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single gliders? #724334
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I have read ALOT on sugar gliders and I KNOW I am ready to own one but...

I do not want to have a deppressed pet.. I am planning on spending just about all day and 3-4 hours a night with this glider

the question I am asking is with this much attention a good diet and nice cage CAN A GLIDER DO WELL SINGLE?

I love animals and do not want a deppressed pet but would love a glider and just prefer 1 pet I will honestly bring this glider everywhere and spend much time with it

I WANT THE TRUTH how likely will it become deppressed if im buying as a joey and spending this much time with it?

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I have read ALOT on sugar gliders and I KNOW I am ready to own one but...

I do not want to have a deppressed pet.. I am planning on spending just about all day and 3-4 hours a night with this glider

the question I am asking is with this much attention a good diet and nice cage CAN A GLIDER DO WELL SINGLE?

I love animals and do not want a deppressed pet but would love a glider and just prefer 1 pet I will honestly bring this glider everywhere and spend much time with it

I WANT THE TRUTH how likely will it become deppressed if im buying as a joey and spending this much time with it?

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All gliders are different. With the amount of time you are devoting to it I would say it'll be fine. I had my single glider for almost two years and she was fine- just spoiled rotten and very attached to me. I have two more now but she still acts as if ahe'd rather be with me by herself.

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More than likely it would be okay.

There isn't much difference in two gliders than one. Two can be carried around. Two can be in the same cage. Two can bond just as well with you.

Believe me they can "live" alone but they are soooo much happier with a friend/mate.

Think about if you were in cage all alone. You never saw one of your own species or was able to speak your own language. Sure you have everything you need but wouldn't it be so much better with a friend you can cuddle up with at night?

My first glider was alone, and let me tell you when I got his mate Missy, boy did he come alive! He LOVES her sooo very much they are never apart!

Just a few things to think about laugh good luck.


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Re: single gliders? [Re: MizValorie] #724342
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does it cut into their lifespan at all?

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does it cut into their lifespan at all?

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I don't think you can say yes or no to that question. I honestly don't believe there has been enough research about it.


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Re: single gliders? [Re: MizValorie] #724345
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in your opinion do you think it would?

I know animals are social but are sugar gliders really THAT dependant on one another? most pets are just fine with a dedicated owner and I beleive they could be to but I could also be VERY wrong so I need some help on this

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I've had gliders for three years. I am no expert but no I don't believe it would.

For me its a case of how HAPPY is my glider/pet. Gliders are not like most animals. They are extremely social, in the wild they live in colonies.


I wish people could see the difference in a glider with a mate and an alone glider. There IS a big difference. With a mate they can play together, run in there wheel together, chirp, crab, and bark at each other. While they love you and your their mommy, their human "tree", they just can't do that stuff with you. Admittedly there is the rare case where a glider does prefer to be alone but that is usually with a glider that has been alone most of his/her life.


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Re: single gliders? [Re: ] #724349
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I was going to get just one glider, and just about everyone on this site said I should get atleast 2. I then decided I would get another one in the summer but then read about all the quartining and such and changed my mind AGAIN. Now I am getting her twin brother so I will not have to deal with it later.

In the long run I think two is better.

Re: single gliders? [Re: MizValorie] #724351
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well this glider is coming to me 8 weeks oop and will not see another glider UNLESS it does become deppressed then I will be forced to get her a friend

do you think she could prefer to live alone?

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The truth of it is, that some gliders do fine as singles and some gliders do not. No matter how much time you spend with them, you cannot be the constant companion that another glider would be and some gliders are very sensitive to that. Ultimately, it will depend on the personality of the glider, and you will not know for sure until you have had your glider for a while.

But you should not get a glider with the idea that you are never willing to get a second one, as if your first glider starts showing any signs of loneliness/depression/stress, then being a single is not something that can continue for the health and well being of the glider.

You should also consider the future. Things happen, and while I am not suggesting that these things are always planned, the truth of the matter is that things happen whether we intend them to or not. Changes in school or work schedules, changes in living situations, changes in family life (marriage, children), changes in health can all take time away from the time you are planning on spending with your glider. Remember, gliders can live up to 12+ years, where are you going to be 8 years from now, how about 5, what about 2? Are you still going to have all day and 3-4 hours to spend every night?

I am not trying to come down on you hard, you asked for honesty and I am trying to give you things to consider as best I can. It is always so exciting when getting a new pet, that sometimes it is difficult to consider how everything will work out nearly a decade later.

Whatever your decision, always keep an open mind about the possibility of getting another glider if the need should arise. But yes, there are gliders kept as singles that do fine because their humans consistently (and long term) spend tons of time with them...but as I said, you won't know if your glider is one of them when you get him/her.

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Re: single gliders? [Re: ] #724356
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Who are you getting her from? Does she have a sister or a brother? That way you wouldn't have to worry about her becoming depressed and you wouldn't have to worry about quarantine later.


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Re: single gliders? [Re: ] #724359
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Originally Posted By: loopman

do you think she could prefer to live alone?

I don't know. It would depend on her.


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Re: single gliders? [Re: ] #724362
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It is very doubtful that she would prefer to live alone. Sugar Gliders are very social animals and need another glider to have their social needs met. Upon RARE occasion a glider will do okay without another glider as a companion, but this is definitely NOT the norm.
I actually have a glider that can not come into physical contact with other gliders without becoming very dominant and either injuring the other glider or becoming injured herself; however, even with that fact, she still needs glider companionship so she has a cage that has two sides. She lives in one side and her companions live in the other side. If she is not with her companions, in her "Glider Condo", she starts to self mutilate because it distresses her so much.
Please reconsider about getting a companion for your glider. Don't wait until your glider becomes depressed... that is really not very healthy for the glider at all.


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Re: single gliders? [Re: ] #724363
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No. It's not worth it and two are no more work than one.


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Re: single gliders? [Re: ] #724364
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It depends on the gliders really...if you spend a good amount of time with her, carry her around...etc, she very well may do fine being a lone glider.

I have Bowen..who is alone in a cage (but surrounded by my other 4 gliders) so he's not 100% alone..but he doesn't have a cage mate. So far he doesn't act depressed, he's got a killer appetite, playful...

Will I get him a cage mate? I can't really say, but as of right now, no I won't. He didn't come from the best home and he has taken me a lot of work and time being with him to get him to relax more. He's put on weight with a better diet, and he's got toys galore!

If you keep her alone, and the nights you leave her in her cage, just make sure she has a wheel, toys, things to keep her busy and occupied. wheels are great!

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I just dont want a deppressed glider =[

and I dont like the idea of having 2 I just want a buddy frown

I know 2 are no more work thats not the point tho

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It seems like you're already decided on getting one which is sad... There have been many posts and your response is pretty much the same to each of them. You should be looking out for the good of your animal. Maybe start w/ one and get another one shortly after? It's easiest though if you get them both at the same time (siblings or something) that are already used to each other so you don't have to deal w/ quarantine, pouch & cage swapping, etc.

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....eeek...harsh... ohwell

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Honestly gliders are so social...and I would hate to see you get one and have it become depressed and you not be willing to get a friend for it and start to self mutilate or something and then have to be rehomed because you really only wany one...
my suggestion would be to get a rat or a hamster that can be VERY social with you and will be fine alone.....rats are very smart little animals and learn tricks etc. Im not trying to sound mean but its the truth they are socail...how would you feel if you had to stay in acage or pouch and only got to see another species come in every now and then and pick you up etc. but you couldnt talk or communicate with them? It would suck...

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I hate when people automatically put it in their own words and say (IIIII Have already decided on getting one?)

im sorry but I have not said that ANYWHERE in this post and I said that I do not want a deppressed animal

I will get a flying squirrel before getting a deppressed glider..

I have heard half and half some say they can do fine and some say they cant

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I think everyone has their own opinions either due to experiences or other people's experiences. I say you do what you want, but just know that most gliders like a buddy smile

And yes, they convinced me to get 2 lol but I was going to get 2 eventually.

And most people on here are not mean, I thought the same thing lol they just hate seeing time after time gliders being mistreated.

It is all about the gliders here smile

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I am just asking questions preparing -.-

I have heard half and half so I need more opinions please smile

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I think it is hard to say because no one can read these little critters mind to tell if they are happy or sad, especially in the middle of the night when they are playing in their cage. I think most people are just worried because it is usually after something bad happens like self mutalation when someone finally realizes that their baby isn't happy frown

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Originally Posted By: monluvspagen


And most people on here are not mean, I thought the same thing lol they just hate seeing time after time gliders being mistreated.

It is all about the gliders here smile


I totally agree with that..I now have 8 gliders that for one reason or another people couldnt keep or whatever...I have 4 that a lady loved very much but couldnt keep due to her work sschedule...I have 2 boys that I got for the same reason...I have a girl that had been alone her entire life in a 2X1X1 cage and a little joey girl which is the only one I bought....other than that I rescued all the others...I constantly see them on craigslist hwere someone gets them and thinks they will make a great pet and realizes its more work etc... what happens when you get your joey and get bitten repeatedly..are you willing to keep at it even though your havnds hurt from all the pinch bites and possible bleeding???

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I am willing to go through all 10-15 years of its life trying to get it to bond with me

I can put up with a stubborn glider smile

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Hey Loopman, check your messages or the flashing envelope

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well all I ask is to think about the glider(or any animals for that matter) they didnt ask to be plucked out of there habitat to be for our amusement...so we can at least make them comfortable with us and their needs should come first...no matter how much anyone tries to convince you or tell you they are better in pairs there is no way to force someone to do something but just know what it is like form the other side and im sure that all rescuers think the same...I just hope there is someone there to rescue your baby when you decide you dont want it anymore because it takes to much time or you got a new job and no time anymore etc...I wish I could say "yeah I rescued gliders at one time but now there are none to be rescued" but that will never happen because people will keep getting them to suit their needs instead of suiting the gliders needs....

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I wont get rid of mine ever..I have said this 5 times atleast

worst comes to worse which probably wont I will get her a friend to keep her company

what I say about spending almost all day and 3-4 hours a night with my glider is true take my word for it!

I dont have any other pets so all my pet time goes towards it!

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