Ok, I got the consent of the owner of the pictures to include them in this blog. Now, see what I mean? They look cheap and full of artificial colouring…. I’m even scared to eat them myself! They are generic cereal…. I have seen this marketed for hamsters before. Recently some person on Mudah.my also marketed sugar glider food but it was repackaged hamster food, with loads of sunflower seeds, corn, millet, and some cat food in it as well with oats…. poor gliders indeed. Please stay away from such products. Check carefully on the ingredients and how it looks like, don’t be fooled but the pet shop marketer or promoter. Best to just stay loyal to popular brands that are being carried by large pet shops.
Is this layout more cheery? Do give me some comments. And how is my new header?
Well, my bad as I forgotten to post this in my blog. Just before I left for my France Trip, RTM2 came and did a video shooting for a kids program, with me introducing the sugar glider. The program is in Bahasa Melayu, on Saturday 24 March 2012, 7.30am till 10am. Hope you guys are able to catch it.
This issue is very alarming. Recently popped up in Sugar Glider Malaysia group in Facebook. Some members were posting pictures of sugar glider food that looked like colourful kids cereal. It reminded me of those cheap generic brands of cereals shaped like Honey Stars, Coco Crunch and Trix…. Some even market little kids jelly cups and called them gum or gel for sugar gliders. Erm, Please becareful when purchasing food for your suggies. If you want gum, use Acacia Gum.
There are many businessmen out there looking for quick ways to earn fast money. One of it was bonding pouches, sold at RM30 over but wasn’t safe because it was only a single layer pouch. So the sewing, threads and mesh ends and zipper ends were all exposed, and there have been a few cases where the gliders died from strangulation from the loose threads and some had missing digits due to self mutilation from getting caught in the exposed sewing.
Anyway, buying online is a big risk, I have seen many “new” brands popping up. Many are repacking Exotic Nutrition products, so that’s ok. What I’m concerned with is the people not telling you where the supply comes from. It could be repackaged rabbit food or repackaged dogfood….. and those powdered vitamins, it could just be glucose or powdered sugar. So be wise. Choose brands that have been in the market for a few years, just to be safe. Large petshops usually carry reputable brands like Bugsy and so on. Don’t be fooled by small petshops, that would just packaged chicken food and call it glider pellets. Check with the brands or the food that you wish to buy. Get in touch with FB groups as they can be helpful….
I have come across many new owners that take their sugar glider’s health for granted. Many do not think about bringing their sugar gliders to a vet for a check up when something doesn’t look right. Instead, they give a shout out at forums or in Facebook groups, asking questions like “My glider has a swollen eye, what should I do?” or “My glider can’t walk anymore and is weak, what can be done? Do I need to see a vet?”
Come on people….. when you get sick, you medicate yourself with whatever over the counter pharmacy meds you have at home right? But that is when you know what kinda sickness or problem you have. When you are clueless about your sickness, you visit the doctor, right? So it’s the same thing….. just that gliders do not know how to see the vet so it is your responsibility as an owner to bring your glider to the vet for treatment if something is not right with it.
Which vet to go to? Well, my best advice is to get recommendations from forums or online groups as they would be able to give you good clinic recommendations. It’s hard for me to recommend you the vet I go to because she doesn’t have a clinic and basically rotates in various clinics depending on her schedule. Her contact is private, so again, I can’t post anything about her.
Gliders are pros when it comes to hiding their illnesses or wounds. But just be alert and check your gliders daily. Make sure no wounds or swollen joints. Check your glider’s face as well because a swollen cheek could mean a gum infection that could get septic and lead to the glider losing its eye. It can happen so best not to delay. Self mutilation is also common and it normally begins with overgrooming.
Now what is overgrooming? One can detect if a glider is over grooming itself is by the distinctive bald spots on their bodies. If fur is thinning evenly and your glider is basically scratching more often, that would be a sign of mites or something fungal on the skin. Prominent bald patches would be signs of a glider just constantly licking 1 spot over and over again, from balding to reddish skin (from overlicking) to it turning into a flesh wound…. and when a glider feels pain, it would bite itself and that leads to self mutilation.
Why self mutilate? Normally, a sign of stress and boredom. This behavior often arises from mental stress created from improper keeping. A small cage, loneliness, poor diet, lack of exercise, just to name a few. Another would be habitual so look out for that as well. Bite wounds that are left unattended can become septic, turn yellow with pus and worst case…. turn into gangrene….. you do not want that to happen.
So if your glider falls sick or injures itself, don’t just sit at home and wait for an answer to appear on the internet. Get proactive, do a few calls and bring your glider straight to a vet.
Alright, I know you guys must be mad at me for not updating much lately. Well, it’s been a pretty hectic beginning of the year for me. Projects, TV shoots, gatherings, pet shows and events…. along with my final semester assignments…. oh gosh, really drowning in lots of commitments.
Anyway, I delayed this a bit but I just wanted to highlight that Suggies At Home will now slowly breed Variation Gliders. Yes, since last year, I have obtained 2 very special sugar gliders that have been imported from the USA. 1 is a white face male named Turbo, and another is a white mosaic female named Nuala. I will update with pictures soon.
Yah, another great start is that now I have a new laptop, so it’s much easier to use than my netbook. I just realize that my netbook kinda made me resize my pics weirdly, so do be patient, I will be changing the outlook for my blog soon.
How about GliderSLURP?
Best thing is, I now have agents distributing. Please look below:
Official GliderSLURP agents:
1 – Kelvin Chan (Subang, Sunway, Puchong, Damansara, Petaling Jaya)
~Areas that Kelvin cover :-
Subang Jaya (The Summit USJ, Empire Gallery Subang)
Sunway (Sunway Pyramid)
Puchong (IOI Mall on Fridays only)
Kota Damansara (Sunway Giza)*
Mutiara Damansara (The Curve)*
Damansara Utama (Fitness First)*
Bandar Utama (One Utama)*
Kelana Jaya (LRT)*
2 – Naiman Eman (Shah Alam)
3 – Callister Wong (Klang)
4 – Helmi Hassan (Penang, Sungai Petani, Kulim)
5 – Noah Darham (Kulai, Senai, Skudai, JB)
6 – Zeon Zecko (Melaka)
7 – Suggie Shiteru (putrajaya,bangi,kajang,seri kmbngn, serdang, dengkil n sepang)
8 – Hun (Danau Kota, Wangsa Maju LRT, Taman Melati LRT)
9. Pet Epicure (Taman Melawati)
16 Jalan Bandar 2, Taman Melawati, 53100 KL
CLOSED on Mondays and Public Holidays
OPENING HOURS ARE: 9.30am – 5.30pm Tuesday to Friday9.30am – 4pm Weekends
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