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Cats and Gliders Getting Along? #1417946
10/16/18 09:45 PM
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Hiyaaa! So I have a question for anyone who knows anything about this! Before I got my two beautiful little babies (Chamise and Queso) I did a TON of research, I was so excited and I couldn't stop thinking about it. I found quite a few places on both the internet and social media that showed the relations between sugar gliders, and other pets. I saw that many people found their cats were able to become friends or even best buds with the gliders because cats have an instinct to kill rodents (based on the smell) not small marsupials. I thought, this is great! We have three cats (dog recently passed, though he was getting old) and I thought it was a common thing.

After I'd bonded a bit with my first glider, I decided to (VERY carefully) introduce her to one of our cats. The cat immediately got into a sort of hunting position, the end of his tail flicking, eyes wide and neck craned forward. I saw this as a very bad sign, and as things continued, one of our cats would CLIMB on the outside of the cage while my babies were running around! They are all both indoor and outdoor cats so they hunt a ton, and are very experienced. Im not going to attempt to try again, at least not unless I get a new cat.

Anyway. What do you guys think? Anyone have a cat and glider that get along?

Re: Cats and Gliders Getting Along? [Re: Emory] #1417949
10/16/18 10:51 PM
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Hi, imo what you are describing is the hunter prey instinct. It sounds like your kittys are hunters and that said, I would not tempt it-gliders are small fragile marsupials.
May have to let them out when the cats are outside.


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Re: Cats and Gliders Getting Along? [Re: Emory] #1417950
10/17/18 02:48 AM
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I know of 1 member who has a cat, chinchilla, and had a single glider(Lord Fevy recently passed away at the ripe old age of 11 or 12 years old).

She worked with them and they all got along, but we're supervised. However I don't think her cat went outside or much in to hunting. It's the personality of the cat/ dog or other species that will make a difference.

I personally feel that all the time and money spent to keep gliders as a companion just isn't worth the risk.


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Re: Cats and Gliders Getting Along? [Re: Ladymagyver] #1417959
10/17/18 10:40 AM
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I think you are very wise not to try the introduction again for the safety of the glider.

The majority of the time it is best to keep the species separate.


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Re: Cats and Gliders Getting Along? [Re: Emory] #1417969
10/17/18 08:54 PM
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I've heard the claim many times that it is the smell that triggers the hunting instinct. I truly believe it is marketing hype. Look at other things that trigger that same instinct: insects, laser points, fuzzy toys flicking around, feathers. What they all have in common is movement.

Smell plays a roll, but cats & dogs do not hunt by smell alone. Personality & training may help, but in the end, cats & dogs are predators that enjoy hunting smaller fluffy (or shiny) prey.


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Re: Cats and Gliders Getting Along? [Re: Emory] #1418185
11/05/18 05:03 PM
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I have a cat in my house with my 2 gliders. He is older tho...15 years old and doesn't pay any attention to my girls. Granted he's been raised with all sorts of critters over his 15 years, including my ferrets, African Grey, Iguana, etc. He's never had a problem with any of them - granted he's strictly indoors, has only been outside to go to the vet and when I moved.

That being said, I'd still never introduce them (I actually don't allow any of my pets to interact together besides my dog and ferret as they are besties and have been for 5 years now). Its too risky. I'm just happy he doesn't show any interest in them in their cages. The only thing he cares about is that I have his heat pad on under his cat bed lol. He's such a lazy bum.

Even if you get a new cat down the road, I don't think I'd tempt fate.


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