Okay, I'm no longer a "potential new glider mom!" We brought him home tonight!
He is a 2.5 year old neutered male - rehomed. I know it is always best to get two babies from a breeder
, but I think there isn't a high demand for the adults. He needed a home and we wanted to give him one.
He crabbed a little when we moved his pouch from his traveling cage to his big cage after we got it set up. He woke up at 8:30 p.m. He's very social, coming to the front of the cage to check us out. No crabbing at all. Running on his wheel, eating.
While we were there supervising, we had the door open so the cat could come in and check things out. As the cat was sniffing around, the glider was at the bottom of his cage (it's like the brisbane...up on a stand), at the side closest to the cat, up on his hind legs looking at the cat. The cat stopped and looked up at him. They just looked at each other for a short bit and the cat ambled on his way. No hissing, no crabbing. The cat then ventured off to lounge in the living room, despite the new family member in the bedroom. I was very impressed. Wouldn't the glider crab if he felt threatened? He seemed curious, more than anything.
Then it was time to put the dogs to bed. The cage is in my daughter's room and the dogs sleep with her. As expected, our Chihuahua was beside himself. The glider looks too much like a squirrel or chipmunk. So, we finally kenneled him. But our Papillon could care less about the glider. So she gets to sleep in my daughter's bed.
She got along great with my other daughter's hamster, so I wasn't surprised.
Just to be clear, we don't have any plans to have the glider have one-on-one contact with our cat or dogs...we just want the cat and dogs to be able to be in the same room with the glider in the cage without conflict.
We were going to give it a few days before we started daytime bonding
pouch time. Does that sound right? Or, can we do that after a couple days? Not sure yet how to read the glider's queues.
Can't wait to get a tent too.