Sugar Gliders As Pets: The Pros and Cons
There is no doubt about it: sugar gliders are so cute you would never miss the chance of playing and bonding with them. Moreover, they are so tiny that they can fit in your pockets and take them wherever you go. These little gliders of Australia are affectionate, smart and extremely loving. If you need an animal companion that does not require too much aside from your caring and loving, then you should definitely consider getting one.
Considering getting a sugar glider requires you to look at the pros and cons of having one as a pet. Although they may seem to be one of the greatest pets that you can get, they are still animals that have special needs and qualities that you may find difficult to provide and adjust to. Thus, before you jump right onto purchasing one for yourself, take a look at this list of pros and cons to having them as pets.
Cons or Disadvantages
1. They are nocturnal. Sugar gliders are nocturnal in nature. This means that they tend to be active and awake at night. If you are after the fun that playing with one can provide, you may not experience it until a few hours after sunset. Yours may even wake up and become active just when you are about to sleep.
To solve this problem, you have two options: train them to adjust to your schedule or let them be. Since these animals can be domesticated, you can train them to suit your schedule. This would mean quieter evenings. However, because gliders need attention and affection, they may feel depressed and anxious if they do not see you around the house that much. Letting them live in their nocturnal ways will make for a happy sugar glider waiting for you after work or school. You just have to provide toys in their cages that will keep them happy and not wake you when you’re asleep.
2. The question of one or more. As mentioned, sugar gliders are very sociable and they need a regular companion. If you buy only one, you would need to give it your best attention and affection. Since they are nocturnal, yours would expect you to play with it in the evening. However, you also need to sleep. To solve this, you may wish to get another (a pair, in other words) to provide each a constant companion.
3. They cannot be potty trained. Unlike dogs and cats, sugar gliders cannot be potty trained. If you know your pet very well, you may notice their behavior before they go potty. If you notice that they are about to “go,” take them to an area where they can release. Sugar gliders would normally not urinate or defecate in the place where they sleep. If you allow your glider to sleep in your pocket often, it will not urinate on you.
Pros or Advantages
1. It is easy to bond with sugar gliders. With adequate care and proper attention and interaction, you can make these cute little ones bond with you. They will recognize you – your scent, your footsteps, your voice, everything! They would love to curl up in your lap or pocket and sleep there when given the chance.
2. They are absolutely adorable… and cute! Their cuteness can help you be relieved from stress. You may find it relaxing to watch them play, jump, climb and glide around. If you have a pair, watching them play together in their cage will also make you feel at ease and relaxed.
3. They are low-maintenance and inexpensive to care for. Sugar gliders do not need regular visits to the veterinarian. They also do not need vaccinations and deworming sessions such as dogs and cats. Keeping up with their diet is also inexpensive.