Lifestyles for Better Living

Sugar Gliders Part 2

Everyone should know that regular pets and exotic pets alike have specific needs - and these needs must be met if a pet owner wishes the animal to have a long and happy life in captivity. We must all remember that animals in captivity essentially cannot fend for themselves. Pets have no access to external sources of food and are unable to use their instinctual drives to sustain and protect themselves. As pet owners, we must:

- Gain knowledge about the species that we wish to keep as a pet
- Understand how an animal interacts and bonds with humans
- Discover the best diet for the pet so that it will not become malnourished
- Invest time in observing and learning about our new pet on a regular basis

Sugar gliders, unlike dogs and cats, have very poor tolerance for junk food or treats. Since these animals only weigh a few ounces upon adulthood, even a large piece of grape can cause indigestion and malaise.

Sugar gliders are also very sociable animals that require regular interaction either with other sugar gliders or their primary caregiver - you. According to exotic pet veterinarians, a sugar glider that does not have a fellow sugar glider for company has to interact with its owner at least one hour every day.

If you do not play with your sugar glider on a regular basis, it may become extremely bored and may begin to show signs of clinical depression. Yes, these animals can actually suffer from depression if you don't play with them!

Sugar gliders may be small and cuddly, but these animals are actually highly intelligent creatures that can exhibit complex group behavior when caged alongside other sugar gliders. Even if these animals are small, sugar gliders are well-known for having a "Napoleon complex."

Animals with the Napoleon complex are usually very bossy and will attempt to rule over other animals in their midst. This behavior may be funny to humans, but it is not funny to other pets such as dogs and cats. Are you ready to properly introduce your new pet sugar glider to other pets in your home?

These are some of the primary considerations we should take into account even before acquiring an actual sugar glider. Unlike larger pets like dogs, sugar gliders are very affectionate and sociable animals that would prefer to hang out with you all day if possible. That's why sugar gliders/honey bears are also called "pocket pets." They can literally be placed in a shirt pocket all day.

If you are the type of person who loves animals passionately, then the sugar glider is definitely for you. Genuine animal lovers have lots of love to give to animals - and pets like the sugar glider have as much love to return as their owners.

The more you interact with your sugar glider, the more it trusts you like a genuine member of a sugar glider colony. In time, all your efforts will pay off. A trusting sugar glider will not even think twice about allowing a human to handle their babies - something that other animals will not comfortably do because they do not experience the same degree of bonding that sugar gliders are capable of experiencing.

To learn more about this topic and more about caring for sugar gliders, you can purchase the Nook Book
Sugar Gliders! The Ultimate Owner's Guide at Barns and Noble.

ebook You can also buy the PDF file from Paypal for $2.99

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