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#3681 - 07/28/02 01:31 PM Food aggression almost killed Noelani

I have been a member of this board since it first started. I feed my gliders a balanced diet and use BML. I noticed that one of my gliders, Noelani, was losing weight again. When I first got her, she was tiny for her age, and after literally weeks of trying to figure out what was wrong, I found out what it was and started treatment. This was 2 years ago. At the end of May, I noticed that Noelani was looking small again. She is a very petite glider to begin with, so I became very concerned when I noticed that she was losing weight again. I had her out one day, and she peed on me. I noticed her urine was extremely dark and got a urine dip stick out of the cabinet and tested her urine(My mom's a nurse so we have these random things in our cabinet). Well, the block that tests for blood in urine immediately changed, it usually takes 30 seconds for the tests results. SO I immediately called my vet, went in and weighed her. She was back down to 58 grams, which is how much(or should I say little) she was when I first got her. I immediately started treating her with Baytril. I observed her while she was eating with her brother and realized that he wasn't allowing her to eat. So I started feeding her seperate. I had run out of BML the last week, so I went to the grocery store and got more. After a couple of sleepless nights hand feeding her, I put her back in with her brother. They no longer fight over food, but only if they have BML. If I run out of BML even for one night, the fighting starts back up.

Please observe your gliders when they eat to make sure everyone is getting their fair share of food. It almost killed Noelani.

Rachel2 and the gang:
SugarRay and Taylor,
Nemo and Noelani,
Meko and Aussie(in spirit)

<small>[ 07-28-2002, 02:32 PM: Message edited by: Rachel2 ]</small>

#3682 - 07/28/02 05:35 PM Re: Food aggression almost killed Noelani [Re: ]
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Registered: 11/27/01
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Good point and one well taken! It is good thing not to become complacent when it comes to owning gliders. You highlight this point very well and you have been here awhile. So new glider owners--take this tip from a veteran. Thanks for sharing and helping others.

#3683 - 08/19/02 04:24 AM Re: Food aggression almost killed Noelani [Re: ]

<img border="0" title="" alt="[Big Grin]" src="images/icons/grin.gif" /> I agree with PepPony 100%! Rachel2 is the 45th member and she is still here! That shows what a great board this is!

#3684 - 08/19/02 05:35 AM Re: Food aggression almost killed Noelani [Re: ]

I've noticed that with my male glider too. He's such the pig when it comes to the crickets. He can gooble down 3 or 4 by the time my girl gets done with hers 1st one. She a very very slow eater compared to him!!! I've been watching her more closely now, the only thing that comforts me is she does love the bml and tries to eat it as much as possible before he gets there... LOL

But you're right you gotta keep an eye on this when you have more than one glider.

I'm wondering if we put more food in the cage than usual, will the male get full and leave food behind? Or do you think the male would just continue to eat eat eat?


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