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Hi! I would like to introduce myself.... and a few questions. #1422079
03/02/20 08:17 PM
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Hi! PJ here....Just wanted to introduce myself and thank everyone for all the useful information I have gathered from this site. We jumped into the sugar glider life in October not knowing too much, but we have since embraced it and our little Fiona and Willow are spoiled and much loved members of our family. We quickly upgraded to the Brisbane cage and feed our girls Critter Love w/ the kibble. They love it. We tried the salad, but they didn't seem to like it, so we have been feeding them a mixture of frozen organic veggies (carrots, corn, peas, green beans, kale) and assorted fresh fruit. We also add pumpkin seeds and give one yogurt drop. Does that sound like a good diet? They seem to love it and eat it up every night. They seem super healthy happy and friendly. Does anyone else feed their gliders frozen veggies. if so, what do you buy?

One thing I would like to share is that during the bonding process, Willow was much more friendlier than Fiona. One thing that worked in making Fiona friendlier, was to dip our finger in the CritterLove gravy and let her lick it off. We did this every night for two months. We also did regular pouch time, too. Willow is still much friendlier than Fiona, but at least she no longer lunges, and bites us and she will even let us hold her. However, she clearly doesn't like as much as Willow.

Overall, we just love our little girls.

-PJ

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Re: Hi! I would like to introduce myself.... and a few questions. [Re: Pacj24] #1422080
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Hi PJ and :welcome: to Glider Central!

Have you tried any of these salad recipes?

https://www.critterlove.com/salad-mixtures

I didn't have a lot of luck with the freeze dried salads. But I do keep them on hand (in an air tight jar) for emergencies.

When I make the fresh salads, I use #3 most of the time as the ingredients are readily available all year round.

So when I first tried CL, 4.5 years ago, mine didn't like much out of the salad mixtures at all. They only ate peas, corn and the green beans. But I stuck to the salads recommend. Every morning only the above veg's were gone. They only left the hulls, which is normal. I tried all 5 salads and they would pick it over.

Then I realized other f/v would disappear occasionally. My Fiona loves fresh melon/ cantaloupe, but wouldn't touch it in the salad. The same way with cucumber.

So I fast forward 2 years and decided to put my salad together differently. Same ingredients, but as I chopped it up, I tried freezing the kale and bok choy together but separate from all other ingredients. Everything else I froze together. Then once everything was completely frozen, I'd add the kale and bok choy, mix it all up and bag it up in gallon freezer bags. I push all the air out of them before closing.

Well, it worked. At least they would eat everything but carrots and kale. Fast forward today... Now they clean their plate!!! It took me 4 years and what I thought was tons of waste.

It was my fault. I gave too many treats during that time because I felt sorry for them.... So now, they are rewarded for clean plates.

Now having said all the above, over the years I did adjust portions. If they hardly touched their staple(gravy), I wouldn't leave as much the next night. I did the same with the salad .

What I learned: it's natural to pick over and eat what they like. But if they get hungry enough, they'll learn to like it all. Missing out on treats a few days helped too. It was tough on me, but a little tough love goes a long way...

As far as bonding goes, they will learn to love you without treats over time. We have 3 opposites. My Fiona loves us unconditionally. We learned that Dot doesn't care to be handled but will tolerate it. Stewie who is the youngest will be 2 years old soon. He's hyper still and only tolerates being held when he's tired (but only briefly) as long as we aren't trying to clip nails...

Sorry for the long story, but mine didn't eat everything just because I sat it in front of them. The salads along with the nectar(gravy) work together to keep them as healthy as humanly possible. These combinations have been tested and are tried and true.

I'm looking forward to hearing your stories and experiences!


Dawn

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Trust your journey....



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Re: Hi! I would like to introduce myself.... and a few questions. [Re: Pacj24] #1422081
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For optimum nutrition you should be using the five salads. Here is an article from the Critterlove.com website: PIcky eater.


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Re: Hi! I would like to introduce myself.... and a few questions. [Re: Ladymagyver] #1422089
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Thank you. Salad three looks like it is the closest to what I am already feeding them. I just need to add a few more things.


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