Suggie Blog in Bahasa Malaysia

I should introduce a blog here which I find that we are lacking. In Malaysia, we live in a multiracial country (Selamat Hari Merdeka ke-52) and we have people who learn different languages. Some of us prefer reading in their prefered language. For me, it is English.

Here is a fellow blogger who I met in July during the Pet Expo. He is blogging in Bahasa Malaysia, or should I say, simple lay man Malay. His blog is good and will suit well for bloggers who understand Malay better.

http://suggie-joey.blogspot.com/

Wrong information going around

Again, the internet can be both informational and dangerous. Informational would be where we gain knowledge on sugar gliders but the danger part would be the wrong information that is going around.

Recently, again, I stumbled upon another sugar glider advertisement in mudah.my. Again, bad information. This time it goes like this:

Actually it is easy to feed sugar glider,no special foods are required. You probably already have all the foods you needs on hand. Feed them twice a day . They also need fresh water daily. Give them more fresh fruits and vegetables. Such as pineapples,apples,peaches,strawberries,
honeydews,oranges,blueberries,melon,fruit juices,dried fruit,grapes,papaya,fruit jams and assorted baby food. They also like corn,raisins,carrots.sweet potatoes,pumpkin seeds,
sunflowers seeds.

Disturbing? To me it is. This person is high lighting that we should feed seeds to gliders. This person did not list out what fruits should be limited and also advice on feeding raisins and corn! How about fruit jams? The only fruit jams gliders should take are the preservative and sugar free ones. How about dried fruit? It should be the organic type since the sulphur used in the cheap dried fruits can cause harm to gliders.

I hope people are bright enough to understand which information is correct and which is crap. There are many websites out there that’s full of crappy information that can kill a glider so beware.

Suggie Adoption

I have seen many people using the search words like “sugar gliders for sale in Malaysia” or “Free sugar glider adoption”

Please understand that sugar gliders are exotic pets and are rarely free to any home. If they are for free, then it would mean the previous owner would grill you like crazy to make sure you are the right owner for it.

My friend Reanne has a few sugar gliders for adoption but they are charged RM150. Why RM150? This fee is not to be used to spend on luxuries and items for herself. The RM150 is the fee for Neutering. Why neuter? It is to avoid breeding and overpopulation plus less of a headache because males do smell when they musk.

Try to understand, if ever I have any gliders for adoption, I would make sure it goes to the right person and it will mean I would need to know the living environment, living space, your past experience with pets, cage size and your living expenses. We do not play around with life here. Sugar gliders deserve to live in a loving environment and if possible, with the same people for the rest of their lives. So don’t get pissed or offended if we ask many questions or may not let you adopt our gliders. We are just looking for the best home.

And don’t ask why we want the males to be neutered.

If you would like to adopt, email me at crazymouse.yoong@gmail.com and give me an introduction about yourself.

Exotic Pets Ink

This company belongs to my friend KP. Quite well known among LowYat suggie forumers, she has been producing glider pouches and accessories for quite a few years. Now she has her own company and is distributing to a few pet shops all around Kuala Lumpur.

Anyway, her company made their debut at the Malaysian Pet Expo 2009 that I was so exited about in my past post. It was her booth that I helped out. Happy to say that I am very proud of her for standing strong and with the help of her friend Has, they have both started a company that indeed will be another great contact for glider stuff.

Exotic Pets Ink

We have a non-woven shopping bag made to introduce Exotic Pets Ink and Suggies At Home. Will post up more details about it later.

Tasty pastry joeys

I love naming joeys, and it depends on my mood, I will have different themes or weird names.

This time I named them after delicious pastries.

Well, you all have seen Bagel and Donut. Now let me give you an update.

Bagel Boy – The naughty jumpy one

Bagel is quite a naughty one. He is hyper, loves to jump if given the opportunity and is very daring. I can’t get him to sit still much. He just wants to scamper about and jump about. His favourite spot is the tallest spot on my body, which is naturally, my head hahaha. He is now35g and at 6 weeks old, he and his brother are already eating on their own. Very independent coz their mother weaned them off just a bit early.

Donut – The calm joey

Donut is Bagel’s brother and he is around 38g now. The cute thing about him is that he is quite calm. He can sit still for photos and stay on your shoulder for as long you let him sit on it. He won’t jump away. His favourite spot is behind my back where my hair kinda falls on him a bit. Donut will be going to his new home on Merdeka day. Hope Hannie likes him.

Pretzel Baby – The crab pot

Now this girl is one crabby baby. She was crabby even before opening her eyes but then she likes to crab at everything now. It’s a habit and phase that will soon go off soon as she grows older. Now she is an only joey, OOP on 2 August. At just 21 days old now, she is already 30g. Well, the only joey gets all the milk.

This adorable female joey will be a little joy to a family soon. Hopefully they will adore her just like me.

Egg is good!

I believe in giving gliders fresh food as it is packed full of goodness for them. One of the food stuff that I normally advice people to give is eggs. Why eggs? How to feed? Naturally sugar gliders in the wild would eat bird eggs when insects are scarce. I have given eggs both in raw and cooked form before but I would never advice people to give raw chicken’s egg because mass farming of eggs sometimes carry parasites and bacteria that is harmful for us and gliders. I give parrot eggs that are freshly laid by my cockatiel whenever she lays one. Infertile eggs and they are just the right size. My gliders love the fresh eggs but then it is very very limited since my cockatiel is not an egg laying machine. She only lays twice a year.

Anyway, back to the goodness of eggs. I got this email from my dad and decided to post this here. Remember, only give cooked eggs, be it hardboiled or scrambled with no oil. Both the egg white and egg yolk have to be fed together. And remember, never overfeed. Too much of a good thing can be bad as well.

1. Eggs are great for the eyes. According to one study, an egg a day may prevent macular degeneraton due to the carotenoid content, specifically lutein and zeaxanthin. Both nutrients are more readily available to our bodies from eggs than from other sources.

2. In another study, researchers found that people who eat eggs every day lower their risk of developing cataracts, also because of the lutein and zeaxanthin in eggs.

3. One egg contains 6 grams of high-quality protein and all 9 essential amino acids.

4. According to a study by the Harvard School of Public Health, there is no significant link between egg consumption and heart disease. In fact, according to one study, regular consumption of eggs may help prevent blood clots, stroke, and heart attacks.

5. They are a good source of choline. One egg yolk has about 300 micrograms of choline. Choline is an important nutrient that helps regulate the brain, nervous system, and cardiovascular system.

6. They contain the right kind of fat. One egg contains just 5 grams of fat and only 1.5 grams of that is saturated fat.

7. New research shows that, contrary to previous belief, moderate consumption of eggs does not have a negative impact on cholesterol.. In fact, recent studies have shown that regular consumption of two eggs per day does not affect a person’s lipid profile and may, in fact, improve it. Research suggests that it is saturated fat that raises cholesterol rather than dietary cholesterol.

8. Eggs are one of the only foods that contain naturally occurring vitamin D.

9. Eggs may prevent breast cancer. In one study, women who consumed at least 6 eggs per week lowered their risk of breast cancer by 44%.

10. Eggs promote healthy hair and nails because of their high sulphur content and wide array of vitamins and minerals. Many people find their hair growing faster after adding eggs to their diet, especially if they were previously deficient in foods containing sulphur or B12.

11. Eggs are packed with a range of nutrients including protein, essential vitamins A, D, E, and B group as well as minerals iron, phosphorus and zinc. They’re relatively low in saturated fat, making them a healthy fast food for all the family.They’re low in calories with only around 80 kcals per medium egg – so they are great if you’re on a diet, especially combined with vegetables and salads as part of healthy balanced meals!

12. Eggs are one of the most nutritious foods money can buy. They contain a wealth of vitamins, minerals and protein. In particular, they contain B vitamins that perform many vital functions in the body and are especially rich in vitamin B2 riboflavin, important in the release of energy in the body, and vitamin B12 needed for normal blood formation.

13. Eggs are a source of vitamin D, which is involved in the absorption of calcium and phosphorus and is necessary for bone health. They also contain vitamin A – essential for normal growth and development and vitamin E that is necessary for cell protection from the damage caused by free radicals.

14. Eggs contain many essential minerals, in particular phosphorus, essential for healthy teeth and bones, as well as iron, which is essential for red blood cell formation and zinc, for the normal function of the immune system.

15. Trace elements are also present in eggs, especially iodine, required to make thyroid hormones, and selenium, an important antioxidant. Antioxidants work by preventing the damage caused by uncontrolled oxidation in the body and are believed to help protect against diseases such as heart disease and some cancers.

16. Eggs are a great source of choline. Although not an essential nutrient, because it can be made by the body, dietary choline has become the focus of recent interest because of its role in brain function. Studies in animals suggest that choline intake during pregnancy might influence development of the baby’s brain in the uterus, but this has not been proven in humans.

Source:
http://www.healthdiaries.com/eatthis/10-health-benefits-of-eggs.html

http://www.britegg.co.uk/nutrition05/startnutrition.html

Offer joey with package!

While looking around Mudah.my and adpost.com, I stumbled upon a few advertisements that really really REALLY is disturbing….. why are people offering joey package with cage and accesories all of the sudden?

Can you guess?

I can…. coz from the adverts, the reason for sale is coz no time, travel too much, need to further studies… blah blah. Fine, they may be good reasons as to why you have to give up the gliders but come on….. the package looks like it is meant for either a snake or a hamster!

Imagine a glider permanently living in a glass tank with a branch and a wooden house. It’s how I house my own snake at home. Then I was super shock to find someone selling a package offering a joey in a habitrail cage. Why these kinda housings? Did the supplier or commercial seller advice about getting these cages? And the wood shavings gave an even more alarming shock coz it is the kind used for hamsters and most likely it’s pine wood.

Please do research when wanting to get a pet, be it a glider or a hedgehog or a chipmunk. Exotic pets are different. They need different living quarters, proper housing or cages, proper diet and nutrition. Exotic animals are not toys or simple animals to play around with. There is a need to understand them.

Anyway, I just have to put these pictures in a link as an example. Do not treat gliders like reptiles or hamsters.

Sugar Glider in an Exoterra glass tank

Sugar Glider in a Habitrail hamster cage

Why I love Suggies…

Recently I helped my friend in her cold display during the FHM 2009 (Food and Hotel Malaysia) event. I stayed overnight without sleep at college, creepy…. but one thing I realize I missed the most during the sleepless night, I missed my dog Chelsea and my gliders. Truly miss them and wished I had brought one glider to accompany me on that dark night at college.  jsut bought a new weighing scale that cost me RM100 to weigh my gliders. Can’t wait to try it out tomorrow. Donut and Bagel have grown up and today Bagel had his first try of GliderSLURP! So happy!

Anyway, why do I love gliders?

When my friend Connie first showed me a glider back in early 2005,  I simply said “it’s weird, like a bat and squirrel all in one animal but it is damn cute!” and then I showed it to my mom and she was like “don’t you dare bring back this alien creature as a pet”. Hahaha…. well, true to my stubborn self, I didn’t listen to her and brought back my first glider, Kiah. And that started my addiction.

Why do I love them? First of all, they are like mini dogs. They act like stubborn spoilt kids that wouldn’t listen to a word you say yet they rely on you for love, care and food and they bond to you like how a child would to their mom. They make great pets for the nocturnal night owl humans (like me) and are great for apartment life since they do not need as much space as a dog and they rarely disturb neighbours. They are way much better pets than hamsters.

Many people have their own reasons for keeping a sugar glider. Some may find them just cute, some may just want a pet that they can bring around or other reasons. As pet owners, we have to take the responsibility of their health, welfare and love them as how we would love something precious. They are a life, not a toy. Don’t get a glider as a surprise gift for your spouse or girlfriend or boyfriend or your child, they should never be gift wrapped with a ribbon if the person who has no idea about caring for them. Discuss with them about it.

Giving Up?

Years ago when sugar gliders first were taken as pets in Malaysia, 1 glider was close to Rm1000! And now? What happened? I blame the suppliers, they drop the price so much because they want to sell as many as possible before this so-called “trendy” pet becomes a cheap thing, like how hamsters were from a price of Rm40 they now have dropped to Rm10 or even Rm5.

People just do not see where this is going. Do they understand that a cheaper price would bring about silly impulse buyers? So many buy on impulse if they are not expensive. My price is still Rm300 to Rm350 because I want people to think first before purchasing and not get on impulse. It my joeys went for less than Rm200, then I have to say the future of sugar gliders will look bleak.

If we study customer behaviour, if we see something cheap, we tend to buy. That is exactly what these commercial breeders are doing. They want you to buy more by giving you a cheap attractive price. Like in Klang there is this seller offering Rm380 for a pair of joeys, and still got the nerve to say 60 available, take your pick. Are gliders items? Are they clothes and products that can be displayed and people can choose what they like as if choosing some fake watch from Petaling Street? Come on… these are animals. Wake up and treat them as a living being!!!!

Here is an example of what will happen when gliders are bought by impulse buyers.

They end up being bought by someone who thinks they are easy to keep because the seller would say “hey, keeping them is like keeping hamsters. Very easy” These commercial sellers would also sell to them a pack of dogfood and label it as glider food. And they would offer cages that are too small. And what to feed? Only apples of course. This looks like the case in this picture, these gliders are kept in a very small cage. It is so small that the hanging coconut is almost touching the base of the cage. You can see the apple that they are eating, it looks old and maybe they have been eating it for more than a day. Look how thin the female(without the bald spot) is by her face and if I read the advertisement correctly, the female has joeys. How can such a malnourished glider support growing joeys?

I actually stumbled upon this picture in a local classified ad, someone was trying to sell away this pair. Maybe he got tired of them? An impulse buyer who now thinks they are too difficult to take care? Giving Up?

If this continues, I fear the future of sugar gliders will be bleak. Many will suffer and some may die….. all because of irresponsible money making commercial breeders and sellers. Stop buying from such people and you can maybe save a suggie live.

We have to be responsible. We are humans, God gave us the ability to think and reason and understand. We take in pets because we like and want them as companions so we have to be responsible of their welfare.

If you are thinking of getting a glider as a pet, remember this, you have to commit to it for the next 10 to 15 years. Don’t give up on it.

The hibiscus plant

In the wild,  sugar gliders live on a diet of tree sap and gum, blossoms and pollen as well as insects and small edible fruits. The insects and tree gum are much favoured during the breeding season. Anyway, blossoms provide the gliders nectar that is very nutritious for them. In captivity, it is good to provide them a bit of safe edible flowers. I found out that the hibiscus plant, which can be found almost anywhere in Malaysia is high in vitamins and minerals, and of course, calcium!

Now isn’t that great to hear?

There are over 200 species of hibiscus flowers, in a variety of beautiful colors, that belong in the family Malvaceae. They are native to warm, tropical and subtropical regions around the world but can be grown almost anywhere in pots.

The hibiscus is a plant rich in Vitamin C. it has been made into tea because studies show it can lower cholesterol and blood pressure as well as benefits the liver. Impressive!

Hibiscus flowers are also rich in minerals like calcium, magnesium and iron. Being high in calcium, it certainly is a good treat for our gliders. I offer the leaves and hibiscus flowers to my tortoises and they love it. Rich in fiber and calcium, I believe the hibiscus plant is the most useful to us sugar glider owners.

Remember, if you are going to offer some hibiscus to your suggies, make sure it comes from a plant free of chemicals and insecticides or pesticides. Give your gliders safe plants. Don’t take the risk.