A sugar glider is a small possum that dwells on trees and can glide along from great heights. Owing to their extreme love for sweet food and because of their ability to glide they are known as ‘pure sugar.’ You can also keep a sugar glider as a pet and you will most certainly adore them because of these qualities.
Finding the Perfect Sugar Glider Cage
While choosing a sugar glider cage, do remember they love climbing. So, the cage you choose should be narrow and tall. Do not opt for barbed wires, but vinyl-coated or PVC wire. The cage should also have real wood branches, hanging toys, perches and a hanging food dish. It is extremely important to take good care of your sugar glider’s diet.
What do sugar gliders eat?
Being aware of the sugar glider food needs is necessary. Unlike the regular pets (dogs and cats), you have to understand the exotic nature of sugar gliders. If you do not feed them the right way it will shorten their life span, that otherwise should be 10 to 15 years or more.
Sugar gliders eat both animals and plants, or so to say they are omnivores. When living in their natural habitat they feed on any available arachnids and insects, and thus are also many a time referred as insectivores.
Unlike various types of dog and cat food products, you will hardly come across commercial sugar glider food products in the market. Even if you get one from some specialized store, you cannot be sure if it is healthy. A sugar glider diet needs to include the following elements:
Vegetables and fruits: you can serve them fresh or frozen, but it will be best if you serve them fresh. Avoid canned products at all costs since any preservatives and contents present in them can harm your little pet. The vegetable or fruits that you will serve should be chopped into small pieces to avoid your cute pets from choking. In case you need to serve frozen food, make sure you thaw them first. Heat them well few hours before you serve it to your pet.
Protein: processed insects are available in specialized stores, and you can feed your sugar gliders with the same. Do not feed your little one with wild insects that you find around your yard or house, as they may contain pesticides or parasites. Other sources of protein like chicken, yogurt and boiled eggs should also be a part of your sugar glider food list. While preparing these, be watchful of the fat content, as excess fat can harm the health of sugar gliders.
Calcium: Your pet, most likely, will get its share of calcium from vegetables and fruits. However, to make sure this important element gets enriched, provide it with vitamins and supplements. Do not give your pet an overdose of vitamins. In a healthy diet, calcium needs to be present in a higher ratio than phosphorus, in the exact ratio 2:1. If you maintain this ratio in its diet, it will prevent your little pets from developing various diseases.
Maintaining a proper sugar glider food routine may seem to be quite a difficult task. It is quite like fixing a nutritious diet for a person, just that a human will possibly not be eating insects. You may give your sugar glider occasional treats and experiment with its diet. As long as the diet remains healthy, and includes the important elements mentioned above, your sugar glider will stay healthy and live longer.