Just wanted to see what the general opinion was of this. It's not an 'approved diet
' as such, but has been used for roughly 15 years in the UK with good results.
This week, I've made a fruit/veg mix using:
-1 and a half Papaya
-1 Box of raspberries
-1 Sweet Potato
-Half a Butternut Squash
This gave me a total ratio of 2.2:1. I cut them all up into pieces and blend them into a 'smoothie' using a hand blender. I then put 2 tablespoons of Linseed into a bowl with about 8 tablespoons of boiling water and leave to soak for a few minutes until the seeds absorb the water and become 'oily'.
To the fruit/veg mix I then add:
-3 Tablespoons of wheatgerm
-1 Teaspoon of Bee Pollen
-Half a teaspoon of acacia gum
-2 Tablespoons of low fat natural yogurt
-Vitamin suppliment as normal (half teaspoon of Glider Booster per pound of fruit/veg)
-Half a cup of fruit juice (normally Cranberry)
I pour this into ice cube trays and freeze, my gliders get 2/3 cubes per night each. 2 normally in summer, in winter I give 3 every other day as I like them to carry a LITTLE extra weight when it gets cold.
For protein (where UK differs from US)...
On every other night I feed either an omelette or scrambled egg (1 egg between the 3 adults).
On the nights I don't feed egg, I give 5/6 Iams 1+ cat kibble per glider so that they get abit of crunch in their diet
which I PERSONALLY feel is important in maintaining their teeth.
I also have Gumivore Fare (which is basically acacia gum, pineapple, peach, blueberry, mango, apple and papaya in a jar). That will be fed maybe twice a week, stuffed into branches in their cage as a kind of enrichment as well as a treat.
This batch normally feeds 3 suggies for about 9 days. I vary the fruits and veg each time I make a new batch, keeping roughly to the 2:1 ratio.
Just wondered what you guys thought of it. I've had great results so far, I rehomed a 2yr old male that had terrible fur seperation, within 3 months he has a gorgeous, tight coat. That's enough proof to me that this 'works' as a diet
, but I am always open to suggestions for improvement. I personally don't believe ANY OF US have the 'perfect' glider diet
. With so many different proven ones it's hard to know which is the best. But just thought i'd put myself on the line (yes I am already expecting criticism for the cat kibble but UK Iams is much higher quality than US and I do believe some hard food is important as mine will only eat fruits/veg that are blended).
I also realise honey does have health benefits, it's the just the amount of honey in some diets
that I don't like. But twice a week I will mix some pure acacia gum with honey and stuff into branches, so they are getting a little. Any feedback is welcome, I don't think ANY diet
is perfect, including mine, so i'm always up for improvements x