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Going away in April... #1422090
03/07/20 12:47 AM
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My kids and I will be going away in April for 10 days. We have reliable people willing to care for our gliders while we are away. Option #1...I would have to bring them to my friend's house with their travel cage. Or, Option #2.... I could have my neighbor come over from across the street each day to feed them and check on them. Which arrangement do you think will be the least traumatic. If they stay at my friends house, they will see people more often. If my neighbor comes in daily, they will remain in the environment they know, but with less human involvement. They do have each other and sleep all day until about 10:30pm. They stay awake until about 7am. TIA

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Re: Going away in April... [Re: Pacj24] #1422091
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So, I love the way you've thought this through.

And both scenarios are possible if you trust your neighbor to care for them while you're gone.

We travel a lot(like 3/4ths of the year) and chose sugar gliders as our companions. So they go where we go. We are currently travelling in a 5th wheel, and sitting in my stepson's driveway in the wilds of S Carolina right this moment. So I will always lean towards taking them with you...

When we travel without the RV, we take them too. In 6.5 years, we only left them alone 1 night and 2 days. It was the worst 36 hours of my life, but they were fine.

So back to your question. The experiences with traveling with gliders are priceless and if done well, can be a bonding experience too. It will remind them that familiar smells (your scent) are a good thing. You become their safe place. And smelly things from home help too. Like their familiar bedding and pouches that they have already marked.

First you need a travel cage. Something sturdy that can be seatbelted in. Then you need a cage for your destination. I use a $17 pop-up dog kennel from Walmart (be sure to take a wire bread tie to wrap the 2 zippers so it locks them in.) Then they need a wheel on a sturdy stand, or a treadmill so they have something to run their anxious energy on. A few foraging toys to occupy them while they grow accustomed to their surroundings. Will there be a room where they can stay during the day away from other pets, or do you have a bonding pouch so you can keep them with you? And can they stay close wherever you are sleeping?


Here's our setup:

https://photos.app.goo.gl/HR7nm55qWr4RCTrx7

I've been using the same pop-up for 5 years and made modifications to it over time. If you notice, there is a PVC frame inside. We decided to go with that because of grandkids and "accidents"( the kind where they "accidentally" push it over, or "shmush" it.).
I have a piece of fleece for the bottom that comes out and is easily washes or shaken out. I use dishes for water(changed daily) and I keep the kennel off the floor and cover what ever it's on with a towel. ( You want to reassure your host and not ruin anything).

Does this all sound overwhelming, or appealing?

There are plusses and minuses to taking or leaving your glider behind. If you wanna hear more, or more specifics, please post and ask any questions you may have at this point...
jump rofl grin. I'll be waiting!

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Re: Going away in April... [Re: Ladymagyver] #1422092
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Our family also takes an annual vacation (family reunion trip) for about 12 days counting travel time and where we stay does not allow animals.We have been going to this same place for thirty years, and no, I did not always have gliders.

I was fortunate to have a trusted neighbor right next door, so I opted to leave mine at home.

I would make up their meals ahead of time placing each dish in individual ziplocks. The first few days I would leave in the frig and the rest I would leave in the freezer. My neighbor would pull out a couple days worth of meals as he needed them so they could thaw. I also measured out mealies in little condiment cups/w lids which he would add to their dishes.

This worked perfectly for me and the gliders. He never interacted with them and never had an escape.


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Re: Going away in April... [Re: Pacj24] #1422093
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THANK YOU both so much!! Ladymagyver, I love your pop-up kennel idea. I will look into getting one. I wasn't aware that I could use one of those. I would have thought they could chew or otherwise get out of a canvas/fabric kennel. Good to know they can't.

As much as I would love to take my girls with me, we just can't on this trip. We are going to Disney and staying in a resort. No pets allowed. frown BUT, we also do a lot of traveling and camping and take our girls with us. We travel in a Class C RV and take along our travel cage. We wear our gliders while traveling and set them up in their cage once at our destination or when we stop along the way. We are actually driving to Disney in the RV, but staying in a resort hotel once there. This Disney trip is the first time we are leaving them for more than 24 hours.

I think I like the idea of keeping them in their own home (cage) and having my neighbor come in and feed them. I have the feeding process down to a very simple process. I make and freeze CritterLove in ice cube trays and store them in a ziplock bag in the freezer. I also have a bag of frozen "salad" consisting of various organic fruits and veggies. Plus, I always have a dish of kibble and two water bottles available at all times. I was thinking of having my neighbor come in around 3:00 (before they wake) to feed them one cube, one scoop of salad and fresh water and kibble each day. Does this sound like a good plan? Is there anything else I should plan for or think about?

If I thought I could smuggle them into Disney I would. lol

Thank you,
PJ

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Have they ever met your gliders?

They may need to check on them a few times after they wake up or before they go to bed to make sure they are Ok. Maybe feed them a treat or so through the bars.

Or if you have a camera, you could check on them. I have a wyse camera.

Be sure to leave the number of your vet in case there is an emergency.


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