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Author Topic: Sugar Gliders as Pets  (Read 2352 times)
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caylee
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« on: December 21, 2011, 06:48:46 PM »

I was with a friend today and she mentioned that she had had a few conversations with someone who raised and sold Sugar Gliders as pets. It was a subject that just sorta entered and then went on to another topic. So being the curious person that I am, I entered 'sugar glider' into a search engine because I had never heard of them before. Is anyone here at Itchmo familiar with them? Any input would be of interest.  Any opinions? I'm not thinking of buying one, I just want to be informed. Thanks.

I found this web site and I am now reading it.
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« Reply #1 on: December 21, 2011, 07:04:46 PM »

I don't know anything about them, but they are awfully cute, and look so soft.  I think they are nocturnal with those huge eyes, not sure if that puts a damper on enjoying them during the day or not.  I had hamsters when I first moved away from home and they slept all day and ran in their noisy wheel at night.  I vowed never to have nocturnal pets again.  I think the sugar gliders are also rather expensive.  I'm interested in anyone's experience with them too.

I saw chinchillas recently at a pet store and thought they were interesting - till they started racing around their huge cage chasing each other and literally boucing off the walls.  Very funny to watch but way too frentic for me!
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« Reply #2 on: December 21, 2011, 08:18:44 PM »

My BIL had a chinchilla. They are a lot of work. They need a very secure cage that needs to be high enough to put tall branches in and they need a dust bath. They are absolutely crazy and all over the place and they're hard to keep track of. He has cats now.
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« Reply #3 on: December 21, 2011, 09:54:51 PM »

My son's GF had 1 years ago. It was adorable , but if you have dogs or cats with a strong prey drive they aren't a good idea. Way too similar to squirrels in their eyes.
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« Reply #4 on: December 27, 2011, 02:07:07 PM »

I've heard of them, but have no exeprience with them.  cute buggers, though, if I didn't have cats (and didn't live in a restricted state) I'd consider getting one.

(We in Bucks County, PA can't even own exotic chickens or Guinea fowl without a special license.)
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« Reply #5 on: December 28, 2011, 01:18:22 PM »

Missed this before...those guys are so cute! I'd never heard of them - I read they are also called "gliding possums" and they are marsupials.

I have to agree they would not work out well with cats. Lately I've been drawn to the guinea pigs and the gerbils when I'm able to visit the pet supply store...and it has nothing to do with those commercials, I swear Grin. They're endearing little animals but again, the cats and I don't see eye to eye on that.
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« Reply #6 on: December 28, 2011, 08:13:45 PM »

Guinea pigs can be great pets - my sister and I both had 2 for a long time after her son's friend's piggies had an "unplanned" birth.  We both have cats and dogs, and it worked out OK.  Just have a sturdy pen and put it somewhere they can't harass them too much.  They didn't seem to trigger very much rodent frenzy from the cats.  I don't know if it's their size or slower movements, but the cats did little more than stare at them some each day.
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« Reply #7 on: January 02, 2012, 01:52:42 PM »

Petslave that's good to know! It will be a long time before I could take on guinea pigs, I'm still trying to slowly introduce DH to the idea of adopting another cat after a time...but one day maybe.
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