New Owner/Adopter Checklist
Please look over all blog posts and ask me any questions you have that is what i am here for to make sure you and my babies are happy in their new homes here is a checklist of items to have prepared before you take your baby home in the other blog posts i have links to various options as well if they are not included here.
A buddy gliders are colony animals so whether you are keeping them as pets or you are a breeder having at least one buddy is a must. we require our adopters to get a friend at the same time if possible whether it be from me or from another breeder. if not possible immediately it is in our contracts to have one within six months. A glider can be kept solitary however they thrive with at least one friend if not a colony. There will be the RARE exception that a glider refuses another glider this can happen if they have always been alone or just due to their personalities each is individual just like people and each situation needs to be considered singly but this a rare occurrence.
Realize you're getting an animal that is nocturnal and will be most active at nighttime they cannot be trained to reverse their sleep schedules, but you can wake them up throughout the day, carry them in bonding bags, shirts, hoodies, scarfs and play with them at night this is another reason a friend is needed we are usually sleeping during their most active times.
This is not a animal that is low cost or low maintenance. initial cost from a reputable breeder can range anywhere from low 250.00-3000.00 depending on your lineage, color, hets, pet only or breeding and this is for just your baby then you have cage 100.00 used to 400.00 high end and up for the larger cage you get, the wheel 45 used -65 new, toys 20.00-60.00 depending on the size and type of toy, the diet initial cost is a little higher but upkeep is usually around 40-100 a month or every few months depending on your choice of diet, vet visits and fecal C&S should be done at least annually and depending on your vet can be 150-300 dollars depending on test being ran. if you have an emergemcy vet visit it usually is at night and a emergemcy vet cost. then your basic sanitary cleaning supplies and drop pan lining. About the only thing you save money on with gliders vs another pet is they do not need vaccinations or teeth trimming they only need nail trims.
Gliders do have a unique smell they can, will and do mark their territory with their smells. They are not like other animals where more cleaning is better its best to alternate cleaning of cage items weekly and then clean their food dishes daily and sleep pouch and water bottles weekly is what we do here. Ways to cut down on smell is to neuter males as well. However, all gliders' males and females have scent glands in their chest and pouch these do not go away with a neuter on a male, but his head spot will usually fill in.
Must haves to bring home: Cage, Wheel, Diet and treats, toys a few to alternate, cage cover (to protect your walls from food) or a feed station aka glider kitchen, Multiple vet options near you (just in case one isnt available when needed), Emergency vet fund, choice of bonding items tent, apparel, bags, glider proofed area.
list and numbers of your breeder and or trusted community members if you have emergency questions.
a cage and or bag to bring your glider home in if your breeder doesn't provide these items.