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#43156 - 04/12/05 08:30 PM Sugar Glider Care Sheet, Part 1-Diet
glidergrl1513 Offline
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Registered: 12/21/03
Posts: 5725
Loc: Upstate NY
I'm working on making a pretty detailed caresheet for gliders. I've been meaning to do it for awhile now, but I finally got the motivation to get it done (or at least started) Here's the first part, let me know what you think and if there's anything I should change.

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Having a balanced and proper diet is essential to having a healthy sugar glider. It is probably the most important aspect of keeping them. Although confusing at first, providing the right food soon becomes routine.
The part of the diet that the sugar glider will eat every night is the staple. Although some people will tell you to use cat food as a staple, do not do it. This idea is outdated and not healthy. Itís usually not a good idea to use any food bought at a pet store, as it is probably not good for sugar gliders, and may just be re-packaged parrot food. Itís best to feed your glider a proven diet. Probably the most popular is BML, then Suncoast and Darcyís Diet. Donít feed gliders hard pellet food; it can cause lumpy jaw (painful abscesses in the mouth). Also, sugar gliders eat by sucking and spitting, so they canít get much nutrition from something without any moisture. The staple should be fed according to the instructions on the site or container.
Sugar gliders also need fruits and vegetables every night. However, you have to watch the calcium: phosphorus (C:P) ratio, the best is 2:1. Some fruits that sugar gliders can eat, along with their C:P ratios are apples, grapes, oranges, bananas, mangoes, papaya, raspberries, blueberries, strawberries, cantaloupe, and kiwi. Be careful with citrus, too much of it can cause diarrhea. For gliders under 6 months of age, do not feed any citrus, but for older gliders, do not exceed one time a week. Some vegetables, with their C:P ratios are sugar snap/snow peas, sweet potato, collard greens, spinach, and carrots. Do not feed any lima beans, they are too gassy, and only feed other kinds of beans sparingly. Baby foods can be used, but be sure to check the ingredients, to make sure there is no onion or garlic, as these are toxic. Try not to feed baby foods with added sugar, unless as treats. Donít feed canned fruits or vegetables; they have too much added sugar, as do dried fruits.
Sugar gliders also need protein in their diet. Live insects can be fed, like mealworms, crickets, and wax worms. Mealworms are fairly high in phosphorus, so donít overdo it, 5 medium sized ones is a good amount, unless your diet plan tells you how many to feed in order to keep it balanced (like BML does). Wax worms are very fatty, so they should only be given as an occasional treat. . Crickets have the risk of carrying aflotoxins, so should not be fed if they were kept on corn bedding where you got them from. Do not feed bugs that you caught outside, they may have come in contact with pesticides. Pinkie mice and day old chicks can also be fed, although itís not necessary, which is nice because not everyone is willing to feed a baby rodent to their pet. Hard-boiled eggs, yogurt, cottage cheese, and tofu are all good sources of protein as well.
Treats can be given to gliders, too. Nuts that are raw and unsalted can be fed, but only in moderation and are very fatty. Licky treats such as yogurt and baby foods are acceptable, and you can read more about them in the bonding section.
There are some foods that should be avoided altogether. Chocolate, coffee, alcohol, and caffeine should never be offered. Garlic, onions, and many seeds/pits should are poisonous.
The way you feed your glider(s) is important as well. If you have multiple gliders living together, youíre going to need multiple feeding stations to prevent fighting over the food. One station per glider is recommended. You should feed your gliders at night, as that is when they are awake. Itís a good idea to leave a dry food like monkey biscuits of pellets in the cage during the day, in case they get hungry. You can soak the hard food in water or apple juice to soften it up. Itís also a good idea to provide multiple water dishes or bottles in the cage, in case one gets clogged or leaks (in the case of a bottle) or is soiled (like with bowls).


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#43157 - 04/12/05 08:31 PM Re: Sugar Glider Care Sheet, Part 1-Diet [Re: ]
glidergrl1513 Offline
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Ooops, it says there were supposed to be C:P ratios in there, don't mind that, I forgot to put them in there.

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#43158 - 04/12/05 08:39 PM Re: Sugar Glider Care Sheet, Part 1-Diet [Re: ]
agilitygliders Offline
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Registered: 11/23/04
Posts: 1425
Loc: Orlando/Kissimmee Florida
You know what? it sounds really great.Keep up the good work!
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#43159 - 04/12/05 11:08 PM Re: Sugar Glider Care Sheet, Part 1-Diet [Re: ]
Anonymous
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You're information is wonderful. This will be very helpful for people getting their first glider.

I know it's just pasted into your post, so I don't know what your actual sheet will look like, but you might want to give some thought to making it a little more readable through the use of bulleted lists, different fonts, sizes of print, bold, italics, etc. It's kind of intimidating for someone new to gliders to be handed a sheet they are told is very important information, which is one long single-spaced typed sheet. Dressing it up will make it more than one page, but I think that is a sacrifice worth making to make it easier to extract the information and go back and find it again to re-read.

Please don't take this as anything negative. I think you've done a great job so far and applaud you for making the effort. It's obvious you've already put a lot of time and research into it. Good job! <img src="/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/thumb.gif" alt="" />

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#43160 - 04/14/05 04:54 PM Re: Sugar Glider Care Sheet, Part 1-Diet [Re: ]
glidergrl1513 Offline
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Registered: 12/21/03
Posts: 5725
Loc: Upstate NY
Thanks for the compliments! and thanks to PeeperKeeper for the suggestion, I will do that, I just wanted to get it all typed up, nothing fancy right now. That thing took me a few days to get together (of course, I did only work on it during the early hours of the morning, and I was really tired when I tried to do it), but I think it was worth it.

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#43161 - 04/15/05 04:49 AM Re: Sugar Glider Care Sheet, Part 1-Diet [Re: ]
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Full of excellent information - but I prefer to feed wax worms than meal worms - lol <img src="/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/tongue.gif" alt="" />

When I do my care sheets, I try to make them informal and friendly - like a letter to a friend. I know it's important to relay relevant information but make it so the person reading it can relate to it and to you, which is important if they're going to stay in touch. <img src="/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smile.gif" alt="" />

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#43162 - 04/15/05 12:04 PM Re: Sugar Glider Care Sheet, Part 1-Diet [Re: ozzi]
Anonymous
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i actually printed it out! i am a first time glider owner myself and got a lot of info! thank you keep up the good work! <img src="/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smile.gif" alt="" />

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#43163 - 04/16/05 10:51 PM Re: Sugar Glider Care Sheet, Part 1-Diet [Re: ]
Anonymous
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I just got done copying your sheet.Ihad lots of questions and you answered most of them on your sheet.
Thanks

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#43164 - 04/20/05 03:58 PM Re: Sugar Glider Care Sheet, Part 1-Diet [Re: ]
glidergrl1513 Offline
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Registered: 12/21/03
Posts: 5725
Loc: Upstate NY
Thank you all! nohole2 were there any questions that would make sense to put in my sheet? I want to make it as good as possible.

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#43165 - 04/25/05 05:41 PM Re: Sugar Glider Care Sheet, Part 1-Diet [Re: ]
Anonymous
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glidergrl1513,

Everything looks good except for feeding "Spinach" to sugar gliders as a form of leafy green vegetable.

Although Spinach has a good Ca:P ratio, it is high in iron and oxalic acid, both in which are not healthy.

The oxalic acid binds to the calcium/iron and restricts the bodys ability to absorb the calcium.

When oxalic acid blocks the absorbtion of calcium it forms tiny crystals that can lead to kidney problems over a long period of use.

Feed in moderation. Approximately, a few days a month.

There is a page in the GC's links located here that addressed Oxaclic Acid in various vegetables.

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