fine alone. However, she really did not have enough time to spend with her and she shortly after developed some health issues that caused even less time for her to bond with Luna. My boyfriend and I were very lucky to have had such a helpful/educated mentor when we first got Maple and Willow, but I know that is unfortunately not the case for everyone. So I do not cast judgements on Lunas previous owner, if anything I applaud her for taking Luna into consideration and realizing she could have a better life elsewhere. The owner did not spend more than 1 hour a day with her, and she left her alone on the weekends because she went out of town. So Luna was alone ALOT. She also told us that Luna would bark all night if she didn't leave a light on because she was "afraid of the dark". Which in my opinion, I knew that this was most likely because she did not want to be alone. Poor little thing.

When I first met Luna, she was crabby, overweight, and nippy. But we saw her living conditions and diet, and knew that we could provide a much better life for her. We waited a few weeks before we got her because we were in the middle of moving and wanted to have everything settled before she came to her new home. 3 short weeks later, we were all ready for her. We went and picked her up and when we brought her home we noticed major signs of over grooming above her eyes. So in that 3 short weeks, she had became even more unhappy and depressed. She also had dried up food between her nose, a place that no one could get unless she was in a colony. I also don't believe that she has ever had a nail trim. I do not think that she has ever had new toys either, so for her whole life she has been in the same cage (which thankfully is big) with the same boring few toys... all alone. Overall, I knew that we had our work cut out for us in many ways. Luna needs bonding, attention, a better diet, more exercise, more stimulation, social skills, etc.

I just hope that Maple & Willow eventually accept her into their colony.

We did a lot of pouch swapping, let them see each other through the cages (which Luna was Oh SO interested!!), and tub time, and eventually they all were snuggling into the same pouch. Maple & Willow were both grooming Luna (probably thinking.. WOW she is dirty!! lol) ALL was well!!!!

...WAS!

Maybe it was too soon, but we let Luna into Maple & Willows cage and thats were things started going downhill. We put multiple food dishes in, multiple pouches, etc. Maple and Willow didn't mind her eating at all, or playing with any toys, they were both ok with it. At one point, they all 3 were even on a wheel together. But I was watching Maple and she was scent marking all over, which wasn't too surprising since Maple is our dominant one. But then, Luna tried getting onto Maples back, and Maple didn't seem to like that. Willow didn't like it either when Luna was trying to get on her, but she didn't cause too much of a scene. But Luna KEPT trying with Maple. They started scuffling a bit and making noise. They weren't balled up, but I would clap and they would stop. I just didn't want anyone getting hurt. I haven't been able to find much info about this so hopefully I will get some insight. Eventually, it was happening so much that I figured we should separate them again because it was getting late and I had to be up at 5 AM. So I did, but I still put their cages close enough where they can see each other.

So we gave them space, and overall, Luna is still doing better and her hair is growing back from the previous over grooming. Her fur looks so much better, she is becoming more social, and she is getting lots of exercise and stimulation with her new toys.
This morning we decided to try some tub time, with no pouches around, and I was yet again saddened. Maple went straight towards Luna and bit her! Again and again, as Luna just went to hide. Willow was fine and accepting, but not Maple!

This is so frustrating for me because at first they were accepting her, letting her into their pouch, cuddling, and grooming her. But now Maple is being rude!! It sucks. It is discouraging. But I know that this could be a long process, so I don't want to stop trying. We put them back into their cages, but swapped pouches again to hopefully help out.

Does anyone have any advice or suggestions? Similar situations? Anything Motivational to help me not be too sad?! I really thought it was going well, but I feel like we've taken a few steps backwards. Luna needs a colony and I feel like we were getting so close. What do you think?

Jul 3, 2018

 I've had enough.

Posted by: Rellie17
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I have a male and female sugar glider. The male is 2 and the female is 1.5. I had the male first obviously and be was very quiet, didnt make alot of noise just all around a good little guy. Then I bring the girl into the picture and at first she was kinda crazy running around and what not. Finally she calmed down and they are now bonded. However, EVERY night she barks for 2 or more hours and I have had it. I almost want to find her a new home, it messes with my sleep. I've had to put her into a differnt cage to get any amount of sleep at all. Its non stop.
Jun 30, 2018

 Sugar Glider is weak

Posted by: krmluvsaba
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Hey guys Im new here. My sugar glider is around 5-6 years old. Shes barely eating but maybe a bite of food then she doesnt want anymore. Shes also weak and can barely climb up her cage to get in her pouch and shes not as active for the past 2 weeks.
I took her to the vet yesterday and overall shes healthy and no signs of anything wrong. All tests came back clear. So what could be wrong? The vet said the diet I have her on is great. But he did give me a list of stuff to mix up and freeze for her.

Any suggestions on what could be wrong? Or what I could do to help her.
She eats fruit such as bananas, strawberries, other berries. meat chicken unseasoned, she eats boiled eggs and her normal pellet food and has a booster too. Thanks in advanced .
Jun 29, 2018

 Does my glider like me?

Posted by: Axlbabyglider
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Hi guys first off I just wanted to say that this site is an absolute lifesaver especially because I'm from South Africa where sugar gliders aren't super popular as pets yet! I just wanted to give a bit of background on my situation and if anyone would like to give me their opinion that would be great! So I have had Axl for about a month and a half and he's two years old. At the moment I can hold him in my hand and he's pretty chilled and spends most of his time sleeping on my shoulder in my jersey and goes everywhere with me :) with regards to crabbing he has probably only done it about 5 times and they have all been when my other pets have come too close. He does however nip me often but then releases straight away and it's not sore or anything but was just wondering if that's him being friendly or something else?

Jun 29, 2018

 Ideas on veggies sugar gliders cannot resist

Posted by: Axlbabyglider
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Does anyone have any ideas of what vegetables the majority of sugar gliders cannot resist? I have had my sugarbaby Axl for about a month and a half and he eats the veggies when they have been blended in with his food (I feed HPW diet) however the only veggie he eats one it's own is cucumber. Is that alright? Or any suggestions? Thanks I'm very new to this :)

Jun 27, 2018

 Diet? Critter Love? Original? Complete? Instant? BML?

Posted by: Anl205
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What is the difference between the critter love original, complete and instant? Why would one chose one of those over the BML? Where can you buy each of these?
Jun 11, 2018

 Selling joeys

Posted by: gogogo202
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My two joeys are getting to the age to be sold but the thing is we don't know how to sell them in the area . So it could be nice if people could comment some ways to sell them please and thank you!
Jun 3, 2018

 Sugar glider Diet

Posted by: Bandits mother
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Hello! I have a suggie and am wondering can I give my little boy Organic Wasabi Seaweed snacks. It's 25 calories per a serving but I am only planing on giving him a small corner so it would be much less.

Jun 3, 2018

 Not Bonding?

Posted by: KailahK
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I have two sugar gliders;
One neutered male I've had for about 2 years now, and one not neutered male I got after the other boy's cage mate passed away.

My issue right now is that they're not bonding to eachother.

They're actually fine with eachother when their cages are side by side (about 3 inches of space in between). They don't get noisy, aggressive or anything. In fact they act super curious and interested in what the other is doing.

The two times I attempted a face to face introduction in the clean bathtub everything went well until the younger boy (not neutered) got a bit too clingy on my other boy's back and he crabbed him away after that. The next time I introduced it ended up the same way, except now my eldest will sometimes run up and pull his tail!

I got a little scared after seeing that and haven't attempted another introduction. I'm ready to buy another large cage if I absolutely can't get them to love eachother, but I'd like to avoid that if at all possible.

Does anyone have any suggestions or tips for me?

(Ps. They're bonded to me just fine)
May 31, 2018

 Is she pregnant?

Posted by: NebulasDad
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So I've noticed two little lumps in Novas pouch recently, but I can't really tell if they're joeys or not,any help would be appreciated. For some reason the picture of her won't upload so if you think you could identify the little lumps please email me at jasperzayn2@gmail.com, thank you!
May 31, 2018

 Is she pregnant?

Posted by: NebulasDad
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So I've noticed two little lumps in Novas pouch recently, but I can't really tell if they're joeys or not,any help would be appreciated. For some reason the picture of her won't upload so if you think you could identify the little lumps please email me at jasperzayn2@gmail.com, thank you!
May 28, 2018

 Picked Up My 3rd Glider Today

Posted by: Scoria
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I picked up my 3rd glider today. He was on a pelleted diet and a bit worse for wear with balding on his tail from overgrooming and a bit on his face as well. He appears to move fine with no signs of HLP and is a very sweet boy. He's getting neutered in a few weeks.
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