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Friday, July 1, 2016
With the excitement of the 4th of July weekend comes an abundance of stressful lights and noises caused by fireworks. While enjoyable for most of us, it is important to realize these celebrations can cause anxiety and stress for our beloved Sugar Gliders. Below are five tips for helping your pet get through the holiday weekend in peace.
Location. Location. Location. If your glider’s cage is in an open room, consider moving the cage to a more closed off area, away from windows. Cover the cage with a cage cover or blanket to help block out some of the noise and light.
Shake A Tail (Feather). Try distracting your glider from all the commotion with a fun new treat to chew on or engaging toy to play with. Sugar Gliders can find much amusement by foraging for a tasty treat…plus it gives them something to focus on besides the fireworks.
Turn it up. While fireworks and other commotions can be causing stress for your glider, there are sounds that can actually help relax them. Try playing calming music or using the TV to drown out outside noises. Even using your own voice to talk to your pet can be soothing for them.
Recruit some help. Let our products be the saving point this holiday weekend. Pouches, nesting boxes, and many other shelters provide the safety and comfort your glider desires. Visit our website to explore the many options we offer to supply your Sugar Glider with only the best care possible!
by: Sugar Glider Store
Monday, May 30, 2016
Besides researching the legality of keeping a Sugar Glider as a pet in your state and preparing for its arrival home, there are other considerations. The first consideration is where to get one and from what source. We at Exotic Nutrition encourage all exotic pet owners to buy from sellers or pet stores who breed rather than sources who sell animals straight from the wild. There are plenty of domestically bred Sugar Gliders in the U.S. looking for a good home and we do not encourage removing healthy ones from the wild to be held captive. A domestically bred Sugar Glider will be more tame around humans and able to adjust to life as a pet. It is important to realize there are also many rescue sugar gliders looking for a home.
To find a Sugar Glider for sale, check local pet stores in your surrounding area; big-box stores are unlikely to carry exotics. There are also many breeders that can be found and contacted online. Simply search the web or ask other glider owners in your area. If you are buying a glider that needs to be shipped to you, extra precaution is advised as you will not be able to examine the glider and its living situation before it arrives to you.
Before purchasing a glider, inspect its habitat well and ask yourself (and the seller) these questions: Is the cage kept clean & tidy? Water dishes should be clean and full. Food dishes should be clear of any old, caked on food. Feces around the cage should be very limited. A musky smell from the gliders is okay, but it should not smell filthy. Does the glider look acclimated to be around and handled by humans? Sugar Gliders sometimes bite, but should rarely do so if they are domestically raised and regularly handled. They may be shy at first around someone they aren’t imprinted on, but they should not act vicious. Is the seller a well-informed, experienced breeder? They should be able to describe the glider’s current age, lifestyle and diet. They should also be able to convey accurate information about the habitat, handling, bonding, vet information, emergency care, etc.
The second and possibly most important aspect to consider is the gliders health. While the quality of the habitat is a good starting condition, it is also important to inspect the gliders physical features. The eyes should be clear and round, the ears erect, and fur smooth & silky. If the glider is a sexual mature male, it may have a small mark or bald patch on the top of his head where his scent gland is. A healthy glider should appear alert and move freely about the cage.
The third consideration when choosing a glider is what sex and of what age do you want to purchase it. If you are looking for a baby Sugar Glider, consider one that is at least 12-16 weeks old. A fully mature glider will be around 10 months of age. While age does not necessarily affect how well the glider will imprint on you, a glider that is held-often and raised by humans is likely to be more docile as a pet. You may ask yourself, do I plan to get a male or female glider? Males can be more temperamental, especially around others males. It is not recommended to put more than one male with only one female. You should also ask yourself, do I plan to have my glider(s) neutered/spayed? If you are purchasing a male and would like to prevent the appearance (and smell) of scent glands, you will need to have him neutered before he reaches sexual maturity.
Overall, follow your instinct when choosing a glider and act in the animals' best interest. If it looks like it's all about money and less about the animals’ well-being, go elsewhere. For more FREE information on Sugar Glides, visit our website: http://www.sugar-glider-store.com/educational-articles.html
by: Sugar Glider Store
Monday, May 23, 2016
Exotic Nutrition's Silent Runner wheel has been chosen to receive the prestigious Pet Product News 2016 Editors' Choice Award. Silent Runners are the only wheel with dual stainless steel ball-bearing technology and axle-free design that prevents tail/fur entanglement for your pet. For more information on Silent Runners click here. Be a WINNER and get your pet their own Silent Runner wheel TODAY!
by: Sugar Glider Store
Wednesday, January 6, 2016
While there are many different factors to a Sugar Gliders living situation, the following six key points should be the focus when considering their housing:
1) The cage should be as spacious as possible, especially if the glider is spending a majority of its time inside the cage rather than outside. Sugar Glider are active animals that need a lot of room in their cage for movement. In this case, vertical space is more important than horizontal space because gliders prefer to climb and jump, mimicking their behavior in the wild. The minimum requirements of a cage are 24" long x 24" wide x 36" tall for a pair of gliders, with bar spacing no more than 1/2" wide. Cages of these specific dimensions are hard to find in local stores and usually have to be specially made for gliders. Bird cages just simply do not work for housing Sugar Gliders. Luckily, the Sugar Glider Superstore supplies a wide variety of Sugar Glider cages that meet (& exceed) these requirements. We suggest purchasing the biggest cage you can afford because there is a high correlation between cage size and the health/happiness of a glider.
2) The cage should be well-constructed and safe with no sharp edges or projections. While this may seem obvious, it is important to thoroughly check your glider's cage regularly for any type of misplaced bars or chipping paint. Make sure to buy a cage with a safe paint-finish to avoid any health issues. Avoid cages advertising a 'medical grade' finish, this is simply an epoxy finish that is expensive and difficult to clean. The Sugar Glider Superstore's cages are made with a heavy powder-coated (thermoplastic) finish, that contains no lead or zinc while remaining easy to clean and super durable. The cage should also be constructed to allow easy access to the inside of the cage for cleaning purposes. All of the Sugar Glider Superstore's cages are made with tube frame construction, which is durable and likely to last the lifetime (and more) of your pet while also providing more space for movement.
3) The cage should be secure to prevent any unwanted escapes. Bird cages have many small doors and gaps that make escape easy and imminent for Sugar Gliders. A gliders cage should have one or two large front doors (big enough to place and remove cage accessories) and possibly a few smaller side doors (for quick access to water and feeding dishes). All locks and latches on the cage should be tight and secure, gliders can quickly learn how to open unsecured locks.
4) The cage should be well-sited, out of the way of fluctuating temperatures and readily accessible for interaction. Sugar Gliders are most comfortable at a temperature slightly higher than room temperature, in the range of 70-90 degrees Fahrenheit. A cage should be placed in an easily accessible area of the home, away from direct sunlight and air vents that cause drafts. A cage heater may be necessary to keep the cage warm enough for your glider. Gliders are interactive animals, it is best to keep their cage in an open area like a living room where they can quickly bond to you. Because Sugar Gliders are nocturnal animals, cage covers can also be used to block out any stray lighting during the day while your glider sleeps.
5) The cage should be furnished in a way that the glider is both comfortable and can stay entertained while it is alone.There are many ways to furnish a Sugar Glider cage but every cage should have at least a few key items including a nest pouch, exercise wheel, and some type of rope, ladder, or climbing branch. Nest pouches provide gliders with a warm, comfortable place to sleep and the pouch-shape mimics the environment that marsupials are born into. Nest boxes with bedding can also be used instead of or in addition to nest pouches. We suggest providing multiple options to your glider so that you can remove a pouch for cleaning while still giving your glider a place to rest. A wheel is necessary for any caged pet to allow them to get the proper amount of exercise they need to remain healthy. Exotic Nutrition's Silent Runner wheel offers a safe, axle-free design that eliminates the possibility of fur or body entanglement while your glider runs on dual ball bearings that provide a smooth and quite spin. In the wild, gliders spend a majority of their time in the tree tops, gliding from branch to branch. Offering climbing apparatus' like ropes, ladders, or branches are a MUST for any Sugar Glider cage. Accessories like these help mimic a glider's natural tendencies. The Sugar Glider Superstore offers a wide variety of cage accessories like those listed above as well as cage plants, platforms, tunnels and hideaways. Toys are another good addition to any Sugar Glider cage to help keep them stimulated and happy. Foraging toys encourage habits found in the wild by allowing gliders to follow their natural exploratory tendencies while having fun.
6) The cage should provide ample feeding and drinking facilities. It is important that food and water dishes are readily available for your glider while kept in an area free from urine, feces and other debris. Place them higher up in the cage and near the edges, not under any climbing branches where they can be polluted. Stainless steel dishes that hang onto the side of the cage are probably the best option for keeping your glider's food & water uncontaminated while remaining easily accessible for you. Fresh water and a dry pellet diet, like Glider Complete, should be available for your glider at all times (being changed out every 24 hours), while wet food, like HPW, should be replaced after 12 hours.
While these six factors will provide a good base of information for housing your Sugar Glider, there is an abundance of additional advice provided on our website under our FREE Glider Information Guides: http://www.sugar-glider-store.com/educational-articles.html
by: Sugar Glider Store
Thursday, December 31, 2015
Sugar Gliders are gumivores, meaning they are genetically designed to digest gums and saps. Acacia gum is a probiotic, soluble fiber which is essential for healthy bowel movements. In the wild, almost 40% of a Sugar Glider's diet consists of acacia gum and other saps, especially during winter months when insects are less available. Acacia gum is high in complex carbohydrates, an important part to a glider's diet. It is also a great supplement for them because they can digest about 90% of the gum, getting the most of it's nutritional value. In the wild, insects makeup another great portion (50%) of a Sugar Glider's diet, which is why Exotic Nutrition has added mealworms to Gumivore-fare. Mealworms provide the proteins necessary for a complete glider diet.
Exotic Nutrition's Gumivore-fare is an easy to feed, acacia gum base supplemental food source for Sugar Gliders. This product delivers pure acacia gum (in jell form) combined with whole fresh large mealworms and fresh fruit pulp. Gumivore-fare simplifies and mimics the gumivore's natural food sources. Gliders can't resist this food which is native to their homeland, and natural diet. Mixed Fruit Gumivore-fare offers all the great value of the original Gumivore-fare with more delicious fruit!
Gumivore-fare is formulated to be fed as a supplementary food source to Sugar gliders and other gum feeding mammals. It should not be offered as the sole food source, feed along with a balanced diet plan. Offer in an open dish, or it can be placed into hollow openings in branches, to allow animals to forage. Gumivore-fare has no preservatives, is all natural, easy to feed jell, that is ready to use. Can be refrigerated for up to 2 weeks or can be frozen for longer storage (6 months).
by: Sugar Glider Store
Friday, December 11, 2015
What is it? The Silent Runner wheel is an innovative pet exercise wheel featuring a safe, solid running surface, silent roller-bearing operation and complete tail & fur safe design. Dual encased ball bearings allow for a smooth, low friction, quiet and smooth glide during use.
Is it safe? The axle-free construction eliminates the possibility of tail entanglement, back injury or worse. That means no more center axle that your pet's fur can get caught on. This design has no pinch areas, and the natural 'bean-shaped' openings allow for an easy entrance and exit, The openings will entice pets to enter and run against a preferred solid wall back. The heavy duty (pet-safe powder coated) metal stand allows for give, protecting your pet from joint pain caused by running on hard fixed surface. Running tracks are solid and have a textured interior non-slip surface for excellent grip. The interior bolt head is protected by a smooth snap-on cover. Every Silent Runner Wheel is assembled and tested in the USA.
How quiet is it? The simple answer...virtually silent. "Things roll better than they slide." The encased dual stainless steel roller-bearings yield low friction, which provides a smooth roll of the wheel. The bearings fit tightly in the wheel so there is no squeaking.
Which size do I need? The Silent Runner wheel is available in 3 sizes to suit many small animals. The 9 inch size is recommended for smaller Sugar Gliders. The 12 inch (regular) size is recommended for larger (or two) Sugar Gliders, and the 12 inch (wide) size is recommended for cages with 3+ Sugar Gliders.
What do I get? Every wheel comes with a heavy duty (safe) powder coated metal stand that allows for a slight give when in use, protecting your pet from joint damage caused by running on a fixed surface. The rear(back)plate has 2 encased stainless steel bearing sets and the front plate has the 'bean shaped' entry holes. The tracks have 'grip grove texture' on the inner surfaces for ideal traction, and the track is removable for easy cleaning. Approved by veterinarians, the Silent Runner wheels are made to the highest standards in the industry. Silent Runners can be used either free-standing or will attach directly to a wire cage with the optional hardware package (sold separate). Completely washable.
Will the bearings last? Silent Runner Wheels are made with high quality stainless steel encased sealed bearings. There are two bearing sets per wheel, mounted in the back plate. The bearings are built to last, they are the same type of bearings used in the manufacture of roller skates. If after time, the bearings do need replacing, you can replace the bearings individually(we offer replacements) or you can simply replace the back panel of the wheel, which contains 2 new bearings.
How do I attach it to the cage side? Silent Runner wheels can be mounted directly to the side of any wire cage, cage mounting does require a 'Cage Attachment Kit' which is sold separate. The Cage Attachment Kit allows you to mount any size Silent Runner wheel to any wire cage. The Cage Attachment kit contains two solid steel plates (powder coated), an longer bolt, aluminum spacer, safety bolt cap and wingnut screw. Mounting is simple and will take about 30 seconds to complete.
Can I get nail trimming tracks for it? Yes, Sandy Tracks are available for all size Silent Runner Wheels. You can purchase these durable (washable) Sandy Tracks in the Silent Runner section of the website. Sandy tracks are wheel tracks that replace the standard Silent Runner tracks and provide a 'soft sand' abrasive surface that will trim your pets' nails while they run on the wheels.
by: Sugar Glider Store
The Sugar Glider Superstore has recently released their new Backpack with Window! This carrier is the latest innovative product to help you bond with your pet Sugar Glider. This backpack offers warm, polar fleece material, zipper closure and a nylon viewing window. The bag can be worn on your front or back and the comfortable straps are interchangeable. The new Backpack with Window provides 144 squared inches of space for climbing. The sturdy adjustable nylon straps, plated snaps and closures make it easy to adjust to fit any body size.
Sugar Glider's have a natural tendency to bond and form a relationship with others, whether it be another Sugar Glider or with you. The emotional attachment and companionship you can provide will give them a more enriched, happier life. Using Exotic Nutrition's Backpack with Window will help you bond with your Sugar Glider quickly and efficiently. Simply coax your glider into the backpack, either by hand or by using a treat. Once they are inside, close the zipper completely and gently put the backpack on, giving time for your glider to adjust. Go on with your daily activities and your Sugar Glider will naturally bond to you by feeling your body heat, smelling your scent, hearing your voice and being physically attached to you. See our website got more information on why bonding with your Sugar Glider is an essential factor to their well-being.
by: Sugar Glider Store