Last week's post was about bonding with your Gliders, this week will be about introducing a new Glider to your current one.
Sugar gliders are pretty new pets, some first time owners don't know that they are colony animals and need to have another companion. Or your glider has suddenly lost their companion due to an accident, illness or old age.
Here are some basics so you can get them the perfect furrever friend:
- It is best to get a glider that is around the same age as your current one
- Gliders who are younger than 5 months old will get along fine with other gliders 5 months or younger, any gender
- Neutered males are basically the same as females (scent wise)
- Unneutered males will usually not get along unless raised together
- Males are territorial and will fight for dominance. If you have an unneutered male then we recommend that he gets neutered. Male siblings who grew up together do not have this problem.
- Neutral everything! that means cage, introduction space, pouches (you will need at least one blanket that smells like them) and toys. you don't want to scent of another glider on anything but the one piece of blanket.
- It's best to do this in the morning or afternoon.
- Offering treats before introductions will lower their guard
The Pet Glider will introduce your gliders for you if you bring them to our location, but for those who are unable to come, below are step by step instructions for a safe introduction.
- Start off with a neutral counter or table. Have each of your gliders in their own pouches with their blankets.
- While still in their pouches, grab one of their blanket and rub it on the other glider, you’ll want to rub all over their body and top of their head. Do the same for the other glider.
- After you’ve thoroughly mixed their scents, grab one of their tails and allow the other to smell it, DON’T DO FACE TO FACE YET, if there is no interest for the tail or grabbing/biting, that is a good sign. Do the same for the other glider.
- You may now open up both pouches slightly and show them face to face, some crabbing/screaming is normal. Do not rush this process or force one glider into another glider’s pouch.
- Ignoring each other after seeing one another is normal. Some intense sniffing is also normal.
- If there is lunging or hand swiping, pull both pouches away. Try again when both have calmed down.
- Immediately separate them if one lunges at the other and they’re curled up in a ball.
- Some gliders will be too scared for introductions…
- If your gliders are younger than 5 months old, you can place both of them in the cage with their respective pouches. Younger ones will usually work it out overnight.
- If you have gliders older than 5 months old, you will have to take a break and try again tomorrow.
- Having one glider crawl into the other’s pouch without screaming from the other is a good sign! At this point, you may hang BOTH pouches up in the cage. This way, if there are disagreements at night, they will both have a place to sleep.
- Monitor them at night, keep an eye out for chasing and fighting. Sniffing, dancing and a low chirping sound is normal.