While sugar gliders are not obligate vegetarians, they can enjoy healthy foods. While wild gliders don’t rely on fruit, vegetables, nuts, and grains for their diets, captive sugar gliders may not be able to get all the nutrients they need from fruit-based foods. Their diets may be inadequate in protein, calcium, and other nutrients. This can lead to a variety of health issues, including periodontal disease and osteoporosis. Moreover, the animals may not eat enough of these foods, and this can lead to malnutrition.
Sugar gliders are also vulnerable to metabolic bone disease, which can be caused by a calcium-to-phosphorous ratio that is too low. An imbalance between these two nutrients can cause calcium to leach from the bone and other tissues, causing brittle bones. To help avoid this, sugar gliders should be fed calcium supplements.
Nuts and raisins are an excellent food source for sugar gliders. The gliders chew on them to get the nutrients and moisture from them, then discard the rest. It’s similar to how humans chew on fruits or vegetables. They suck the juices and then spit out the pieces.
These fruits are rich in fiber, vitamins, and minerals. They should be fed in small amounts. They should also have three to four different types of fruit. However, avoid giving them raw fruits or vegetables. The seeds can contain pesticides. The calyx can also be toxic.
Fresh fruits and vegetables should make up about 25 percent of the sugar glider’s diet. For best results, use organic produce. This way, your sugar glider won’t be exposed to harmful chemicals and pesticides. Fresh fruit and vegetables should also be free of high oxalates, which can interfere with calcium absorption.
While it may seem like raisins are healthy, the truth is that these foods can have severe side effects on your sugar glider. They can cause excessive weight gain and can damage the glider’s kidneys. The best solution is to introduce raisins slowly. First, make sure to thoroughly wash them before giving them to your glider. Then, you can add raisins to your sugar glider’s diet a few times a month.
Sugar gliders are omnivores, which means they eat a variety of food. Their diet includes insects, larvae, arachnids, and small vertebrates. However, during the winter and autumn, they rely heavily on eucalyptus sap to survive. Since sugar gliders gorge on sweet food, their nutritional needs are not the best.
When feeding your sugar gliders, always include at least three to four servings of different fruits and vegetables. However, don’t include raw fruit and vegetables. They might become obese if you overfeed them. Besides, excess calories may lead to selective feeding on favored ingredients.
To keep your sugar glider’s digestive system healthy, add a variety of fruits. Fruits with no pits are ideal. If you’re going to use dried fruit, make sure it is dried and not the canned variety. It will have a lower acid content than fruit purchased in the store.
Raisins and nuts are excellent treats for your sugar glider. However, they should only make up about five percent of the sugar glider’s diet. You can also give them small pieces of chopped fruit or unsalted nuts as treats. If you’re on a budget, you can also buy preservative-free treats from your local pet store.
There are many other alternatives to nuts and raisins that your sugar glider can eat. For example, you can freeze baby cereal. However, if you do not want to make your glider sick, you should discard it after three days. Alternatively, you can use soy powdered milk and juice. Just make sure to avoid scorching or boiling.
As a general rule, sugar gliders do best on fresh fruits and vegetables. Try to serve fresh vegetables and fruit to them every night. You should also give them cooked lean meat, chicken or eggs. You can also feed them yogurt or cottage cheese.