I wanted to touch a few key aspects to bonding and bringing home your new glider for the first time.
Sugar gliders are scent and sound orientated. They are accustomed to things being pretty routine. Any deviation to their surrounding and routines can cause stress.
Stress triggers can be as simple as bringing home a new glider or other household pet that your glider is not familiar with. Sugar gliders can smell and of course hear that there is a new animal in the home.
Sugar gliders also like for their surrounding to sound the same and smell the same. If you change cleaning chemicals or have household repairs being made can also cause stressful situations to your gliders.
So please remember when bringing home a new glider that your house does not smell or sound like the house it just came from.
A glider that is stressed is also scared and can use biting, lunging and crabbing to show that he/she is scared and stressed.
It is always recommended that you let your new addition settle for a few days to a week in its new cage to get used to its surroundings and smells before trying to start your bonding.
Sugar gliders all bond at different paces. Just because one glider will bond quickly doesn't mean that another glider will bond just as easily. Some gliders require extra time and patience. Please do not expect every glider to have the same bond either. Sugar gliders all have their own personalities and some may just prefer not to be as cuddly or calm as its cage mate.
Sugar gliders for the most part are not cuddly type of animals. They tend to be more cuddly in the day when they are tired and sleepy. Usually late afternoons and evenings they just want to run and play, so don't expect them to sit still at night in your hand while your watching t.v. Although there can be cuddly sugar gliders that will love nothing more than staying on you 24/7... just don't expect them to.
In my experience I have found that the harder you try to bond with your sugar glider the longer it may take. Sugar gliders like to bond at their pace and if you push things to quickly, it generally back fires and takes longer to get that bond that you want rather than if you just gave them some space. Don't force your LOVE on your new baby.
What we do here at Newby's Glider Nook for bonding......
After I have let them settle in for a few days and get used to their new home I will spend about a week offering treats through the cage bars and talking or singing to them.
After that I will spend another week on taking the cage pouch out and holding it to my stomach or my chest while still offering treats and again talking, humming or singing. And when I hold the pouch to my body I have 1 or both hands firmly covering the pouch tight enough to me that I can feel every move they make.
When I know that my baby is comfortable with me, I will take them into a tent or a bathroom (glider proofed) and let them be a bit more adventurous and spend one on one time with them out and about while they are playing.
ALWAYS pay close attention to their body movements and behaviors. They will let you know if you are moving at a pace that they do not like.
Cutting up some fleece squares and sleeping with them or carrying those fleece pieces in your bra or pocket for a day will retain your scent and then you can put those pieces in the cage pouch to help get them used to your scent so they are less likely to be scared of you when you start your bonding process.
Some people suggest putting them in bonding pouches right away and carrying them with you day in and day out from day one. I find that this experience can be very traumatic on a new glider and can make the bonding process take longer. I fell that you should have your glider at least 2 weeks before attempting bonding pouches, but again...every glider is different.
Congratulations on your new baby and if you have any questions please feel free to contact us, we will help you any way we can.