Do you know if the food you feed your pet is the right type for its body. Taking care and knowing your Sugar Gliders diet is extremely important. There are of course, certain types of food you should never feed to a Glider or food you should keep to small amounts.
Foods To Avoid
Sugar Gliders are omnivores and anything you would put in-front of them, they will easily eat, especially is it is sweet. Remember too, Gliders are small so a little bit of food is a lot to them. Also, anything fed in huge amounts to any pet will be harmful.
-Avoid dairy products like Ice-cream and cheeses etc. These animals are lactose intolerance but can take a little. Giving a little flavored yogurt now and again is fine because the lactose in yogurt can be easily broken down with the bacteria it contains.
Providing babies a little yogurt on a daily basis is beneficial due to the bacteria and calcium it contains(calcium, very important for their bones.)
-Gliders have a very sweet tooth but you should avoid constantly feeding them anything sweet and fatty, as they will more than likely put on weight and become plump, which is not good for any pet. Avoid small pieces of chocolate too as the lumps of chocolate can be fatal.
-Vegetables or fruit that are normally treated with pesticides are classified as a high risk food, are hard to clean thoroughly and should be avoided. Some berries (raspberries, blackberries etc.) and veg like broccoli, cabbage and cauliflower etc. may be full of pesticide and very harmful to the small stomach of this pet.
-Gliders love seeds and nuts, but these can be high in fat and low in nutritional value so should be given as a treat. Eating to much seeds and nuts will result in your pet gaining weight, which can also result in fat deposits building up in their eyes and causing blindness. Some pet stores recommend bird seeds as a food for your glider but do not do this, find the right balanced diet for your pets needs.
-Sugar Glider Odor. Does your Glider smell. These animals can be known to smell, yet this is again all down to the diet. Overfeeding, giving people food instead of glider food and an overfeeding of vitamins all affect the smell from your pet, especially the urine. Research and introduce the right balanced diet and your pet should smell like a bed of roses.
These are just a few types of foods and situations that could be affecting the health and well been of your Glider. Find the right balanced diet, do the research and keep your Sugar Glider fit and healthy. Create for yourself a diet plan and mix it up on a regular basis so they can enjoy it better.