Yah…. I know, these past few articles from me have been only words and words and more words. I will get some pictures up soon.
Anyway, I just wanna talk about how depressing it is these days. I think there are many gliders and joeys suffering out there…. Why? Well, one thing for sure is MANY people are getting the wrong information about sugar gliders.
First of all, I have heard 1 owner said he will use hamster cage. Why? Because it saves space and it is such a small animal, so why bother to give it such a big cage? Waste space only….. OMG…. pretty dumb and I pity the glider…..
Next would be the usage of wood shavings. Some sellers go about advising people that wood shavings is the best because it will absorb the urine of the glider and keep it clean. What the …… so wrong. Wood shavings, especially pine shavings that is available at all pet stores, if quite dangerous to their health since the phenols leak out of the wood and gets in the air.
Another stupid advice…. The usage of aquarium. They say putting a glider in an aquarium is better coz the glider would feel less stressed since cannot see any bars, and then it is cleaner to keep because all the shit and pee is inside the aquarium or glass exo terra tanks. And it looks so pretty and exotic looking. Dumb Dumb man…. sugar gliders are neither fish nor reptiles, so do not use tanks or aquariums.
Another favourite advice….. gliders do not drink water. So no need water bottle, just leave an apple in the cage and it will be enough. Oh, and feed cat food and mealworms. Rubbish advice. If a glider eats only apples, dry cat food and mealworms only then it’s lifespan will be shorten drastically. I give it 2 years only…. pity the gliders….. Some sellers would also say do not feed other fruits because it can kill a glider of cause it to become sick, so apples should only be given….. Wow, such a pitiful diet and such a painful life…..
So people, do be wise. Don’t think of the easy way out when keeping gliders, don’t think they are easy to keep and don’t get a glider because you find it is cute but you cannot afford it.
Cheap gliders can be unhealthy gliders. Look at mudah.my…. so many rubbish sellers, especially those trying to sell joeys in packages.