How is a Sugar Glider as a Pet?

Sugar Gliders are very gentle and make excellent pets. Contrary to popular belief they are not rodents but are marsupials. The marsupial family also includes animals such as kangaroos and koala bears. These animals possess many qualities that make them great pets, probably the best thing about them is they are great for any person of any age. They make excellent companions for seniors who live alone and would like a loving, low maintenance pet for company. Pet Sugar Gliders are also age appropriate for children age 6 and older. Children younger than 6 should be supervised while they handle these pets.

Sugar gliders unlike rodents such as gerbils or hamsters have the ability to bond with their owners. When considering factors for bonding with your pet the most important is age. In the wild live they in groups of 10 to 15 individuals and they begin the bonding process at about 8 to 12 weeks out of the pouch. At this time a Joey would instinctively want to bond with a group. This makes the bonding process with humans a very natural occurrence. A pet sugar glider can live 12 to 15 years if properly cared for, once they have bonded with a family they prefer to spend time with that family. Sugar gliders have been known to travel out and about with their owners tucked away in a pocket. They will not run away or hide and they have about the same intelligence as a dog. These pets are capable of learning their name and doing tricks they will even come when called.

A pet sugar Glider requires relatively little maintenance. There are no known diseases that they carry so vaccinations are not needed. Since they do not catch diseases such as heartworm there is little veterinary care they require. When fed a proper diet they have little smell and keep themselves clean. This means you will not have to bathe your pet very much if at all.

Sugar gliders cannot be potty trained but they do have a set routine that makes it easier to avoid accidents. They will not usually poop or pee where they sleep. This means if they are sleeping in your pocket you do not need to worry about any accidents. They usually have to relieve themselves every 3 to 4 hours, also it is a good idea to let them go after a long nap. This helps avoid many accidents with your pet. All you need to do is place the glider in an area where it can relieve itself at the appropriate times and it will take care of the rest. Unlike rodents who have little bladder control and are constantly relieving themselves.

As sugar gliders are not rodents they do not have the need to constantly chew. Unlike gliders, rodents have teeth that are constantly growing and must be worn down by chewing to avoid injury. Since sugar gliders do not have the chewing instinct you needn’t worry about chewed furniture when your sugar glider is out of their cage. Rather it is safe to let them out and play in a pet safe environment. Showing off why they have the word glider in their name is one of the most fun aspects of these pets.

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