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Tips For Feeding Sugar Gliders

July 2 2022

Do you have sugar gliders? Are you perhaps considering adopting some? These little pets are absolutely adorable. They’re also really fun! Of course, they do need proper nutrition. This is one area where their care needs differ from that of our other animal companion. As your Cedar Rapids, IA veterinarian, I offer some tips on feeding sugar gliders in this article.


Set The Table

Don’t be surprised to find that your little buddies are actually sloppy eaters. You may want to put your cute pets’ bowls in a tray or shoebox. This will make it easier for you to clean up after them.


Get The Portions Right

Sugar gliders need a specific mix of foods, and in correct proportions. If you were to make a pie chart of your little buddy’s optimum food intake, it would roughly be split into threes. One third would be a good, commercial sugar glider food. The second portion should be nectar or honeydew, while the last would be small amounts of safe produce and, of course, treats. Ask your veterinarian for specific advice on portion sizes.


Do Your Research

Speaking of fruits and veggies, be careful with what you offer. Foods that are high in oxalates, such as spinach and raspberries, can be problematic for sugar gliders, so you’ll want to limit them. Many fruits are fine, but don’t offer too many sugary snacks. Canned and frozen produce are also best avoided. 


Dinnertime

Sugar gliders are nocturnal by nature. Your little pals may prefer eating their main meal at night! However, they should always have clean water and some kibble available.


Treats

Who doesn’t enjoy a treat now and then? Dubia roaches and waxworms are popular with these little furballs. Other options include pet-safe yogurt drops, and organic applesauce or apple juice. Ask your veterinarian for recommendations.


Don’t Overfeed

Obesity is just as bad for our animal companions as it Is for us. Stick with recommended portions, and don’t go crazy with treats.


Avoid Bad Foods

Take care not to offer anything unsafe. Some of these include garlic, onions, chocolate, dairy, and anything treated with pesticides. There are also many things that are only okay once in a while. As mentioned above, anything high in oxalates is also unsafe. Ask your veterinarian for more information.


 As your Cedar Rapids, IA veterinarian, I’m here to help! Call me anytime!

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