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Caring for Sugar Gliders

Have you been considering adopting a sugar glider? These little guys can make wonderful pets! Sugar gliders are not hard to care for, but they do have some specific needs. A Moorpark, CA vet discusses sugar glider care in this article.

Friends

Sugar gliders are very sociable. One glider will get sad and lonely with no friends to snuggle up with and play with. Therefore, we advise getting same-sex pairs. (Bonus: this means you get to experience twice the cuteness!) While your pint-sized pets will bond to each other, you also want them to enjoy being petted and held. Try putting them in a tiny tent, and then petting them through the opening. Talk to them gently, and offer toys and treats.

Cage

Sugar gliders love to climb, so you’ll want to pick a cage with vertical space. Choose one that is at least 2 feet wide by 3 feet high, with mesh or horizontal bars spaced no more than a half-inch apart.

Accessories

Your furry friends will need some furniture and accessories. You’ll need to provide a hide box, dishes, a water bottle, and nesting pouches. When you choose a substrate, look for a paper-based product. Avoid pine and cedar substrates, as they are toxic to small animals.

Diet

Making sure your adorable pets are getting proper nutrition is very important! Sugar gliders have some very specific dietary needs, so feeding your furry buddies will be a bit more complicated than popping open a can of food. You may need to make customized meals for the little guys. A good sugar glider diet will include lots of fruits and veggies, as well as certain vitamins and supplements. You’ll also need to make sure your tiny pals are getting enough calcium. Like any other pet, these cute furballs love snacks. You can offer mealworms, applesauce, yogurt drops, or fruit. Apple juice mixed with water is also fine. Ask your vet for more information, including serving sizes, safe and unsafe foods, and snacks.

Veterinary Care

Regular veterinary care is crucial to your little pals’ health! Follow your vet’s recommended appointment schedule. In between appointments, keep a close eye out for symptoms of illness. Some common ones are lethargy, diarrhea, constipation, and obesity. Ask your vet for specific advice.

Please contact us, your Moorpark, CA pet hospital, with any questions about your sugar gliders. We’re here to help!

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