Drawbacks Of Owning A Sugar Glider

You might be surprised that of all glider related topics, this is the one I am posting first. I made sure to post this first for the purpose of enlightening everyone especially those impulsive decision makers to discourage them from buying gliders without proper information. As I've said in the "About us" section, I don't want to see pets being neglected after their owners had already overcome their impulsiveness and cuteness overloads. Some owner adopted pets just because they thought that the animal was funny and cute and cuddly without really getting to know what it is. But once the owner get the total hang of having these animals, once they had had enough of them, then the ideas of rehoming, neglecting, abusing them enters into the picture. And this is what I'm afraid of, thinking of all those rescued animals endlessly searching for good forever homes.

Anyway, enough with the drama and let's get moving on. Below are a summary of reasons why one shouldn't get a glider:

1. A sugar glider's diet consists of loads of live bugs such as waxworms, mealworms, superworms, crickets and the likes so if you're squeamish then these pets are ain't for you.

2. Costly. A lone classic gray sugar glider can cost you around 150-200 U$ or more if you want them in various colors. After spending a lot of money on the adoption, your pocket should be preapared to spend a lot more bucks for the cage, toys, good diet and vet funds.

3. Complicated diet. Sugar gliders are wild animals and therefore, needs a special kind of diet. They wouldn't survive on pellets or plain catfood as some would like to think. Their diet must comprise of all the food groups in the food pyramind while keeping in mind the 2:1 Calcium to phosphorous ratio. And when that's already sorted out, you have to keep eye on those veggies or fruits which are high in oxalates because they are a No-No to our little pets.

4. Cage. Opposite to what the others are thinking, gliders are not hamsters or gerbils that can just be housed in cramped cages. Remember that a glider's natural habitat is gliding along the tree tops, thus, it would be unfair to the animal to house it in a 1 x 1 x 1 cage or even 3 x 3 x 3 cage. The bigger and the taller, the better. Obviously, you don't only worry about the cash but also the space as well.

5. Smell. Glider's are scent driven animals. They will mark everything in their territory through urinating. So it is expected that in just a couple of days, the cage will be smelly and messy.

6.Sounds. Sugar gliders, I think, have the most colorful way of communication. They can bark, hiss, crab, chirp, chatter, etc. Worse, they can do this all night long when you're sound asleep and thought that you're going to get a good night's sleep.

7. Messy. The gliders are just a perfect example of children who don't have any sense of the world around them. They will defecate everywhere and anywhere. When you deicde to be an owner of one, it also means that you are signing up to become their living toilet for life. As if they're not contented with that, they will throw their food in wherever they want it to land including your face.

8. Reproduction. In the wild, Gliders will only give birth once a year due to a lot of factors such as access to food, weather conditions and the likes. But in captivity, due to the consistent amount of food supply, controlled temperature and better living conditions, they can give birth to four times a year if left uncontrolled. Just imagine your household full of gliders, each seeking for your attention and love, can you dare live with it? Wouldn't it break your heart should you decide to rehome one of them?

9.Biting. Though for once, I have never bitten by one of my babies, I can still tell you that they really do bite. Gliders are wild animals and biting is one of their defense mechanisms. Remember that their bites can be as nasty as it could get since they've survived the outback by feeding on peeling off tree barks to get the sap.

10. Longevity. Though small in size, it is just a wonder how long these animals live. Gliders, if taken care properly, can live up to 15 years. The commitment and dedication from the owner shouldn't be a joke since it is the animal's life that will be at stake.

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