DOGS AND CATS CANNOT BE VEGETARIANS!! OCCASIONAL pieces of vegetable are ok, but not all the time
BUT NOT FOR CATS. CATS ARE STRICTLY CARNIVORES. THEIR DIGESTIVE SYSTEM CANNOT HANDLE PLANT MATTER.
This is why, if you catch your cat eating grass, it is EATING GRASS BECAUSE IT FEELS ILL AND WANTS TO MAKE ITSELF THROW UP TO POSSIBLY GET THE BAD THINGS OUT OF ITS TUMMY. It is NOT eating grass because “omnivore”!! Cats are CARNIVORES.
If you want a vegan pet own a fucking rabbit
His first test came back this weekend confirming he had an abscess (which I assumed, but okay). Tomorrow evening we will be going back to collect another sample so we can send out for a culture to find out what exactly is causing it and what exactly it is.
In the meantime, his abscess got so big that he could barely open his eye. But now if has gone down significantly and currently looks great!
Right?! I haven’t heard any stories lately but ugh just seeing that they exist is terrible.
Sugar Gliders are marsupials. They live in their mother’s pouch for a few weeks after birth. Then they sleep in trees. Usually tree trunks. So we provide sleeping pouches for them to sleep in their cage. Sleeping pouches are made of fleece (or flannel) and are either no-sew single layer are sewn double layer with hidden seams. They are hooked on the side or from the top of the cage on the top 2/3 of the cage. A general rule of thumb is to have about one pouch per glider. They will usually sleep together but sometimes apart. Gliders can also find little areas to sleep in like in a toy or ball pit.
Putting a T-Shirt in your glider cage is not an acceptable way to provide them with a bed. They are not on the top 2/3 of the cage, a glider can get tangled and tossed around, its not as natural as a pouch and dangerous. If you have a shirt there can be loose seams and threads. These can get wrapped around toes and cut off blood circulation…which can lead to amputation.
If you have any questions feel free to ask!
The minimum size your cage should be for a pair is about 32” x 20” x 36”. The more gliders in your cage the larger it should be. The bars of your cage should be 1/2” wide or less and horizontal if possible because sugar gliders like to climb.
Pocket Pets sells a starter cage (shown above). They sell this in the mall when you purchase your first glider. It is called a starter cage but they don’t push for you to get a bigger cage. The PP starter cage is too small for one glider, let alone two or more!
Gliders need room to climb, run, and jump. A wheel doesn’t even fit in the starter cage.
If cost is a problem then look into building your own cage with PVC and Hardware Mesh Plastic.
If you need coupon codes to order a cage online, I ALWAYS get them from Exotic Nutrition!
Please do not put a heat rock in your Sugar Glider’s cage. People started putting heat rocks in cages after a company called Perfect Pocket Pets started selling them in their starter packs. They now no longer sell them.
Heat rocks are dangerous for a couple of reasons:
1. The cord is in reach of the Glider. There has been documented cases when gliders have chewed these cords and died from electrocution.
2. The second reason is that a glider can burn themselves from being on the heat rock for too long.
A sugar glider above the age of 8 weeks OOP will be able to regulate their own body heat. If you are concerned that your house is too cold for your suggie then you can add small pieces of fleece (like blankets) to their pouch and cage. Fleece and flannel are fabrics that will help keep your glider warm.
Reblogging because someone else came to me with yet another story- her two gliders got shocked and died from a heat rock that was in their cage for years, Just because you use them fine now doesn’t mean they are safe!
Most people go to pet stores and are stuck with a limited selection of glider-safe products.
Don’t settle for unsafe products.
The best place to get products for your gliders are from vendors who own gliders. (Mind you there are mostly reputable vendors and no so reputable vendors)
Some ideas of products that are generally safe at pet stores include water bottles, food dishes, plastic containers (Huts, Bowls, etc) and medical supplies (if they have the correct size) such as Vetericyn, syringes, etc. Items like e-collars and e-jackets are generally not found in stores.
You can usually find these items in the Small Animal department. You can also find some things in the Bird department also. Most bird things are not safe, but you can find some plastic toys and perches (Just remember no perches that can hurt the glider’s paws)
People that work at pet stores will most likely not know what a sugar glider is, let alone what is safe. They will want to sell you unsafe supplies. You want to avoid wood, twine, rope, most things that are meant for chewing, unsafe wheels and similar unsafe products.
And don’t forget cloth items. Gliders need items that are no-sew or sewn a certain way, with hidden seams, etc. So if you are looking for cage sets and pouches, it is better to order from a glider owner who has been sewing for a while.
And finally, when in doubt….ASK!
I haven’t posted about Lynn yet but I think it is time. Lynn is a woman in the community that has been known as a scammer and a liar but still sticks around. She has been jailed for shoplifting and welfare fraud. She is known to lie to new owners who don’t know any better.
Just a few issues she has had in the community:
- Creating loopholes in contracts so that she can keep money when she doesn’t provide gliders
- Arranging gift exchanges, has family members participate. Her and her family members either fail to send their gift or send unsafe, used, not good gifts.
- Sold a glider that was tested with Giardia (very contagious illness). Refused accountability, never tested her gliders, never provided proof that her gliders are healthy
- Getting breeders to lower prices because of personal reasons and never paying at all. (one instance of $1400, another of $300)
- Selling cage sets but not delivering them.
- Admitted to selling rescues at breeding prices.
- Place special orders with vendors and after the order is finished not paying and trying to barter with goods.
- Trying to get groups such as TGI (The Glider Initiative) and SUGAR Group to pay for her breeding expenses.
- Breeding rescues
- Mistreatment of gliders that caused illness and death
- I personally bid on a charity auction on toy parts not realizing they were from her. She sent them weeks after she was supposed to and they arrived squished and dirty.
Lynn positions herself to help new glider owners. She is extremely dangerous to do any sort of business with. She runs the following groups I suggest to avoid:
It is best to just ignore and avoid Lynn because she is starting to threaten legal action (which probably not even going to happen but it will save you a headache)
I deleted a screenshot I took to avoid Facebook drama but I have a huge knot in my stomach.
All of the glider groups are full of posts where people are asking medical questions, some are trying to avoid a vet. Just because you post a photo of an injured glider on the internet does not mean you are actually helping them. Gliders are animals and animals need vet care.
If you post a photo of your gliders furless tail and someone says to use spray on it, don’t just trust that your done. You need to see a vet. People on the internet are usually not vets and even vets don’t give full advice over the internet. It seriously makes me extremely angry when people avoid taking their gliders to the vet because they “talked to someone reputable online”.
Don’t take me wrong, you can still post and get as much info as you can but don’t substitute a Facebook post or Tumblr ask for a vet visit.
New Toy at Glider Girls Toy Shop!
$15.00 and FREE SHIPPING!
Barrel of Monkey toys are great for gliders! Only 3 available so get your fast!
Question. On a scale from one to ten, how painful are sugar glider bites (both as joeys and adults)?
Usually a ten for new owners.
Artex did this all the time in her sleep. Frickin’ adorable.
Wins wont stop barking.
Totes control your man.