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#1411217 - 07/24/17 01:44 PM Seeking loving home for 2 gliders (male & female)
lilniffa Offline
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Registered: 08/11/14
Posts: 2
Loc: MA
I am looking for an experienced person to give a good and loving home to my 2 5 1/2 year old sugar gliders, Ferris (M) and Buelah (F), who I am extremely sad to part with. My husband and I were told we were unable to have children for 8 years and so made other life choices, one of which was to take on these two little fur babies. They had their own room in our extremely tiny 2 bedroom condo until last summer when I was surprised to find out I was pregnant. Now that the baby is here I am unable to give them the time, space and love they were once showered in and they deserve better than that.

I really want to make sure they go to a home that understands all that goes into caring for these little guys. They are on a diet of Critter Love Original Formula (HPW) as well as the frozen veggie/fruit mix suggested by Critter Love to accompany HPW and a variety of treats including canned worms and dried fruits. Just as an FYI, Ferris has had occasional seizures when he gets too excited. I have taken him to the vet and the vet determined it was due to excitement/anxiety and as a result he is not medicated. They are sporadic and he can go long stretches without one, I usually snuggle him gently for a few minutes and then give him something sweet and he snaps out of it. He's a sweet and snuggly timid little boy. He is otherwise very healthy, they both are.

I don't know that they would do well with other gliders but I do know they absolutely have to remain together, I will not separate them.

I would like to ask the following questions of anyone interested:

Have you ever owned gliders?
Do you still have them? If not, why not? Did they die? Did you give them away or what happened to them?
If so, for how long?
Do you have an exotic vet?
What diet do you feed/plan to feed?
Do you have other pets in the home?
Are you willing to send me photos and updates?

I would really like for the person who takes them to keep in touch with me via email on occasion so I could maybe see a photo and hear how they are doing. It is not easy for me to part with them and I'd appreciate this very much.

Please contact me for more information.

Here are some photos of them.

#1411247 - 07/25/17 05:05 PM Re: Seeking loving home for 2 gliders (male & female) [Re: lilniffa]
Hutch Offline
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Registered: 11/10/15
Posts: 850
Loc: Heinsberg, Germany
I wish I could take them, but having shipped mine over here to Germany, I know the cost would be too prohibitive frown They're adorable & sounds like they came from a wonderful, loving home.

I wanted to ask you a bit more about Ferris's seizures. What you described sounds so much like what one of my boys goes through, including what I personally suspect is the trigger for them. My vet hasn't had any better ideas than anxiety, either. I hope you don't mind the questions, I just worry about my little furball & would like to know more than I do.

Was your vet able to come with anything to isolate that excitement/anxiety was the underlying cause? What was the reasoning for not medicating Ferris, was if just because they were so infrequent? Have you noticed any long-term issues related to the seizures that I should keep an eye out for (or just be aware of) with my Merlin? Have you found anything in particular that helps?

If you are able to provide even a little more insight, I would be grateful. I really hope you're able to quickly find a home worthy of your little loves.
- Hutch

:plat: Arthur :wfb: Gwynevere :bb: Merlin :grey: Morgana

The epic saga begins here!

#1411251 - 07/25/17 07:06 PM Re: Seeking loving home for 2 gliders (male & female) [Re: Hutch]
lilniffa Offline
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Registered: 08/11/14
Posts: 2
Loc: MA
Hi Hutch,

Thank you, I certainly think my babies are extremely cute (😉) and they've meant a great deal to us so I'm also hoping to find them the right home. Germany is beautiful (we loved the Bavarian region) but definitely too far for these little guys unfortunately.

Ferris' vet had done an exam checking for dehydration and ran some tests on a stool sample but came up with nothing. We were all pretty sure it was related to stress/anxiety as it seemed to happen immediately after something that freaked him out. He is a very shy boy, not as nosy as Bue-Bue. Just the other day it happened for the first time in a while when I was cutting his nails. He (naturally) hates it and he got away from me and scrambled back in the cage. When I scooped him up and tried to continue he got panicked and had an episode. He gets panicked on occasion if he has been out of the cage longer than he decides he wants to be and if he can't scramble into a pouch or he doesn't think he can glide to the cage on his own, he will bob his head up and down at the farthest point out on my shoulder or arm in the direction of the cage as if to say "put me back put me back". He has had episodes after occasions like that, but again, not an everyday thing, maybe a handful of times a year? Once every couple months? Because his diet was good and he was healthy otherwise, there really wasn't much else to do as they were too infrequent to know how to treat them and when. I wish he didn't have them at all but I do my best to prevent them by knowing his limits and keeping him comfortable when out of the cage. I haven't seen any long term issues (as of yet and I pray he doesn't have any). He's clearly a nervous shy little guy but he's very sweet.

I wish you luck with little Merlin, sounds like he has a good daddy who will do his very best for him.

#1411259 - 07/26/17 12:34 PM Re: Seeking loving home for 2 gliders (male & female) [Re: lilniffa]
Hutch Offline
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Registered: 11/10/15
Posts: 850
Loc: Heinsberg, Germany
Thank you for your reply, is so very appreciated! It does sound like Merlin's & Ferris' cases are very similar. Unfortunately, Merlin's are more frequent (1, sometimes 2 a month). Knowing your Ferris is still doing well & you've done much the same as I do for Merlin is a great comfort. Again, thank you!!
- Hutch

:plat: Arthur :wfb: Gwynevere :bb: Merlin :grey: Morgana

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