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#773904 - 05/02/09 06:29 PM uh-oh
Kayrahmommie
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My friend had an 8 month old sugar glider that recently became mine after my dear buddy decided a shuggie was too much for her.
Sadly, she never handled the glider, had it in a tiny cage, and fed it cat food!
I've had my little girl for three days now and she's extremely scared. She crabbs all the time and my fingers and hands are suffering. haha.
Does anyone have any advice on where I should start? I'm so completely lost. I bought zookeepers and fresh foods for her, but she won't touch anything but apples. Plus I have no idea how to even begin bonding.

Thank so much!

ps. I'm trying to register, but my email just won't come and I was desperate for help.

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#773909 - 05/02/09 06:39 PM Re: uh-oh [Re: Anonymous]
Wiggly
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I'm pretty new, too, but when I described the glider I'm getting (also a rescue with biting problems) I was directed to the series of threads found here for tips on how to deal with her:

http://www.glidercentral.net/ubbthreads/ubbthreads.php/topics/676642

http://www.glidercentral.net/ubbthreads/ubbthreads.php/topics/705179/1

http://www.glidercentral.net/ubbthreads/ubbthreads.php/topics/712183/1

http://www.glidercentral.net/ubbthreads/...h_Pr#Post712382


I don't know whether your glider is actually pouch protective, but I do know that the principles set out in those threads look good to me and I'll be using them to work with the glider I'm getting in the next few months.

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#773913 - 05/02/09 06:44 PM Re: uh-oh [Re: Anonymous]
MehganK
Unregistered


Hi and welcome to GC! Be patient about registration...sometimes it just takes a little bit. You've done a wonderful thing by taking your baby in and giving her a home! If you just got her, leave her alone for a day or too. Dont put your hands in the cage except really to feed her and maybe to clean her toys if she's dirtying stuff up really bad. DONT TRY TO TOUCH HER FOR A COUPLE DAYS. They just need a little bit to settle in without getting handled. (You know you're not hurting her, but she doesn't know that.)

Its ok to be in the room and talk softly to her so she gets used to your voice. After a few days you can start spending more time petting her through the pouch and trying to give her treats. Just remember to only go as fast as she seems comfortable with. There's a great how-to posted on the bonding forum called into the bonding pit. You might want to check that out.

Do you know if she's ever been to the vet? If not, you should probably take her in just to be sure she doesn't have any parasites or other health concerns(especially if you dont know where she was bred).

I'm not familiar with zookeepers...I feed BML and my gliders took to it pretty fast. For one glider you only have to fix it up about once a month and freeze it and feed with fruits and veggies from an approved list...I'll try to find that for you.

Once she gets settled in, you might want to consider getting a second glider. Sometimes they get depressed on their own.

Hope that helps...someone else will be along soon with tips!

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#773978 - 05/02/09 09:26 PM Re: uh-oh [Re: ]
mamahunni
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welcom to GC!!! my hands and arms and even neck are suffering, but it stopped for about 2 days... lol pm me if u need help or have questions! welcome and good luck with your new baby!

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#774288 - 05/03/09 05:58 PM Re: uh-oh [Re: ]
StitchsMom Offline
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Registered: 09/24/03
Posts: 10569
Loc: IL (St. Louis area)
wave Hello and welcome to Glider Central!
You've done a wonderful thing by taking in this little one and you've done an even better thing by doing your research! I commend you. clap

You will find many different opinions and options when it comes to diet. I would be so bold as to say that BML and HPW are the two most common on this forum. I have used both, but currently feed HPW and love it! I've had my gliders on it for a little over a year and their coats are shinier and healthier than they have ever been. I highly recommend it, but there are other diets that are just fine too!
HPW Diet (the diet I use)
Diet Options

Is your new little one a female or male? If you aren't sure, let us know and we will do our best to help you figure it out. Even if you were told the glider is a he or she, it would be best to double check to be sure. Boys will have a small fuzzy sack, we call it a pom, in the area where a belly button would normally be. Females will have a small vertical slit or opening which is, of course, their pouch opening. If you have a male and he isn't already, I suggest having him fixed. There are a lot of great reasons to have a male glider fixed. They produce less smell, they become easier to handle, and more.
Neutering FAQ

Finding a vet is a very important part of being a good sugar glider slave. Sugar gliders tend to be pretty hardy and healthy animals, but if they fall sick, finding a vet at that time can be nearly impossible. It's always a good idea to have any glider taken to a vet for a wellness exam regardless of whether or not the animal appears healthy. Not only does this establish a baseline for your glider, but it can help uncover any hidden problems that may have been missed or just plain cannot be found without the help of a knowledgeable vet. Things like parasites can be easily overlooked by a new owner, but can be found quickly and treated easily during a routine exam.
Health and Your Glider

You will find a myriad of knowledge here at Glider Central. Here are a few more links to help you out.
Into the Bonding Pit
Trust and Bonding
Tent Time with Your Glider
Nail Trimming
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#774404 - 05/03/09 09:38 PM Re: uh-oh [Re: StitchsMom]
sheila82
Unregistered


We feed the BML diet. Our guys love it and you don't have to worry about ordering anything online. Congrats, and thank you for saving the little guy or gal!

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#774470 - 05/03/09 11:17 PM Re: uh-oh [Re: ]
kayrahmommie
Unregistered


Thanks so much to all your helpful responses! My little trouble maker is a girl and we've decided to name her Gidgit.
I've mixed up some BML for her tonight and after some cautious sniffs she dove right in.

I do have another question.
I've been using licky treats and talking to her and she'll let me pet her [sometimes]. Her nails really need to be trimmed though, the poor thing keeps getting caught in her sleeping pouch. If I clip her nails is that going to hurt the bonding process badly?

Also, can anyone point me in the direction of a good place to buy a new cage? I've done some reading and came across some scary stuff about zinc poisioning that I didn't know when I bought mine.

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#774528 - 05/04/09 02:24 AM Re: uh-oh [Re: Anonymous]
SSSteven Offline
Glider Explorer

Registered: 03/31/09
Posts: 190
Loc: TAYLOR,MI
i asked about a week ago on some advice for a new cage... idk if you wanna buy it from the internet or not but here are the links that were given to me, or you can try ebay.com or even craigslist.org to find used ones.. or idk where you live if theres a petsmart near you, they have decent cages also.. good luck in your hunt.

http://www.sugar-gliders.com/glider-cage.htm

http://stores.homestead.com/JMExotics/-s.../Categories.bok

http://www.bird.com/itemdy00.asp?T1=502915+WHT
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#774551 - 05/04/09 07:31 AM Re: uh-oh [Re: SSSteven]
StitchsMom Offline
Glideritis Anonymous

Registered: 09/24/03
Posts: 10569
Loc: IL (St. Louis area)
If her nails really need clipped, I'd just bite the bullet and get it over with. It can be easier if you have an extra pair of hands around to help. One person can hold the glider, wrapped up in a fleece blanket like a burrito, while the other clips the nails. You can master this on your own, but it takes practice and patience. If you are truly worried about doing it on your own and upsetting her, you could schedule a wellness exam for her and the vet will do it for you if you ask.
Clipping Nails
Hands, Nails, Feet

Here are some links to some cage ideas for you:
Your Glider's Cage
Premade Cages
Build a PVC Cage
No-Sew Accessories
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#775071 - 05/05/09 12:07 AM Re: uh-oh [Re: StitchsMom]
Kayrahmommie Offline
Joey Member

Registered: 05/05/09
Posts: 108
Loc: Tennessee
Woo the email finally came.
Hoorah!


Thanks so much for everyones helpful advice!
I'll keep you guys updated on how things are going.


I think I may try my hand (or better put my fiancee's hand)at making my own PVC cage.
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Mommie to two suggies, one fat and lazy bulldog, and my wonderful furless baby.

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#775655 - 05/06/09 12:56 AM I feel like a complete failure.
Kayrahmommie Offline
Joey Member

Registered: 05/05/09
Posts: 108
Loc: Tennessee
My little girl Gidgit passed away.

I was sleeping when I woke up to a clattering noise. I forgot to clip her door shut and she was running around the apartment. I looked everywhere and found her in the kitchen sink- my boyfriend did the dishes and didn't drain the water all the way.

I feel like such a failure. I just got her two weeks ago. I've done tons of research, and we were making decent progress in bonding.

I'm gonna miss her. need_hug
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Mommie to two suggies, one fat and lazy bulldog, and my wonderful furless baby.

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#775659 - 05/06/09 01:19 AM Re: I feel like a complete failure. [Re: Kayrahmommie]
Glide_Bye_Lily Offline
Glider Guardian

Registered: 04/21/09
Posts: 1268
Loc: WI
I'm so sorry for your loss... frown Try not to feel like a failure, accidents just happen sometimes, and though i know you are hurting badly, you're baby knew you wouldn't do anything to hurt her on purpose.

hug2 hug2 hug2



Edited by Glide_Bye_Lily (05/06/09 01:56 AM)
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#775660 - 05/06/09 01:19 AM Re: I feel like a complete failure. [Re: Kayrahmommie]
JillMarie Offline
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Registered: 01/03/09
Posts: 7748
Loc: New Jersey
hug2
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^website link wink

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#775669 - 05/06/09 02:02 AM Re: uh-oh [Re: Kayrahmommie]
AngelRN
Unregistered


Where in Tn you located, Im not far from Bristol TN!

Hope everything goes right with her sounds horrible how she was kept.

There is a store in a flea market near Johnson City Tn that sells suggies with a TINNYY bird cage....and they are promoting that suggies can adequatly be kept in it!!!! Idiots!!!!

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#775670 - 05/06/09 02:14 AM Re: uh-oh [Re: ]
Kayrahmommie Offline
Joey Member

Registered: 05/05/09
Posts: 108
Loc: Tennessee
I'm in La Vergne, I was just in the Bristol area last month for the race though! I got twice a year.

We have a pet store that sells gliders and racoons in tiny cramped cages, the entire place smells terrible! I had to resist buying one.

Sadly, my little girl pass away today. I forgot to put the clip back on her door and woke up when she cage door rattled. I searched high and low in my apartment until I found her in the kitchen sink. My boyfriend had done the dishes and left the water standing.
I feel like a terrible parent.
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Mommie to two suggies, one fat and lazy bulldog, and my wonderful furless baby.

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#775683 - 05/06/09 03:24 AM Re: uh-oh [Re: Kayrahmommie]
SweetGliders Offline
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Registered: 10/17/01
Posts: 2400
Loc: Tulsa, OK, USA
Oh sweetie, so sorry to hear of your loss. I will be keeping you in my prayers. Sending healing hugs your way hug2 hug2 hug2 hug2 hug2 hug2

Anita heart
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#775696 - 05/06/09 05:23 AM Re: I feel like a complete failure. [Re: JillMarie]
sugarglidersuz Offline
Glideritis Anonymous

Registered: 08/28/04
Posts: 14788
Loc: Cleveland, Ohio
I am so very sorry cry Sadly, accidental drowning is one of the main causes of death in captive gliders. Please don't be too hard on yourself. We all make mistakes and some lessons are harder learned than others. Know that my heart is with you during this time of grief and loss hug2
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#775723 - 05/06/09 08:15 AM Re: I feel like a complete failure. [Re: sugarglidersuz]
TammyLynn Offline
Glider Lover

Registered: 05/28/08
Posts: 354
Loc: South East, Kentucky
I am so sorry. I lost one of my babies from an accidental drowning. It can happen so fast. Has made me be extra, extra, careful. Hugs heading your way.
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3 dogs - Lil Bit(Yorkie) & Oscar (Weiner Dog)
& Ginger (Chi/Terrier mix)
6 gliders - Cloe & Snip, Eden & Apollo & my newest little crabby pants - Iris & Sweet Reed.
ZOE RIP sweet girl.

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#775738 - 05/06/09 08:58 AM Re: I feel like a complete failure. [Re: Kayrahmommie]
Beezer
Unregistered


You are not a failure - things like this happen - it's a learning process - keep on reading and know that your little girl loved you and is now "o
Over the Rainbow Bridge" playing with all the other sug's and animals that passed before her

Again my condolences -

Sue
owned by &
mom to

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#775745 - 05/06/09 09:26 AM Re: I feel like a complete failure. [Re: ]
tbull Offline
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Registered: 10/04/05
Posts: 3884
Loc: Wyoming
hug2 hug2 hug2
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#775750 - 05/06/09 09:43 AM Re: I feel like a complete failure. [Re: tbull]
LSardou Offline
Glideritis Anonymous

Registered: 03/01/06
Posts: 21060
Loc: Kansas
hug2 I'm sorry, my thoughts and prayers are with you.
Gidget knows that she was loved. Godspeed little one. gangel

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#775753 - 05/06/09 09:52 AM Re: I feel like a complete failure. [Re: LSardou]
Feather Offline
Administrator

Registered: 01/19/08
Posts: 11939
Loc: Wisconsin
I am sorry for your loss, may your memories of your short time together comfort you in the days to come.

Glide Free little one.

Deepest Sympathy,
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#775767 - 05/06/09 10:25 AM Re: I feel like a complete failure. [Re: Kayrahmommie]
ozzi Offline
Glider Addict

Registered: 02/01/08
Posts: 3201
Loc: Sedona, AZ
cry That is so tragic. I am so sorry for your loss cry
I also feel bad for your boyfriend as he must feel pretty bad too upset
Rest In Peace little Gidgit gangel

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I miss you gangel Boo-Boo, Lucy, BJ, and Fivel gangel

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#775778 - 05/06/09 10:38 AM Re: I feel like a complete failure. [Re: ozzi]
chastity
Unregistered


So sorry honey. God speed little one.

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#775837 - 05/06/09 12:13 PM Re: uh-oh [Re: SweetGliders]
mamahunni
Unregistered


frown oh hun im so sorry!! it was an accident, and you dont need to beat yourself up over it. you did a great thing by taking her in and trying to be the best suggie mommy you could! it is a sad thing to see happen, but just remember that you did do a very good job. (my suggie got out the very first night i had him and lucily my bedroom door was closed and my husband came in and found him gliding and playing.) they do escape sometimes. no one here thinks you are a bad mommy. i believe the complete oppisite. hugs to you and let me know if you need anything!

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#775931 - 05/06/09 02:59 PM Re: I feel like a complete failure. [Re: ]
Crafts_Critters
Unregistered


Kayrahmommie,

I'm so sorry for your loss. I know how this must feel losing a glider. I felt like a failure too. But, just know that this was an accident.

God bless,

Chad


Edited by Crafts_Critters (05/06/09 03:00 PM)

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#775960 - 05/06/09 04:13 PM Re: I feel like a complete failure. [Re: ]
sugarlope Offline
Glideritis Anonymous

Registered: 03/28/02
Posts: 19735
Loc: in my happy place
hug2
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#776060 - 05/06/09 07:03 PM Re: I feel like a complete failure. [Re: sugarlope]
Kayrahmommie Offline
Joey Member

Registered: 05/05/09
Posts: 108
Loc: Tennessee
Thank you guys so much for all your kind thoughts and prayers.

My boyfriend does feel bad, but accidents happen.
I'm sure soon I can find another suggie to spoil and love.
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Mommie to two suggies, one fat and lazy bulldog, and my wonderful furless baby.

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#776127 - 05/06/09 09:44 PM Re: uh-oh [Re: ]
Kayrahmommie Offline
Joey Member

Registered: 05/05/09
Posts: 108
Loc: Tennessee
Thank you guys so much. Nice goods and hugs are always welcome when things are tough.

Oh and mamahunni, love the Madrox in your signature. I thought I'd let you know.
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#776195 - 05/06/09 11:43 PM Re: I feel like a complete failure. [Re: Kayrahmommie]
buttercup
Unregistered


Almost all of us have lost a glider...I'm sorry for your loss..it is hard...I still cry from time to time over my Bowen. I miss that little boy!

You're in my thoughts!

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