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After intros go well....

May 3, 2019

 After intros go well....

I am a newbie (ish) and have been doing as much research as possible before i invite suggie bears into my home. This being said I understand many subjects (such as introducing gliders) come with more opinions than facts. Therefore i do not expect black or white answers. In your opinion whats the best procedure to fallow after an introduction goes well? Do you A. not separate then and allow them to now house together (that is if they continue to get along) or B. let them meet and then basically allow them play dates for an allotted time period daily for a week or so and then live together. The reasoning iv heard be hide plan A. is the the gliders can become depressed thinking that their only chance of friendship is being ripped away. Plan B. seems to be dated but i can see some logic in it, especially if your introducing more then two single gliders (since your only supposed to do intros one on one.) Following that thought how do you properly introducing an uneven number of gliders using the first method? Im aware i might be over complicating things but the concern is still real lol. Just to make it clear Im not skipping over the steps before meeting such as quarantine,vet visits, scent swapping,cage placement,ect, I simply just dont need any more advice on that matter. I know there other methods but most seem cruel (the pouch method that involves compressing both gliders and forcing them to meet,the wet method of soaking the glider making them loose natural instinct to be cautious of each other and instead cuddle for warmth), Im open to other methods if thought to be better.

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May 07 2019 : 09:26:21 PM
mimithatboi
Thank you Leela, your input in appreciated.

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May 04 2019 : 03:50:31 PM
Leela
For me, if an intro goes well I don't separate. They stay in that pouch and go into the same cage together, no matter how many gliders were involved in the intro. Once in the cage together they are monitored closely for a few weeks, they will live together in harmony or they won't and you can't always tell by the intro alone. Personally I don't only think separating after a good intro is cruel it also may cause MORE problems with getting the gliders together. One play date might go great the next might not. I just don't agree with "play dates" for any reason with gliders not just for the intro reasons but also medical reasons. An intro is an intro no matter how many gliders your introducing. Some only do one on one and others do multiple gliders at once, really it boils down to your experience and confidence with introductions. The biggest intro I've personally done was 2 trios and it was nuts lol it also wasn't a successful long term colony despite the intro going perfectly. My fav method is essentially letting the gliders introduce themselves. I wear 2 bonding bags with the gliders I want to introduce and I wear them both daily at the same time for a few weeks. Occasionally I leave on bonding bag open so the gliders will explore the other bonding bag with out interacting face to face so I can gauge their reactions. If there are no negative reactions, when I'm ready I leave both bags open and wait for one to go in the opposite bag usually if that goes well then I let the next one go in, if it doesn't go well I remove the glider that doesn't belong in that bag. For me it's as simple as that but I'm also pretty experienced with introductions and what to watch or listen for. I've never been a fan of the wet method just because its typically only used as a last resort and at that point I refuse to force gliders to be together if they don't want to be. They either get a long or they don't and you need to listen to them either way. The most used method is taking them in a neutral space usually a dry bath tub putting the pouches facing each other with treats in the middle and wait for them to come out and interact. You must be confident and calm if your not the gliders will sense your energy and be as anxious as you are. Have a clean fleece pouch handy once all the gliders are out remove the pouches in the tub and put the clean new one in there for them all to go in. You can also use one of the pouches as a glove to split up a pair fighting... if it goes well they all go in the new pouch and groom and scent each other n thats it, in the cage they go. Some people clean the cage to try to make it neutral but I've had less problems if I don't do that. Then watch and listen, if they get a long great if they don't then you need to separate the ones that don't before it escalates to the point of injuries or worse

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