Keeping Gliders Cool

Posted By: Anonymous

Keeping Gliders Cool - 08/01/06 01:14 PM

Today is supposed to be in the high 90's with very high humidity. We have a heat advisory and "stagnation" warning. I just got into a bad car wreck on Friday and have to go to doctors all day long. I'm really worried about leaving my babies home. I have a fan to leave on and some ice packs to wrap up in a tshirt.

Any other suggestions to keep them cool while I'm gone? I have enough to worry about without wondering if they've been baked alive.

Edit: Scratch that. I have to take the icepacks with me to keep my meds cool. Ummm, a bowl of water with ice cubes??
Posted By: Anonymous

Re: Keeping Gliders Cool - 08/01/06 01:18 PM

Scratch that. I have to take the icepacks with me to keep my meds cool. Ummm, a bowl of water with ice cubes??
Posted By: sugarglidersuz

Re: Keeping Gliders Cool - 08/01/06 01:22 PM

[:"green"]It sounds like you don't have air conditioning, so you really only have a couple of options...
1) Take the gliders with you to the doctor's office. Carry them in a bonding pouch. The office is almost sure to be air conditioned.
2) Place the fan in the room to help keep the air circulated, but make sure it is not creating a draft directly on the suggie's cage. You can try placing a large bowl of ice on top of the cage (cold sinks, heat rises). It would have to be a pretty deep bowl or tray with a lot of ice in it to keep it from melting too rapidly.
Maybe someone else will be along soon with some other suggestions for you...
Posted By: Anonymous

Re: Keeping Gliders Cool - 08/01/06 01:51 PM

I like Suz' suggestion of bringing them with you. If this is not an option go with the ice cubes method. Block off all windows to prevent sun shining in and making things worse. Make sure they have access to water and a light sleeping pouch.
Posted By: Anonymous

Re: Keeping Gliders Cool - 08/01/06 02:08 PM

I took the sleeping pouch out so they're sleeping in their hammock with some fleece to keep them snuggly but cool. Is that a good idea?

I like the bowl of water suggestion. I'll use that and put an ice cold bowl of water directly in the cage as well as on top. I would take them with me but I'm going to be gone until early evening, the doctors are far away. They wake up around 7 or 8 pm.

Think they'll be okay? I couldn't bear anything happening to them, especially right now when I feel like I need them the most. Maybe that's selfish but it's like they know their mommy is mangled and needs extra love. I love them all the more for that.
Posted By: Anonymous

Re: Keeping Gliders Cool - 08/01/06 02:18 PM

If you are putting a bowl of water and ice directly in the cage make sure that there is no way that they can get at it and possibly fall in and drown <img src="/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/worried2.gif" alt="" />. You could place it inside something else that you can seal.

Sending you lots of get well wishes <img src="/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/hug2.gif" alt="" />
Posted By: Anonymous

Re: Keeping Gliders Cool - 08/01/06 03:20 PM

Why not put a bag of ice in front of the fan...instant AC. We did this at band camp (no jokes now) when I was younger and it worked wonders.
Posted By: Anonymous

Re: Keeping Gliders Cool - 08/01/06 03:31 PM

Here is something they do at a pet store here since it is so hot, they freeze water bottles and put them in the small animals cages, it keeps things cool and they can lick the cold condensation off the outside of the bottle. However this is mostly with rodents and I don't know how well it would work with sugar gliders.
Posted By: Anonymous

Re: Keeping Gliders Cool - 08/01/06 04:12 PM

It would work for the gliders because the bottles themselves would throw off cold air. They'd have their fleece blankies to snuggle in and chances are if they're like mine, they're not going to lay on the bottles or anything. My gliders are like me, cold natured. We like it HOT!

Re: Keeping Gliders Cool - 08/01/06 04:24 PM

[:"#666666"] <img src="/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/evil.gif" alt="" />Band camp...hmmmm <img src="/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/roflmao.gif" alt="" /> <img src="/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/evil.gif" alt="" /> JK Sparklecoon
What kind of a cage do you have Lexi?
<img src="/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/thinkerg.gif" alt="" />If you have a pull out tray at the bottom...wash it out so you could use that with ice on TOP of the cage (mine is there are no holes)
...It has the same dimensions as the cage and will cool it evenly...or a couple of baking pans side by side, with a towel or thin bed sheet in between whatever you use for the ice and the cage itself...
So it doesn't rain on your suggies <img src="/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/roflmao.gif" alt="" />
HTH [/]
Posted By: Anonymous

Re: Keeping Gliders Cool - 08/01/06 10:14 PM

Hope you figured something out and they are okay. Let us know please <img src="/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smile.gif" alt="" />
Posted By: Anonymous

Re: Keeping Gliders Cool - 08/03/06 04:10 AM

Oh they were fine. I put a bowl in the cage with ice in it. It was shallow enough that they couldn't drown. More like a bird bath, lol. I also placed a bowl on top of the cage, right above where their hammock is. Covered the window by them to provide shade. Left the fan on in the room to circulate the air. Today since I was running errands closer to home and didn't have to keep my meds cold, I put the ice paks in the cage and wrapped it in some cloth, kinda so that they could sleep on top of the ice pak if they wanted. When I got home they were snuggled on top so I guess they liked it.

Thank you all for the suggestions! It's thundering right now and it's supposed to be a lot cooler afterward, thank goodness! Heat spells all over the place, eh?
Posted By: KattyM

Re: Keeping Gliders Cool - 08/03/06 04:49 AM

Yes, we have a perpetual heat spell here in Phoenix. It's called spring, summer, and fall. <img src="/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/tongue.gif" alt="" /> Some of our fine pouch makers also include little ice packs that fit in their pouches for when we travel outside. I only go outside from my garage to the air conditioned car to the office or store, and back to the car, but even the short time in the heat of the sun gets toasty warm. And of course, my gliders go everywhere with me, so I like to kee them as comfy as possible, too.
Posted By: Dancing

Re: Keeping Gliders Cool - 08/03/06 05:11 AM

For years I did not have ac so....I've learned a few tricks.

Save up your milk jugs and freeze water in them to place them in the cage. The 1 gallon jugs work great because it does take so long for that big of a chunk of ice to melt (worked great for the rabbit too!). Half gallon jugs work well to.

Place ice in a large dish/pan (I use a very large sheet cake pan or turkey roaster) and place that in front of the fan so that the air blowing across the ice cools down.

Nest boxes that have mesh sides (instead of solid plastic or wood) works great with lots of little fleece blankets in it. That way, the gliders can decide how many blankets they want/need to be under.

When all else would fail, I would spend the worst 3-4 hours in Walmart with them (walmart is always air conditioned!). Unfortunately though, I always spent a ton of money at walmart on those days.
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