Feeding Your Sugar Glider

Like any pets, sugar gliders have some specific nutritional needs, and must be fed a proper diet in order to stay healthy. Your Diamond Bar sugar glider’s regular diet should include fruits, vegetables, insects, and pellet food that is specifically made for sugar gliders, insectivores, and carnivores. You can buy the insects either live or canned. You may prefer canned, as it’s a bit neater and easier that way. Sugar gliders also need a nectar product, which you can get at a commercial pet store.

These cute little pets also enjoy treats and special snacks from time to time. Giving your sugar glider treats will help your little buddy from becoming bored with its diet. Just like people, these little ones enjoy some variety from time to time. You can also use treats to help teach your sugar glider to come when you call it.

For treats, you can give your sugar glider unseasoned, cooked meat, such as chicken or beef. You might be surprised to discover your little pet may also enjoy tofu. You can find packaged treats for sugar gliders, such as vanilla or honey sticks, mango treats, dried rose hip snacks, yogurt drops, rose petals, hibiscus flowers, eucalyptus branches, and diced coconut.

There are certain foods you should avoid giving your sugar glider. Sugar gliders cannot process any foods that are high in fat contents. Do not give your little pet nuts, as they are not only a choking hazard, but are difficult for sugar gliders to digest. Fatty foods, such as rich meats and cheeses, are also bad for sugar gliders. In general, with the exception of yogurt, dairy products are not good treats for sugar gliders. Corn is also a no-no, although your sugar glider may absolutely love it. Birdseeds, lettuce, grapes, and avocados should also be avoided.

One thing to keep in mind is that your sugar glider has a very, very tiny esophagus. They can easily choke on nuts and seeds, so keep away from them. They often suck the juice out of their food, and discard the solid bits. This is normal, so don’t worry if you see your sugar glider doing this. This is one reason you do need to be meticulous about keeping your sugar glider’s cage clean, however, as otherwise those discarded pieces will decay and can contaminate your cute little pet’s home.

Please contact your Diamond Bar vet with any questions about the care and behavior of your pet sugar glider.

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