You took the post right out of my fingertips!
People have actually referred to me (in a friendly way...I think
) as the treat nazi. I do not give my gliders treats. They honestly do not need them! Now, I'm not referring to the treats you give when you are going through the bonding
process, those do help, but they do not need to be a daily part of your gliders life. My gliders are not neglected, I have wonderful bonds
with them, and they are not overweight and are all very healthy.
With treats, I see people giving them 2, 3, 4, 5...yoggies at a time.
That is like us eating an entire bag of potato chips in one sitting! Look at the size of their hands. When you give them a yoggie, if its the normal sized ones, it is way more than a handful. So look at it like this, you just gave them 2-3 handfuls of potato chips (and repeat on a daily basis??). The tiny yoggies, one of those is a handful. Moderation is key, but I think things need to be put into perspective to understand what moderation means.
If you feel like you must offer them treats, offer them healthy treats. Yoggies are not healthy, they are sugar. Marshmellows, I just cringe when I read that one.
Dried fruits, pine nuts, things like that are much more healthy..again in moderation. Mealworms are a great treat; they like them, they are fairly healthy, and are a great aid in dental hygiene. That's a win, win, win situation.
Genetics plays a HUGE roll in your sugar gliders weight. And don't just look at their weight. I have a glider that if she weighed 125 grams she would be grossly obese; and I have another that if she weighed 90 grams would be severely underweight. Look at their body structure. Just like us humans, if you're a 4'5" tall person and weigh 175 pounds you would be obese, yet if you were 5'8 and weighed 90 pounds you'd look sickly. The same concept applies to gliders.diets
can be the cause of being overweight. But there are many things to take into consideration there as well. First, are you following the diet
as written? If not, well then you can't blame the diet
Are you overfeeding them? Is it a nutritious diet
? Is that diet
working for your gliders? Something we all need to remember is that no diet
will ever be perfect for every glider out there. I've fed BML for years and it works great for my gliders, yet I know some people that have fed it and their gliders don't eat it or stop eating it. It doesn't make that a bad diet
overall, just a bad option for your gliders.