what are the pros and cons of a sugar glider?
also what stores sell stuff for them like toys and sleeping pouches
- 9 years agoFavorite Answer
In reviewing the literature out there, I have found that there is a lot of controversial disagreement in regards to sugar gliders as pets. Some say they are the perfect family friend, others adamantly claim them to be the worst pet to cross seas. The decision of whether to purchase these marsupial pals is one left to the educated owner. Here are some pros and cons.
They are social creatures that with time, care, and proper training can become bonded to an owner and very cuddly.
They have a simple diet consisting of pellets, the occasional live insect, and fresh fruits and veggies. This is extremely cheaper than some of the canine and feline diets out there.
They love to curl up in a small pouch or pocket and be with you as you venture around the house.
They are simply adorable!
They can live up to ten years.
They do not require vaccines by law.
Readily breed in captivity (although a lot of research, care, and investment are needed).
Their odor is usually more tolerable than other animals (such as ferrets), especially if fed a proper diet.
A generally low maintenance pet; clean the cage to eliminate odor, feed and give water, and play with them frequently. No need to walk, let outside for a quick tinkle, or messy shedding.
Don't be fooled, if they do bite, it'll hurt and you will bleed! They will bite if scared or hurt. Proper bonding is a necessity.
Males have a predominately strong, musky odor due to scent marking.
They do require live food occasionally. Do not just catch a few bugs and feed to them. These may contain harmful pesticides, herbicides, fertilizers, or other chemicals picked up from outside. Always purchase live food from a reputable and clean shop.
They are not cheap to buy and hard to find in some areas.
They are not able to be trained to a litter box, but are clean critters that have typical behavior. Learning what their "wee wee dance" looks takes time and a few accidents, but it can be done.
They need large cages to accommodate their lifestyle.
They may potentially need a partner (same sex or not) due to depression issues. Again, some can live well if adapted but there is no guaranteed rule. Either way a responsible owner needs to spend a lot of time with their pocket pal.
They are illegal in some states and to sell them you need a federal permit from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).
Finding a reputable veterinarian that can cater to small exotics can be a challenge in certain areas. A responsible owner should have their little buddy (or buddies) evaluated every six months since health issues might arise and be unnoticed unless examined by a trained and licensed professional
- 9 years ago
Sugar gliders make great pets! Just make sure you do your research first so that you know what you're getting into. You definitely want to have as much knowledge on these little guys as possible. Finding a good diet is one of the most important things you can do. Diets like HPW, BML and PP are all great. You should check out GliderCENTRAL. There are loads of people there willing to answer any question that you have. You can also find vendors and breeders there, such as myself. :)
- Anonymous9 years ago
u dont have to buy ur own sugar